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Dengue Situation Update, 15 July 2014

Update on countries experiencing a large increase in Dengue cases

Southern Hemisphere

Pacific Islands

Currently there are reports of dengue cases occurring in the Pacific including New Caledonia, French Polynesia, Solomon Islands and Fiji.

Fiji

No update available

French Polynesia

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USAID Rolls Out Pacific-American Climate Fund in Apia

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) held a workshop for select civil society, academic and private sector organizations on Wednesday, July 16 to announce the five-year, USD $24-million Pacific-American Climate Fund (PACAM) at the Tanoa Tusitala Conference Center.

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Calling for an end to detention of children

Sydney, 13 June 2014 — Jesuit Refugee Service Australia has called for Australia to end to the detention of children and for the Immigration Minister to relinquish his role as detained children’s official guardian to avoid an ongoing conflict of interest.

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World + 21 others
Declaration : Sixieme session de la Plateforme oceanienne pour la gestion des risques de catastrophe ; La voie a suivre, vers un developpement resilient aux risques climatiques et aux catastrophes dans le Pacifique, 2 - 4 juin, Suva (Fidji)

NOUS, représentants des États et Territoires insulaires océaniens1 , du Timor-Leste, des organisations de la société civile, des organisations régionales et des partenaires du développement présents à la sixième session de la Plateforme océanienne pour la gestion des risques de catastrophe, tenue à Suva (Fidji), du 2 au 4 juin 2014 ;

CONSCIENTS des défis à relever pour renforcer la résilience aux risques climatiques et aux catastrophes en Océanie, tout en inscrivant la région dans une logique de développement durable ;

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Meeting Statement: Sixth Session of the Pacific Platform for Disaster Risk Management; The Way Forward: Climate and Disaster Resilient Development in the Pacific, 2-4 June 2014, Suva, Fiji

WE, the representatives of Pacific Island Countries and Territories , Timor Leste, civil society organisations, regional organisations and development partners attending the Sixth Session of the Pacific Platform for Disaster Risk Management in Suva, 2-4 June 2014;

MINDFUL, of the challenge of strengthening the climate and disaster resilience of the Pacific islands region in the context of sustainable development;

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Dengue Situation Update, 3 June 2014

Regional dengue activity is variable. The recent trend for dengue is increasing in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Malaysia and Singapore. Compared to 2013, Malaysia was the only country of these four where 2014 was substantially higher compared to the same period in 2013.

Dengue virus infection in the Pacific Region

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Australia + 3 others
Doctor slams Australia 'inaction' on boatpeople health concerns

05/28/2014 04:03 GMT

SYDNEY, May 28, 2014 (AFP) - An Australian doctor who outlined extensive claims of poor medical treatment of asylum-seekers at the country's Christmas Island detention centre has slammed authorities for "largely ignoring the report".

John-Paul Sanggaran, who compiled a 92-page letter with 14 other doctors in November detailing the standard of care of boatpeople at the camp, said the medical professionals "do feel our work has largely been ignored".

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Is Cambodia engulfed in a human rights crisis?

•The claim: David Manne says independent evidence clearly shows that Cambodia is engulfed in a human rights crisis.

•The verdict: Evidence shows Cambodia is suffering from the fallout of a flawed election and violent protests that followed. Opposition MPs are refusing to accept the result of the election and there are real concerns about violence perpetrated by armed forces largely controlled by the ruling political party.

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Climate change gets more funding than food security in Pacific

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By Online Editor
6:22 pm GMT+12, 17/05/2014, Ethiopia

Reports by PACNEWS Journalist, Pita Ligaiula in Addis Ababa

Climate Change in the Pacific receives more funding from donors than food security, according to a regional government official.

The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC)’s Food Security Technical officer, Gibson Susumu said there is a need for climate change and food security to be given same priority in terms of funding.

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Nauru + 4 others
First refugees resettled in Nauru, PNG: Australia

05/22/2014 05:19 GMT

SYDNEY, May 22, 2014 (AFP) - More than 20 asylum-seekers have become the first refugees to be resettled on Nauru and Manus Island in Papua New Guinea as part of Australia's tough boatpeople policies, Immigration Minister Scott Morrison said Thursday.

Thirteen asylum-seekers, nine from Iran and four from Pakistan, spent their first night outside detention on the Pacific island of Nauru on Wednesday, while a further seven had their refugee applications rejected.

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People-smugglers offering deals on Australia route

05/16/2014 02:34 GMT

SYDNEY, May 16, 2014 (AFP) - People-smugglers have resorted to slashing prices and offering special deals for boatpeople seeking a new life in Australia, including children travelling for free, as the country's tough asylum-seeker policies hurt their profits, a top official said.

The number of boats arriving in Australia has dried up under the government's policy of turning them back to Indonesia and denying would-be refugees resettlement by sending them to Papua New Guinea and Nauru.

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Fiji + 9 others
Interview: “Even small disasters can overwhelm small-island economies”

Ms. Osnat Lubrani is the United Nations Resident Coordinator of the UN multi-country office in Fiji. The office covers 10 Pacific Island countries: Fiji, the Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.

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Australia to create new border super agency

05/09/2014 04:57 GMT

by Martin PARRY

SYDNEY, May 9, 2014 (AFP) - Australia on Friday announced a new frontline border protection agency merging operations from the customs and immigration departments to build on its success in stopping boatpeople and tackle the growing menace of transnational crime.

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison said the new Australian Border Force agency would be led by a high-powered civilian commissioner who would report directly to him and that it was based on models used by Britain and the United States.

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Australia and Cambodia should scrap asylum seeker deal

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Amnesty

An agreement between Cambodia and Australia to forcibly transfer asylum seekers to the Southeast Asian country should be scrapped, Amnesty International said today.

The call comes amid media reports that Cambodia has agreed a deal “in principle” to receive refugees and asylum seekers from Australia. These may include some of those held at Australian-run detention facilities in Nauru and on Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island.

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Nauru’s refusal of access to detention centre another attempt to hide conditions

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Amnesty

Nauru’s refusal to grant Amnesty International access to its Australian-run asylum seeker detention centre appears to be the latest attempt to avoid public scrutiny of the treatment of asylum seekers there.

The Nauru government has declined Amnesty International’s request to visit the detention centre, based on "the current circumstances and incredibly busy time," despite the organization’s suggestion of alternative dates.

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Fiji + 11 others
US government to launch grant facility to support climate change initiatives in the Pacific Islands region

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is launching the five-year Pacific-American Climate Fund (PACAM) in Suva on March 26 to help communities in Pacific Island countries adapt to effects of climate change.

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Australia + 2 others
Australia edges closer to a refugee deal with Cambodia

Australia is edging closer to a new immigration deal, with the Cambodian government agreeing "in-principle" to take genuine refugees from Nauru.

Details of the plan have not been made public but the ABC has been told they would live in the community and be supported by local community organisations.

The Cambodian foreign ministry says it will form a committee to study the proposal and has told the ABC it will only take those refugees who voluntarily agree to go there.

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Three contract dengue fever at Nauru detention centre

Australia's Immigration Minister confirms three people at the Nauru detention centre have dengue fever.

Australia's Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has confirmed three people at the government's offshore processing centre on Nauru have dengue fever.

In a statement, a spokesperson for the minister said two asylum seekers and a staff member have contracted the disease.

None of those affected were pregnant women.

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Australian Immigration Minister Scott Morrison says refugees will be temporarily resettled on Nauru

Some asylum seekers held in detention on Nauru will be able to temporarily settle on the island if they are found to be refugees.

Some asylum seekers held in detention on Nauru will be able to temporarily resettle on the island if they are found to be refugees.

The Australian Government has offshore detention centres on Nauru and Manus Island in Papua New Guinea for asylum seekers intercepted while trying to arrive in Australia by boat.

More than 900 asylum seekers are in detention on Nauru.

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