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Cambodia + 2 others
UNHCR statement on Australia-Cambodia agreement on refugee relocation

The arrangement involves the relocation of recognized refugees from Nauru to Cambodia. “This is a worrying departure from international norms,” said UN refugee chief António Guterres.

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Malaysia + 12 others
Dengue Situation Update, 09 September 2014

Update on the dengue situation in the Western Pacifc Region

Northern Hemisphere

Japan

As of 3 September 2014 a total of 134 cases of dengue reported in Japan. Local transmision of dengue:

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Nauru + 1 other
Commonwealth Ombudsman investigating claims of substandard conditions at Nauru immigration detention centre

By Josh Bavas

The Commonwealth Ombudsman is investigating concerns about sub-standard conditions and treatment at Australia's immigration detention centre on Nauru.

The investigation comes amid a growing number of complaints lodged by detainees and staff at the remote Pacific island centre.

Hania, a 32-year-old Christian Iranian, was in the Nauru detention centre for 10 months after she tried to catch a boat from Indonesia to Australia last year.

Australian Broadcasting Corporation:

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Malaysia + 13 others
Dengue Situation Update, 26 August 2014

Update on the dengue situation in the Western Pacific Region

Northern Hemisphere

Malaysia

In the last past weeks, Malaysia has experienced an increase in new dengue cases. As of 16 August:

  • Cumulative number of reported cases: 62,860

  • Cumulative number of deaths reported: 126

    Philippines

    The Philippines are experiencing a lower level of Dengue than in 2013. As of 2 August (Table 1):

  • Cumulative number of reported cases: 41,973

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World + 21 others
PROE Rapport annuel 2013

Message du Président

L’année écoulée a été synonyme d’avancée pour le PROE, et les Membres comme le Secrétariat peuvent s’enorgueillir à juste titre des progrès et des réalisations accomplis.

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World + 21 others
SPREP Annual Report 2013

SPREP launches 2013 Annual Report

The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) is pleased to advise that the 2013 SPREP Annual Report is now available online. In 2013 SPREP celebrated the 20th anniversary of the signing of the SPREP Treaty, which established the Secretariat as an autonomous body.

Mr David Sheppard, Director General of SPREP explains that there was a lot to celebrate during this anniversary year:

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Australia + 10 others
Immigration Detention and Community Statistics Summary - 30 June 2014

About this report

This report provides an overview of the number of people in immigration detention and Offshore Processing Centres as at midnight on the date of the report. The report is produced on a monthly basis.

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Malaysia + 11 others
Dengue Situation Update, 12 August 2014

Update on the dengue situation in the Western Pacific Region

Northern Hemisphere

In the last past weeks, Malaysia has experienced an increase in new dengue cases. As of 23 July:

  • Cumulative number of reported cases: 53,246
  • Cumulative number of deaths reported: 147

The Philippines are experiencing a lower level of Dengue than in 2013. As of 19 July (Table 1):

  • Cumulative number of reported cases: 35,264
  • Cumulative number of deaths reported: 134
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World + 3 others
JRS paper: A Regional Response to Forced Migration

Refugees in Asia Pacific: an overview

With the lowest number of signatories to the 1951 Refugee Convention in the world, the Asia Pacific region offers paltry protection to people on the move. Consequently, the millions of refugees and asylum seekers who transit through this region or arrive here in the hope of finding safety face numerous and often insurmountable challenges.

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World + 4 others
20th Regional Disaster Managers Meeting : Chair's Summary

The 20th Regional Disaster Managers Meeting was convened jointly by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs at the Novotel Hotel, in Suva, Fiji on 5th ‐ 6th June 2014.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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World + 14 others
Swamped by Rising Seas, Small Islands Seek a Lifeline

By Thalif Deen

UNITED NATIONS, Aug 11 2014 (IPS) - The world’s 52 small island developing states (SIDS), some in danger of being wiped off the face of the earth because of sea-level rise triggered by climate change, will be the focus of an international conference in the South Pacific island nation of Samoa next month.

Scheduled to take place Sep. 1-2, the conference will provide world leaders with “a first-hand opportunity to experience climate change and poverty challenges of small islands.”

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PACC Technical Report No. 8 – Guidelines for the design of a conjunctive water supply system in Nauru

The PACC Technical Report series is a collection of the technical knowledge generated by the various PACC activities at both national and regional level. The reports are aimed at climate change adaptation practitioners in the Pacific region and beyond, with the intention of sharing experiences and lessons learned from the diverse components of the PACC programme. The technical knowledge is also feeding into and informing policy processes within the region.

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Australia + 3 others
Australia 'offered asylum-seekers lifeboats to go to India'

08/04/2014 04:47 GMT

SYDNEY, August 4, 2014 (AFP) - Asylum-seekers held on an Australian customs vessel at sea for weeks were given lifeboats and told to make their own way back to India, a lawyer for the group said Monday.

The boatload of 157, who lawyer Hugh de Kretser said were mostly Christian Tamils fleeing persecution in Sri Lanka, set sail from India hoping to get to Australia.

"The clients we spoke to were absolutely terrified at what lay ahead for them," said de Kretser, who is executive director of the Human Rights Law Centre.

Agence France-Presse:

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Australia + 2 others
Immigration detention inquiry: Government tried to cover up asylum seekers' mental health problems, inquiry told

By Rebecca Barrett and Karen Barlow

The national inquiry into children in immigration detention has heard evidence alleging a Government cover-up about the scale of mental health issues among child asylum seekers.

Psychiatrist Dr Peter Young was the director of mental health services at detention centre service provider, International Health and Mental Services (IHMS), for three years until earlier this month.

Australian Broadcasting Corporation:

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Australia + 3 others
Australia's treatment of child asylum-seekers 'abuse': churches

07/30/2014 07:08 GMT

by Glenda KWEK

SYDNEY, July 30, 2014 (AFP) - The Australian government Wednesday rejected a report from church leaders describing its treatment of child asylum-seekers as "state-sanctioned abuse", saying such claims were "offensive".

The report by a coalition of leaders from Christian churches criticises how unaccompanied asylum-seeker children are kept in immigration detention.

Agence France-Presse:

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Cambodia + 9 others
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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Fiji + 12 others
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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Australia + 2 others
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 ;

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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World + 21 others
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;

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.