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23 Aug 2016 description

Papua New Guinea's Supreme Court has confirmed that both the PNG and Australia governments are responsible for closing the Manus Island offshore processing centre.

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23 Aug 2016 description

Executive Summary

Tuberculosis is a contagious, airborne and – for the past 60 years – curable disease caused by one of the most infectious bacteria in human history. Today it ranks alongside the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) as a leading cause of death worldwide.

In 2014, TB killed 1.5 million people, including 140,000 children, according to the World Health Organisation.¹ Of the 9.6 million people estimated to have fallen ill with the disease in 2014, one million were children.

22 Aug 2016 description

The report summarizes the technical content of the workshop, highlights key principles, lessons and way forward. The workshop was jointly organized by UNICEF and the SUN Movement Secretariat, aimed to accelerate the efforts of Asian countries in the SUN movement to increase the dialogue and alignment among sectors by reporting on multi-sectoral nutrition budgets and costs of multi-sectoral nutrition plans, addressing the issue of decentralized public finance, and contributing to making the investment case for nutrition.

22 Aug 2016 description

Mama Bii is a single mother. Her dream is to educate her only son and give him a brighter future. She was close to realizing that plan – her son is in his final school year – until this year’s flood devastated all her crop and the only fertile piece of land she had.

Ever since her husband left her, few years after their son was born, Mama worked hard, growing vegetables and selling them in the local market. With the money she earned she paid her son’s school fees and provided food for the family.

18 Aug 2016 description

No timeline has been given by either Australia and Papua New Guinea for the closure of the Manus offshore detention centre.

Australia's Immigration Minister Peter Dutton met with PNG's Prime Minister Peter O'Neill on Wednesday in Port Moresby, following which Mr O'Neill issued a statement indicating Australia had now agreed that Manus would be closed.

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18 Aug 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

SYDNEY, Australia, 17 August 2016 – UNICEF Australia urges Minister Dutton to seriously consider resettlement options in credible third countries that are equipped to respond to the complex needs of refugees and their families, in the wake of news that an agreement has been made to close the Manus Island detention centre.

18 Aug 2016 description

The Prime Minister, Hon. Peter O’Neill CMG MP, met with Australia’s Immigration Minster, Hon. Peter Dutton MP, in Port Moresby today specifically to discuss progress being made to close down the Manus Regional Processing Centre.

Following the meeting, Prime Minister O’Neill said he was satisfied that officials from Papua New Guinea and Australia were making progress and further announcements will be made in due course.

“Both Papua New Guinea and Australia are in agreement that the centre is to be closed,” PM O’Neill said.

17 Aug 2016 description
report Human Rights Watch

By Elaine Pearson

Yesterday, the governments of Papua New Guinea (PNG) and Australia announced the closure of the Manus Island detention center. After more than three years of keeping more than 800 asylum seeker and refugee men in limbo, have the governments caved to domestic and international pressure to close the camps?

Sadly, the lack of substance behind the announcement makes it seem like a cheap political stunt to avoid taking responsibility for the detention center – especially as it precedes a PNG court hearing on the facility next week.

17 Aug 2016 description

Sydney, Australia | AFP | Wednesday 8/17/2016 - 10:43 GMT

by Madeleine COOREY

Australia agreed Wednesday to close a camp for asylum-seekers on Papua New Guinea, one of two controversial Pacific island centres attracting growing criticism, but said none of the hundreds of men there now would be resettled on its soil.

Canberra's policy of sending asylum-seekers who arrive by boat to outposts on Papua New Guinea and the tiny Pacific state of Nauru was thrown into turmoil in April when a PNG court ordered the Manus Island centre closed.

17 Aug 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

SYDNEY, Australia, 17 August 2016 – UNICEF Australia urges Minister Dutton to seriously consider resettlement options in credible third countries that are equipped to respond to the complex needs of refugees and their families, in the wake of news that an agreement has been made to close the Manus Island detention centre.

17 Aug 2016 description

Pacific syndromic surveillance report

Week 31, ending 7 August 2016

The following syndromes have been flagged:

16 Aug 2016 description
report Reuters - AlertNet

Two Afghan men reportedly beaten up by locals while returning to the Australian-funded detention centre after day release

By Harry Pearl

SYDNEY, Aug 14 (Reuters) - A human rights group on Sunday said two refugees being held at a Papua New Guinea detention centre were bashed by locals, fuelling criticism of Australia's tough offshore detention rules for asylum seekers.

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16 Aug 2016 description

What is La Niña?

La Niña is the cooling of sea surface temperatures in the tropical Pacific, which occurs roughly every three to five years, lasting from six to 24 months. On average, half of El Niño events are followed by a La Niña, which typically affects global climate patterns in the opposite way El Niño does. The intensity of the La Niña climatic phenomenon generally peaks between October and January

Purpose of this report

13 Aug 2016 description

Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights:  Ravina Shamdasani
Location: Geneva
Date: 12 August 2016** **

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