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15 Aug 2017 description

Papua New Guinea's Supreme Court has heard a request from a lawyer representing Manus Island detainees for the demolition of Australia's detention centre to be stopped.

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15 Aug 2017 description

The ousted Kandep MP in Papua New Guinea has urged warring tribesmen to pull back from their deadly fighting in Enga Province.

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14 Aug 2017 description

By Johnny Blades, RNZI Journalist

At least twenty people have died in election-related violence since vote counting began last month in Papua New Guinea's Enga province.

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14 Aug 2017 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

Acute Fever and Rash:Federated States of Micronesia, French Polynesia

Other updates

Influenza A(H7N9) – human infection

  • On 11, 14 and 21 July 2017 the National Health and Family Planning Commission of China notified WHO of three individual laboratory- confirmed cases of human infection with avian Infleunza A(H7N9) virus in China. All three cases reported to have exposure to a live poultry market. Source: WHO
12 Aug 2017 description

Today I announce two new initiatives to combat disease and improve nutrition in the Pacific.

The Australian Government will invest $7.7 million in innovative pilot programs targeting mosquito-borne diseases in Fiji, Vanuatu and Kiribati. Dengue is an insidious virus that emerges quickly when the conditions are right and in its severe form, it can be fatal. In Fiji, Vanuatu and Kiribati, over 30,000 people have been infected in the last decade.

10 Aug 2017 description

Port Moresby, 9 August 2017 – Papua New Guinea (PNG) has taken its first step towards developing a National Adaptation Plan to outline the country’s strategy for adapting to the threats of climate change.

As the climate changes, PNG will likely experience higher risks of landslides, increased inland and coastal flooding, droughts and frost conditions, salt water intrusion, and hazardous sea conditions among other effects.

08 Aug 2017 description

By UNHCR Regional Representation in Canberra | 10 August 2017

08 Aug 2017 description

A refugee found dead yesterday on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island was not given adequate care, according to mental health nurse who worked there.

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08 Aug 2017 description

Written by Grant Walton, Michelle Nayahamui Rooney, Mark Kessler

Mark Kessler, head of ICRC Papua New Guinea, knows war. He has been posted to conflict hotspots, such as southern Afghanistan, south Thailand and Iraq, before being assigned to PNG. Reflecting on his previous postings, he said he’d come from places “oriented towards jihad, bombs, Improvised Explosive Devices… the last one in Kirkuk was when ISIS took Mosul”. It’s not surprising then that coming to Port Moresby was a kind of “break”.

07 Aug 2017 description

Manus Island authorities have confirmed an Iranian asylum seeker has died at the immigration detention centre.

An Immigration Department spokesman said the Government was aware of the death in the Lorengau township.

Police are investigating the incident and have cordoned off the area where the man was found.

The man's cause of death is not known.

05 Aug 2017 description

Five more people have been killed in election-related violence in Wabag in Papua New Guinea's Highlands.

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05 Aug 2017 description

Update on the Dengue situation in the Western Pacific Region

Northern Hemisphere


As of 25 July 2017, a total of 1,328 suspected dengue fever cases were reported in 2017. The total number of reported dengue cases including dengue haemorrhagic fever and dengue shock syndrome was lower than the 3 year-threshold of the same period from 2014-2016 (Figure 1).

China (no updates)

04 Aug 2017 description

The Asia-Pacific region is one of the most disaster-prone areas in the world, with frequently occurring natural disasters including earthquakes, tsunamis, tropical storms, flooding, landslides and volcanic eruptions affecting millions of people every year.

04 Aug 2017 description

04-08-2017 - This statement provides an update on Operation Sovereign Borders (OSB) activities related to the on-water reception and processing of illegal maritime arrivals.

The reporting period is from 1 July 2017 to 31 July 2017.

During this reporting period there were no illegal maritime arrivals transferred to Australian Immigration authorities.

No illegal maritime arrivals were transferred to regional processing centres.

04 Aug 2017 description

Port Moresby, 3 August 2017 – The United Nations Development Programme has joined the Registrar of Political Parties, the Chief Ombudsman and the highest polling female candidate in the national elections to call for political leaders, governments and voters to commit to real change to progress female participation in politics, after no women were elected to the 2017 Papua New Guinea Parliament.

02 Aug 2017 description


Talofa from SPREP!

July was a busy month in the climate change calendar, and it was also a month when new scientific evidence was brought to the attention of Pacific Leaders during the Fiji Climate Change Champion’s meeting in Suva.

02 Aug 2017 description

Hundreds of refugees are protesting on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island as efforts intensify to evict the men from the Australian run detention centre.

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01 Aug 2017 description

Immigration Detention And Community Statistics Summary

At 30 June 2017, there were 1262 people in immigration detention facilities, including 981 in immigration detention on the mainland and 281 in immigration detention on Christmas Island.

A further 553 people were living in the community after being approved for a residence determination and 22,143 were living in the community after grant of a Bridging Visa E.

31 Jul 2017 description

Trafficking in persons, also known as modern slavery or human trafficking, is a crime involving the exploitation of someone for the purposes of compelled labor or a commercial sex act through the use of force, fraud, or coercion. Where a person younger than 18 is induced to perform a commercial sex act, it is a crime regardless of whether there is any force, fraud, or coercion. Victims can be anyone from around the world or right next door: women and men, adults and children, citizens and noncitizens alike.

31 Jul 2017 description


ENSO forecast from global centers indicate a 50% chance of El Niño conditions developing during the second half of 2017. There are chances for the current persisting neutral condition to continue or weak to moderate El Niño like conditions might be possible. Historical data suggests that El Niño events which has onset from July to October are relatively weaker though other possibilities are not entirely ruled out at this stage.