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World + 4 others
Australia reinforces its commitment in fight against AIDS

Bobby Ramakant, Citizen News Service (CNS)

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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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Philippines + 5 others
Asia Pacific Region: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot 8 - 14 July 2014

Authorities declare a state of calamity as food packs are provided to the 160,000 people affected by the floods in Maguindanao province of the Philippines.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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First Counter-Trafficking Law Comes into Force in Papua New Guinea

This week Papua New Guinea (PNG) gazetted the first counter-trafficking legislation making smuggling and trafficking in persons a criminal offence in the country and creating a legal base to protect victims.

IOM played an instrumental role in the development of the law, drawing on global knowledge and experience to advise the PNG Department of Justice and Attorney General on a continuous basis, providing recommendations on formulation of the Act and its application.

International Organization for Migration:

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Somalia + 7 others
10 July 2014: World - ECHO Flash Events

Mexico, Guatemala – Earthquake

• Three people were killed in Mexico and two in Guatemala by the earthquake of 7 July. In Mexico, 9 000 houses and several roads were damaged in 15 municipalities.
In Guatemala, a state of calamity was declared in the affected areas, where approx. 25 000 people have been affected. Out of 1 459 evacuees, 114 remain in temporary shelters.
(ECHO, NGOs, CONRED)

U.S.A. – Severe Weather

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Papua New Guinea - Floods in Gulf Province (ECHO Daily Flash - 10 July 2014)

  • Continuous heavy rain since June caused flooding in Baimuru and Kikori districts of Gulf Province.

  • Approximately 4 000 households (27 017 people) have been affected. No casualties have been reported. 37 houses and food gardens were washed away. Water sources were polluted by chemicals from the drilling areas. Shelters and food are needed for the most affected people in Baimuru (11 369 people).

  • National authorities are planning the proper response in coordination with Disaster Management Team (DMT)

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Japan + 3 others
Asia Pacific Region: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot 1 - 7 July 2014

Typhoon Neoguri is headed towards Japan and the government has issued warnings and evacuation advisories. Papua New Guinea and the Philippines continue to experience heavy floods.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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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:

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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:

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Police set hundreds of homes ablaze near Porgera gold mine

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Amnesty

Police officers in Papua New Guinea (PNG) who are responsible for burning more than 200 homes to the ground close to a gold mine must be investigated and those found responsible for human rights violations prosecuted, said Amnesty International.

The homes were set ablaze during an early morning raid on Friday 6 June in Wingima village, close to Porgera gold mine in central PNG, according to community leaders.

The mine is majority-owned and operated by Canadian mining giant Barrick Gold Corporation.

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UN agency labels PNG's HIV and AIDS crisis a pandemic

There is a growing concern in PNG about a public health emergency centring on HIV and AIDS, with one United Nations' agency labelling it a pandemic.

A United Nations' agency has labelled PNG's growing HIV and AIDS public health emergency a pandemic.

Papua New Guinea has well over 90 per cent of the Pacific region's HIV cases.

The Executive Director of UNAIDS, and UN Assistant Secretary General Jan Beagle, and the agency's regional director Steve Kraus, have been to PNG to see the scale of the problem for themselves.

Australian Broadcasting Corporation:

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PNG cyclone victims say still awaiting relief

Updated at 2:19 pm on 26 May 2014

Papua New Guineans in Milne Bay Province say they are still awaiting government assistance in the aftermath of Cyclone Ita.

PNG Village reports the Provincial Disaster Coordinator in Alotau, Eric Balaria, says money sent by the Prime Minister to the Disaster Office for the people is still tied up in the Treasury Department.

Mr Balaria says 2.1 million US dollars was pledged by Mr O'Neill to assist the people of Alotau, but he has not received anything yet.

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Communities at the centre of the AIDS response

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UNAIDS

The communities most affected by HIV have always been at the forefront of the response to the epidemic, mobilizing and inspiring others to act. In her official visit to Papua New Guinea, taking place during the last week of May, UNAIDS Deputy Executive Director Jan Beagle witnessed how community leadership is making a difference for people living with HIV in the country.

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Australia + 1 other
PNG police blast Australia riot review as 'cover-up'

05/29/2014 05:34 GMT

SYDNEY, May 29, 2014 (AFP) - Papua New Guinea police Thursday said an investigation into a riot at an Australian detention centre on Manus Island that left an asylum-seeker dead "stinks of a major cover-up".

Deputy Commissioner Simon Kauba said the findings of the probe, carried out on behalf of the Australian government, "only hampers our on-going investigations into the riot" which also left 69 people injured in February.

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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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Papua New Guinea: Water for Kobuan

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Oxfam

Kobuan is a coastal settlement in central Bougainville, Papua New Guinea. Around 100 people from 16 households live there, earning money from the crops they grow and animals they rear.

A rusty, makeshift pipe used to feed a trickle of water into the village from the nearest water source, a natural spring, to one family. Some other families used this pipe, but it had become corroded through age and the elements so its water was often dirty and unfit to drink. It often caused illness.

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World + 22 others
Climate change gets more funding than food security in Pacific

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PACNEWS

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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Australia + 4 others
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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