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01 Dec 2016 description

MANILA, 1 December 2016 - On World AIDS Day, the World Health Organization Regional Office for the Western Pacific calls on Member States to accelerate efforts to end AIDS by 2030. By providing for HIV prevention, testing, and treatment to all to reach the 2030 goal, countries will be making a smart investment that will avert AIDS-related deaths and new HIV infections, especially among children.

29 Nov 2016 description

Update on the Dengue situation in the Western Pacific Region

Northern Hemisphere

China

As of 31 October 2016, there were 1,840 cases of dengue reported in China in 2016. This number is lower than that reported during the same period in 2015 (Figure 1).

Malaysia

25 Nov 2016 description

Today is the start of 16 days of global activism to work towards the elimination of violence against women. The day was chosen by the United Nations to commemorate the savage murder of the three Mirabel sisters, political activists in the Dominican Republic in 1960.

Labu Tale, sitting on the edge of a deep inlet in Papua New Guinea is a very traditional Papuan village, with distinctive customs and rituals. These have deep significance even today as speedboats and mobile phones open it up to the modern world.

24 Nov 2016 description

Submission by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees on the inquiry into the serious allegations of abuse, self-harm and neglect of asylum seekers in relation to the Nauru Regional Processing Centre, and any like allegations in relation to the Manus Regional Processing Centre referred to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

24 Nov 2016 description

23 November 2016, LONDON – The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) welcomes a move by The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) to add the threats posed by natural and human-induced hazards to its widely-respected country analyses.

The EIU is the world’s leading provider of country intelligence, with its timely, reliable and impartial research offering governments, institutions and businesses the evidence base that they need to set strategy and make critical decisions.

23 Nov 2016 description

The Prime Minister, Hon. Peter O’Neill CMG MP, has welcomed the commitment of fellow APEC Leaders to strengthen food security around the region, that he said will benefit both the people and food producers of Papua New Guinea.

After APEC Leaders delivered their Lima Declaration this week, the Prime Minister said APEC’s focus on regional food security will not only strengthen economies, but will open up skills training and technical support for Papua New Guinea.

21 Nov 2016 description

US officials have arrived in Australia to begin assessing Canberra's refugees who Australia wants to shift to the US.

Read more on New Zealand Radio International

19 Nov 2016 description

Good morning ladies and gentlemen,

I would like to acknowledge the traditional owners of the land we are gathered upon today and pay my respects to their Elders past, present and future.

I would like to thank the Government of Australia for inviting me to undertake an official mission, which took place from 1 to 18 November 2016. Let me also express my gratitude for its cooperation throughout the visit and extend my gratitude for the cooperation from state and territory governments that I visited.

17 Nov 2016 description

KEY UPDATES

 Countries and territories reporting mosquito-borne Zika virus infections for the first time in the past week:

o None

 Countries and territories reporting microcephaly and other central nervous system (CNS) malformations potentially associated with Zika virus infection for the first time in the past week:

o Argentina and Guadeloupe

 Countries and territories reporting Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) cases associated with Zika virus infection for the first time in the past week:

o None

15 Nov 2016 description

This study maps out the major weaknesses of each fragile situation on the latest country performance assessment exercises and identifies overall common issues that need special attention.

15 Nov 2016 description

Fifty years of tropical storms in Asia-Pacific

This map shows a consilidated history of tropical storm paths over the past 50 years in the Asia-Pacific region. The area of calm either side of the equator can be seen clearly, leaving Indonesia, Malaysia,
Singapore and Papua New Guinea largely unaffected by major storms.

14 Nov 2016 description

By: UNHCR Regional Representation in Canberra | 13 November 2016

The approach taken by Australia in transferring refugees and asylum-seekers to open-ended detention in Papua New Guinea and Nauru has caused immense harm to vulnerable people who have sought asylum since 2013. In this context, UNHCR welcomes the announcement today that refugees currently held in Nauru and Papua New Guinea will be relocated under a bilateral arrangement between Australia and the United States.

13 Nov 2016 description

Sunday, 13 November 2016

The Australian Government has reached a further third country resettlement agreement for refugees currently in regional processing centres.

Resettlement arrangements for those found to be refugees in Nauru and Manus Island already exist with Papua New Guinea and Cambodia.

This further agreement is with the United States and it will not under any circumstance be available to any future illegal maritime arrivals (IMAs) to Australia.

10 Nov 2016 description

KEY UPDATES

 Countries and territories reporting mosquito-borne Zika virus infections for the first time in the past week:

o Montserrat, Palau

 Countries and territories reporting microcephaly and other central nervous system (CNS) malformations potentially associated with Zika virus infection for the first time in the past week:

o None

 Countries and territories reporting Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) cases associated with Zika virus infection for the first time in the past week:

o None

09 Nov 2016 description

By Papua New Guinea correspondent Eric Tlozek

More than 700 asylum seekers and refugees sent by Australia to Papua New Guinea lodge a new claim for compensation for being illegally detained on Manus Island.

The 731 men are seeking enforcement of a PNG Supreme Court ruling in April that found their detention on Manus Island breached their constitutional rights.

The court ordered the Australian and PNG Governments to shut down the Manus detention centre, but it is still operating, albeit under altered conditions.

08 Nov 2016 description

Immigration Detention And Community Statistics Summary

At 30 September 2016, there were 1454 people in immigration detention facilities, including 1203 in immigration detention on the mainland and 251 in immigration detention on Christmas Island.

A further 608 people were living in the community after being approved for a residence determination and 26,842 were living in the community after grant of a Bridging Visa E.