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22 Mar 2017 description

The government in Papua New Guinea has launched an action plan to eliminate child labour.

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21 Mar 2017 description

A refugee on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island says the fight that broke out between detainees and guards in one of the detention centre's mess halls was sparked by verbal abuse from security personnel.

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20 Mar 2017 description
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20 Mar 2017 description

A brawl between refugees and their guards broke out at the detention centre on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island on Saturday, when a dispute over food turned violent.

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15 Mar 2017 description

The Papua New Guinea government has been given the go ahead to deport 166 asylum seekers at the Australian run detention centre on Manus Island.

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15 Mar 2017 description

By political reporter Stephanie Anderson

The United States could resettle no-one from Australia's offshore immigration centres and still argue it has honoured its deal with the Turnbull Government, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

But DFAT maintains that it expects the United States will take in large numbers of refugees from Manus Island and Nauru, as part of the deal brokered in the closing weeks of the Obama administration.

13 Mar 2017 description

Australia's regional asylum seeker processing centre on Manus Island will be winding up in October, according to Papua New Guinea Planning Minister Charles Abel.

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10 Mar 2017 description

Key updates

  • Countries, territories and subnational areas reporting vector-borne Zika virus (ZIKV) infections for the first time since 1 February: None

  • Countries and territories reporting microcephaly and other central nervous system malformations potentially associated with ZIKV infection for the first time since 1 February: Mexico, Saint Martin

  • Countries and territories reporting Guillain-Barré syndrome cases associated with ZIKV infection for the first time since 1 February: Curaçao, Trinidad and Tobago

08 Mar 2017 description

Every year, an estimated 246 million children are subject to some form of gender-based violence – mistreatment, bullying, psychological abuse and sexual harassment in or on the way to school. Agenda 2030 places gender equality and inclusive and equitable quality education at the heart of its concerns, and addresses violence against girls and boys as a cross-cutting concern.

08 Mar 2017 description


Papua New Guinea is at risk from earthquakes, tsunamis, floods and volcanic eruptions. Across the islands, there are 16 active volcanoes of which six (Rabaul, Ulawun, Pago, Karkar, Manam, and Mount Lamington) are classified as high risk.

08 Mar 2017 description

Benjamin Robinson-Drawbridge, Reporter

The health clinic for Australia's immigration detainees on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island has reopened after it closed temporarily over the weekend.

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06 Mar 2017 description

Port Moresby, 28 February 2017 – Fifty female candidates who intend to run in the 2017 national elections have been selected to participate in a week of training on parliamentary processes.

In a highly competitive process, participants from 22 provinces were selected from over 200 applicants and will betrained on critical national policy issues, parliamentary processes and campaign strategies from 6 to 13 March 2017 in Port Moresby.

06 Mar 2017 description

The medical clinic at Australia's immigration detention centre on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island has reportedly been closed, with only emergencies being accepted.

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06 Mar 2017 description

The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme has launched its new Strategic Plan, which will provide guidance and direction for the Secretariat over the next ten years.

The new Strategic Plan was approved at the annual SPREP meeting held last year in Niue, and has now replaced the previous five year strategic plan.

03 Mar 2017 description

Papua New Guinea - IOM, working in close partnership with the Papua New Guinea (PNG) government’s National Disaster Centre (NDC), has developed and handed over an Information Management System (IMS) that will be used to collect, analyze, report and store information on disaster and displacement incidents in the country.

03 Mar 2017 description

By Eric Tlozek

The medical clinic at Australia's detention centre on Manus Island may be shut down because its operator did not comply with medical registration laws, Papua New Guinea's Government says.

PNG's Health Minister Michael Malabag is preparing a report for the country's National Executive Council on alleged breaches of the Medical Registration Act by International Health and Medical Services (IHMS), which is paid by the Australian Government to provide medical care to asylum seekers on Manus Island.

02 Mar 2017 description

Australia has ratcheted up efforts to clear the Manus Island detention centre of people who have twice had their refugee claims rejected

By Colin Packham and Aaron Bunch

SYDNEY, March 2 (Reuters) - Dozens of asylum seekers held in a detention centre in Papua New Guinea have elected to accept cash from Australia to return to their home countries, officials and refugees said, the largest exodus from the South Pacific camp in four years.

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02 Mar 2017 description


  • Joint FAO-WFP support to Fiji Food Security & Livelihoods Cluster to complete Tropical Cyclone Winston Recovery Needs & Vulnerability Assessment

  • Cluster support, such as (training, workshops and remote support) activities and plans proposed for Solomon Islands, Fiji, and Vanuatu

  • Joint WFP-UNDP-rPFSCsupport to Solomon Islands Rapid Sectoral Assessment and 72-hr assessment tool training for Makira earthquake response

01 Mar 2017 description

As of 31 January 2017, there were 34 cases of dengue reported in China in 2017. This number is a little higher than that reported during the same period in 2016 (28 cases) (Figure 1).