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26 Jun 2017 description

Research Paper Series, 2016-17

Janet Phillips

Social Policy Section

23 Jun 2017 description

Drugs and medical supplies are slowly flowing back to Papua New Guinea hospitals, but there is cynicism about whether they will last.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International.

22 Jun 2017 description

As pressure mounts on refugees to leave the Manus Island detention centre, legal experts warn Australia could be flouting international law.

After four years of imprisonment in Papua New Guinea, asylum seekers are being returned to the countries they fled.

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22 Jun 2017 description

Media release

22 June 2017

I am pleased to announce that four members of the Australian Parliament will travel to Papua New Guinea from 24-30 June to observe the national election.

Mr Andrew Laming MP, Ms Cathy McGowan AO, MP, Senator Claire Moore and Senator Linda Reynolds CSC will observe polling activities with staff from the Australian High Commission in Port Moresby.

20 Jun 2017 description

This report is the final publication of the European Union–funded Migration, Environment and Climate Change: Evidence for Policy (MECLEP) project. The comparative report builds on desk reviews, household surveys and qualitative interviews conducted in the six project countries (Dominican Republic, Haiti, Kenya, Republic of Mauritius, Papua New Guinea and Viet Nam) to assess the extent to which migration, including displacement and planned relocation, can benefit or undermine adaptation to environmental and climate change.

19 Jun 2017 description
report Insecurity Insight

Sexual violence in humanitarian settings is rarely reported as a security incident. This overview document presents incidents reported over a 27-month period. It includes data shared by Report the Abuse and incidents reported in open sources and by Security in Numbers Database (SiND) partner agencies. It does not present a representative sample, but instead provides insight into the nature of these incidents.

19 Jun 2017 description

Port Moresby, June 16, 2017 - Papua New Guinea has taken another significant step towards establishing a National Disaster Risk Framework, with a newly formed Technical Working Group meeting last week at the National Disaster Centre to support the development of the Framework.

18 Jun 2017 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

  • Acute Fever and Rash: French Polynesia, Kiribati

Other updates


  • Nauru: dengue serotype-2 ( confirmed by the WHO Collaborating Centre for Arbovirus Reference and Research Laboratories in Queensland, Australia) outbreak appears to be ending. From January to May there have been 964 cases of which 35 were hospitalised. Of the hospitalised cases 8 had haemorrhagic features. There have been three deaths. Source: Nauru Ministry of Health.

17 Jun 2017 description

Belgium - The International Organization for Migration (IOM) Global Migration Data Analysis Centre (GMDAC) and the European Union launched in Brussels today (16 June) the report, “*Making Mobility Work for Adaptation to Environmental Changes: Results from the MECLEP Project’s Global Research*”.

16 Jun 2017 description


The Logistics Cluster enables global, regional and local actors to meet humanitarian needs.
Before crises, we work with the stakeholders in high-risk countries and regions to strengthen local capacities.

In crises, where local capacities have been exceeded, we provide leadership, coordination, and information, and facilitate access to operational services.

Globally, the Logistics Cluster is a community of partners actively working to overcome logistics constraints, and to develop and share best practices and solutions.

14 Jun 2017 description

This Annual Report highlights the impact of the Joint UNDP-DPA Programme on Building National Capacities for Conflict Prevention. In 2016, the Joint Programme provided support to 45 countries, including through the deployment of Peace and Development Advisors.

14 Jun 2017 description

The Commonwealth has agreed to pay $70 million in compensation to more than 1,900 asylum seekers who spent time on Manus Island between 2012 and 2016.

It has agreed to an in-principle settlement of the case** **brought by the asylum seekers, which was set to begin in the Victorian Supreme Court today, in a case which had been years in the making.

14 Jun 2017 description

New IDB study estimates potential impact on cities and people in low-elevation coastal zones

BELIZE CITY, Belize – A new study by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) estimates that 4.2 million people in Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in the Caribbean and in the Pacific are living in areas that are prone to flooding due to rising sea levels.

12 Jun 2017 description

Human Rights Council
Thirty-fifth session 6-23 June 2017
Agenda item 3

Note by the Secretariat

The Secretariat has the honour to transmit to the Human Rights Council the comments by the State on the report of the Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants on his mission to Australia and the Regional Processing Centre in Nauru.

Response to recommendations

12 Jun 2017 description

A drug and funding shortage in Papua New Guinea is so severe that eight hospitals have been forced to close, and a vast majority could follow suit by the end of the month.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International.

11 Jun 2017 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

  • Acute Fever and Rash: Fiji, French Polynesia, Kiribati

Other updates


  • Fiji: As of 4 June 2016, there have 1612 cases reported since January this year. Majority of the cases are from the Central and Western Health division. Dengue serotype-2 has been identified in circulation by the Institut Louis Malardé, French Polynesia.

05 Jun 2017 description

Port Moresby, June 5, 2017 - On World Environment Day, representatives from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) urged Papua New Guineans to support further protections for the country's unique environment.

World Environment Day is the biggest annual event for positive environmental action around the globe and takes place on 5 June every year. The theme for this year's celebration is 'connecting people with nature'.

05 Jun 2017 description


We have come a long way from when the United Nation Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) came into force, the establishment of the Global Environment Facility, the Kyoto Protocol, the adaptation Fund, recently the Paris agreement and the Green Climate Fund. Yet the same issues and challenges of accessing climate change funds by small islands remain up to day.

05 Jun 2017 description

Immigration Detention And Community Statistics Summary

At 30 April 2017, there were 1,392 people in immigration detention facilities, including 1,108 in immigration detention on the mainland and 284 in immigration detention on Christmas Island.

A further 556 people were living in the community after being approved for a residence determination and 23,573 were living in the community after grant of a Bridging Visa E.

04 Jun 2017 description

Over 800 people evacuated from the volcanic island of Manam are facing food shortages on Papua New Guinea's mainland.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International