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28 Jun 2016 description

Foreword About 6.9 million people in Pacific island countries cannot access improved sanitation. More than 4.8 million cannot access improved water supplies. The United Nations General Assembly recognizes water and sanitation as basic human rights. The General Assembly has called upon governments and international organizations to provide financial resources, build capacity and technology transfer to provide safe, clean, accessible and affordable drinking-water and sanitation for all (UN Resolution A/RES/64/292).

27 Jun 2016 description

Sydney, Australia | AFP | Sunday 6/26/2016 - 09:00 GMT


One man was killed and several buildings torched in violence at a university in Papua New Guinea, its vice-chancellor said Sunday, some two weeks after police opened fire on students in the capital.

The students have been demanding that Prime Minister Peter O'Neill, who is being investigated for corruption, step aside and have been boycotting classes as part of their campaign.

24 Jun 2016 description
report UN Security Council


7723e séance – matin

La Commission de consolidation de la paix (CCP) doit diversifier et rendre plus souples ses méthodes de travail, renforcer ses actions régionales et thématiques et faciliter la cohérence de l’action internationale en profitant des multiples contacts qu’elle entretient avec une grande variété d’acteurs du fait même de son mandat, ont plaidé ce matin, devant le Conseil de sécurité, ses Présidents actuel et ancien, respectivement M. Macharia Kamau (Kenya) et M. Olof Skoog (Suède).

23 Jun 2016 description

Certain parts of Papua New Guinea are still facing food shortage months after the drought hit the country, according to Dr Mike Bourke of the Australian National University.

He told The National that this was particularly true in parts of Western and Milne Bay.

“The drought is well and truly over. All over Papua New Guinea, it’s been raining,” Bourke said. He is a technical adviser for the church partnership programme.

He said people in parts of Western, especially in the Nomad Local Level Government, still faced food shortage.

23 Jun 2016 description

In Numbers

1.47 million people food insecure 180,000 hungry people in need of food assistance

325 metric tons of fortified rice delivered to date

4,930 households — 24,650 people— reached with each household receiving 70 kilogram rations of rice lasting 6 weeks Photo: A family receives fortified rice in Pilikambi Rural LLG.
WFP/Mats Persson.


22 Jun 2016 description
report UN Security Council


7723rd Meeting (AM)
Security Council
Meetings Coverage

The Organization’s intergovernmental advisory body that supports peacebuilding in countries emerging from conflict was improving its impact through more transparent and strategic working methods, improved partnerships with regional and subregional organizations and a focus on peacebuilding needs in the Ebola recovery, the Security Council heard today.

21 Jun 2016 description

What is El Niño?

El Niño is the warming of sea surface temperatures in the tropical Pacific, which occurs roughly every two to seven years, lasting from six to 24 months.

17 Jun 2016 description

June 17, 2016 IASC Early Warning, Early Action and Readiness Report for the period June to November 2016. The Report is biannual, with a 6 month horizon. It is the product of a group of Agency analysts. In most cases these individuals work for their respective Emergency Directors. Analysis of preparedness status is provided by OCHA. The Report complements more frequent interaction between RC/HC and the ERC as the IASC system officials accountable for ensuring interagency early action and readiness. This should take place using the IASC Emergency Response Preparedness approach.

16 Jun 2016 description

Cost cutting is being blamed for deteriorating conditions at the Manus Island processing centre for asylum seekers in Papua New Guinea.

Food shortages and power cuts are adding to the frustration of about 900 men sent to the centre by Australia, where detention has been ruled illegal.

Read the full story here.

15 Jun 2016 description

Summary of the Operation

On 15 September 2015, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) supported the Papua New Guinea Red Cross Society (PNGRCS) through the Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) allocation, to deliver humanitarian aid to families affected by the frost and drought resulting from the El Niño effect.

15 Jun 2016 description

Update on the Dengue situation in the Western Pacific Region

Northern Hemisphere


As of 13 June 2016, there were 154 cases of dengue reported in China in 2016. This number is higher than the number of cases reported in same period of the previous four years (2012-2015)

Malaysia (No updates)

15 Jun 2016 description

Fighting between university students in the capital of Papua New Guinea's Eastern Highlands province, Goroka, has eased off after police retained control of the town.

Read the full story on the Radio New Zealand International

15 Jun 2016 description
infographic Government of Australia

Protection Visa applications lodged

Applications lodged

2014-15: 8,587

2015-16: 9,554

Final Protection Visa grants

Protection Visa grants to Non-IMA

2014-15: 2,746

2015-16: 1,732

Total Protection Visa grants**

2014-15: 2,747

2015-16: 1,732

*Total Protection visa grants for 2014-15 includes one visa granted to an IMA.

15 Jun 2016 description

About this report

This report provides an overview of the number of people in immigration detention and Regional Processing Centres as at midnight on the date of the report. The report is produced on a monthly basis.

14 Jun 2016 description

ADB Deepens Infrastructure Partnership With PNG - ADB Report

*News from Country Offices | 25 May 2016 *

PORT MORESBY, PAPUA NEW GUINEA – The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is deepening its infrastructure development partnership with Papua New Guinea with a strong focus on transport upgrades to link isolated areas to larger centers, open up new economic opportunities, and reduce poverty, says an ADB performance review released today.

14 Jun 2016 description

Papua New Guinea - Isolated communities in Papua New Guinea have been suffering from drought for several months. A major step in lifting them out of need came this week when IOM and the EU stepped up their joint programme to provide drinking water, health promotion, and agriculture recovery to more than 90,000 people in rural Hela, Enga, Jiwaka and Simbu provinces.