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Volcano erupts in PNG spewing ash and rock: officials

08/29/2014 06:22 GMT

by Martin PARRY

SYDNEY, August 29, 2014 (AFP) - A volcano erupted Friday in eastern Papua New Guinea, spewing rocks and ash into the air, forcing the evacuation of local communities and international flights to be re-routed, officials said.

Mount Tavurvur, which destroyed the town of Rabaul when it erupted simultaneously with nearby Mount Vulcan in 1994, rumbled to life early in the morning on the tip of the remote island of New Britain.

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PROE Rapport annuel 2013

Message du Président

L’année écoulée a été synonyme d’avancée pour le PROE, et les Membres comme le Secrétariat peuvent s’enorgueillir à juste titre des progrès et des réalisations accomplis.

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SPREP Annual Report 2013

SPREP launches 2013 Annual Report

The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) is pleased to advise that the 2013 SPREP Annual Report is now available online. In 2013 SPREP celebrated the 20th anniversary of the signing of the SPREP Treaty, which established the Secretariat as an autonomous body.

Mr David Sheppard, Director General of SPREP explains that there was a lot to celebrate during this anniversary year:

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Australia + 10 others
Immigration Detention and Community Statistics Summary - 30 June 2014

About this report

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

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Nepal + 5 others
Asia and the Pacific: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (12 - 18 August 2014)

The Government of Nepal is leading the response. Humanitarian partners have strengthened their presence on the ground to support the delivery of food, water and medication.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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World + 3 others
JRS paper: A Regional Response to Forced Migration

Refugees in Asia Pacific: an overview

With the lowest number of signatories to the 1951 Refugee Convention in the world, the Asia Pacific region offers paltry protection to people on the move. Consequently, the millions of refugees and asylum seekers who transit through this region or arrive here in the hope of finding safety face numerous and often insurmountable challenges.

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20th Regional Disaster Managers Meeting : Chair's Summary

The 20th Regional Disaster Managers Meeting was convened jointly by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs at the Novotel Hotel, in Suva, Fiji on 5th ‐ 6th June 2014.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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Anger in PNG Highlands at aid delay

A village leader in the flood-hit Southern Highlands Province of Papua New Guinea says relief is taking too long to reach his village.

Read full article on Radio New Zealand International

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Australia + 3 others
Australia's treatment of child asylum-seekers 'abuse': churches

07/30/2014 07:08 GMT

by Glenda KWEK

SYDNEY, July 30, 2014 (AFP) - The Australian government Wednesday rejected a report from church leaders describing its treatment of child asylum-seekers as "state-sanctioned abuse", saying such claims were "offensive".

The report by a coalition of leaders from Christian churches criticises how unaccompanied asylum-seeker children are kept in immigration detention.

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Urgent needs in flood-affected PNG

The Disaster Coordinator in Papua New Guinea's Southern Highlands Province says more money is needed in order to help up to 40 thousand people affected by recent heavy floods.

Read the full article on Radio New Zealand International

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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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