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03 Dec 2014 description

A police and military operation to try and stop tribal fighting in Papua New Guinea's Hela Province will end tomorrow because of a lack of funding.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International.

03 Dec 2014 description

Tinputz, Bougainville, Provincial Government of Tinputz district and development partners finalized the first District Disaster Risk Management (DRM) Plan.pdf) for the district.

This model Tinputz District DRM Plan has been jointly drafted by the district level agencies and development partners with technical assistance from Disaster Risk Management Office of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville and UNDP.

03 Dec 2014 description

1. INTRODUCTION

1.1 Background

At the request of the Director of the National Disaster Centre (NDC) and the United Nations Resident Coordinator (RC) as the Co-chairs of the Disaster Management Team (DMT), the OCHA Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ROAP) led the facilitation of an inter-agency simulation exercise in Papua New Guinea (PNG) on 25 and 26 September 2014.

02 Dec 2014 description

Joint media release:

Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Julie Bishop MP
Minister for Health, the Hon Peter Dutton MP

1 December 2014

The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Julie Bishop, and the Minister for Health, Peter Dutton, will commemorate World AIDS Day at Parliament House today with community leaders, researchers, business representatives and politicians.

01 Dec 2014 description

Overview

Mixed ows of urban asylum-seekers and migrants from South-West Asia, the Middle East and Africa continue to be the main protection feature in the subregion.

The central challenge for UNHCR is to assist States in shaping responses that balance concerns for border and migration control with the protection of asylumseekers’ rights.

30 Nov 2014 description

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.

25 Nov 2014 description

Today I met with United Nations Development Program Administrator Helen Clark to discuss how Australia and the UNDP can further collaborate to reduce poverty, empower women and build stronger democratic institutions.

We also discussed the humanitarian toll being exacted by ISIL, the civil war in Syria and Iraq and what more the international community can do to assist, and the international response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

Australia will provide more than $21 million to the UNDP this year to support its vital work around the world.

24 Nov 2014 description

More than 100 security personnel in Papua New Guinea have been deployed to Hela Province in an effort to stop tribal fighting that has plagued the area.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International.

21 Nov 2014 description

The global breeding programme for taro (Colocasia esculenta) and cocoyam (Xanthosoma sagittifolium) is gathering pace. The International Network for Edible Aroids (INEA) is part of the five-year project Adapting clonally propagated crops to climatic and commercial changes funded by the European Union (EU).

17 Nov 2014 description

The tuberculosis (TB) prevalence in Papua New Guinea (PNG) is among the highest in the world, prompting Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) to launch a response to reach the most-affected communities.

Assessing the Needs

After analyzing where the greatest needs are, MSF decided to focus on the Gulf Province. This region, which includes many remote communities with limited access to health care, is estimated to have very high rates of TB and possibly a worrisome rise in drug-resistant TB.

10 Nov 2014 description

SRI LANKA

As of 5 Nov 2014, the Disaster Management Center (DMC) reported that search and rescue teams have recovered 10 bodies at the Koslanda tea plantation in Badulla estate. The DMC reported 1,875 people affected, five people injured and 28 people still missing.

05 Nov 2014 description

By Papua New Guinea correspondent Liam Cochrane

Papua New Guinea will start making final decisions on the refugee status of asylum seekers detained on Manus Island and prepare them for resettlement in PNG.

PNG's cabinet yesterday asked immigration minister Rimbink Pato to finalise refugee status determinations.

Those deemed refugees will be moved out of detention and given training and help in finding jobs in PNG.

05 Nov 2014 description

This report emerges from a high-level expert roundtable on refugees and asylum seekers that was held at Parliament House, Canberra, on 11 July 2014 under the auspices of Australia21, the Centre for Policy Development and the Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law at UNSW. These organisations have a shared interest in Australian policy on this issue. In early 2014, a steering group from the three organisations commissioned a discussion paper entitled Beyond Operation Sovereign Borders: A Long-Term Asylum Policy for Australia.

05 Nov 2014 description

Prime Minister
Minister for Health

The Commonwealth Government will increase Australia’s $18 million contribution to the response to Ebola in West Africa and strengthen preparations to detect and respond to a possible Ebola case in Australia.

A health service provider will be contracted to manage and run a 100-bed Ebola treatment facility in Sierra Leone, as part of the United Kingdom-led international efforts in that country. Discussions are underway with Aspen Medical, an Australian company, in this regard.

04 Nov 2014 description

By Papua New Guinea correspondent Liam Cochrane

Australian soldiers have cleared more than six tonnes of unexploded hand grenades and mortars from a World War II battle site on the island of Bougainville, east of Papua New Guinea.

The huge haul of munitions came in just the first week of Operation Render Safe 2014.

The Australian-led international mission is clearing potentially deadly munitions from the villages and food gardens around Torokina, on the west coast of Bougainville.

31 Oct 2014 description
South East Asia and the Pacific version 1
Technical Annex - version 2

The activities proposed hereafter are still subject to the adoption of the financing decision ECHO/WWD/BUD/2015/01000

AMOUNT: EUR 18 000 000

1. CONTEXT

This HIP covers the response to natural and man-made disasters as well as disaster preparedness, disaster risk reduction and resilience activities in South East Asia and the Pacific.

31 Oct 2014 description

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.