1. The present report has been prepared pursuant to General Assembly resolution 60/180 and Security Council resolution 1645 (2005), in which the Peacebuilding Commission was requested to submit an annual report to the General Assembly for an annual debate and review. The report will also be submitted to the Council, pursuant to its resolution 1646 (2005), for an annual debate. The report covers the tenth session of the Commission, held from 1 January to 31 December 2016.
06-02-2017 - This statement provides an update on Operation Sovereign Borders (OSB) activities related to the on-water reception and processing of illegal maritime arrivals.
The reporting period is from 1 January 2017 to 31 January 2017.
During this reporting period there were no illegal maritime arrivals transferred to Australian Immigration authorities.
No illegal maritime arrivals were transferred to regional processing centres.
- Countries and territories reporting mosquito-borne Zika virus infections for the first time in the past two weeks:
- Countries and territories reporting microcephaly and other central nervous system (CNS) malformations potentially associated with Zika virus infection for the first time in the past two weeks:
The impact of the 2015‒2016 El Niño weather phenomenon has been one of the most intense and widespread in the past one hundred years. The agriculture, food security and nutritional status of 60 million people around the globe is affected by El Niño-related droughts, floods and **extreme hot** and **cold weather**.
China (No update)
As of 31 December 2016, there were 2,076 cases of dengue reported in China in 2016. This number is lower than that reported during the same period in 2015 (Figure 1).
A refugee detained on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island by Australia has escaped to Fiji where he is now seeking asylum.
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There have been 14 earthquakes greater than Magnitude 6.0 since November 2016. Over 9000 people affected and about 4000 houses damaged in Makira and Malaita provinces of Solomon Islands in December 2016.
Other earthquakes escaped major damage, however humanitarian partners in the region are monitoring the occurence of earthquakes and are on high alert for possible response
The 2015-2016 El Niño phenomenon has been one of the strongest on record, affecting deeply the lives and livelihoods of more than 60 million people across 40 countries. It has devastated crops and killed livestock, in some cases dried up water-sources in others caused massive flooding, driven up malnutrition rates, increased disease outbreaks and caused significant migration.
Update on the Dengue situation in the Western Pacific Region
As of 31 December 2016, there were 2076 cases of dengue reported in China in 2016. This number is lower than that reported during the same period in 2015 (Figure 1).
Papua New Guinea's government is looking to engage more World Bank assistance to deploy equipment for laboratory testing and screening for tuberculosis (TB).
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In a decisive move to combat the effects of climate change and disasters, Pacific Leaders endorsed the world's first ever integrated regional framework to build resilience to climate change and disasters at the annual Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) late last year.
• Severe weather, including heavy rain and strong winds, has been affecting the south-eastern Asia and French Polynesia over the last weeks, causing floods. According to local media, as of 24 January, 63 deaths and 65 000 evacuees have been reported in Thailand; in the Philippines 6 people died; in Malaysia at least 6 000 people have been evacuated; in French Polynesia damaged houses have been reported.
Port Moresby, 24 January 2017 – The historic signing ceremony for the establishment of the new Bougainville Referendum Commission (BRC) was held on 24th of January 2017 at the Prime Minister’s Office, Manasupe House Waigani, Port Moresby.
Buka Town, 23 January 2017 – The first of its kind Community Information Centre was opened in the North Bougainville Region.
Supported by the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) Peacebuilding Fund, the Community Information Center will serve as a “one-stop shop” where visitors can learn about the work of the ABG and the national government on the Referendum and implementation of the Bougainville Peace Agreement.
As of 17 January, an estimated 644,000 people across eight provinces have been affected by drought and salt water intrusion over the past four months. Batticaloa District in Eastern province is the worst affected with 302,000 people experiencing the effects of drought.
The Government has initiated water trucking in Batticaloa and taken measures to import additional rice in the event the prolonged drought has significant impact on food supplies. The President of Sri Lanka has established a Task Force to coordinate the response.
Reports emerging from Bougainville indicate a number of landslides after yesterday's magnitude 7.9 earthquake.
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A strong 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck off Papua New Guinea on 22 January, triggering a tsunami alert for several Pacific islands, which was later lifted.
According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS) the earthquake occurred beneath the island of Bougainville at the depth of 136 km. There were no reports of damage from the epicentre of the quake, which is sparsely populated.
MODIFIED MERCALLI INTENSITY SCALE: 8.1/10
Intensity class VIII:
Drivers have trouble steering. Tall structures such as towers, monuments and chimneys may twist and fall. Wood frame houses that are not bolted to their foundations may shift and sustain serious damage. Damage is slight to moderate in well-constructed buildings, considerable in poorly constructed buildings. Branches are broken and fall from trees. Changes occur in flow or temperature of springs and wells. Cracks appear in wet ground and on steep slopes.
Countries and territories reporting mosquito-borne Zika virus infections for the first time in the past two weeks: o Angola
Countries and territories reporting microcephaly and other central nervous system (CNS) malformations potentially associated with Zika virus infection for the first time in the past two weeks: o None
Countries and territories reporting Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) cases associated with Zika virus infection for the first time in the past two weeks: o None