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07 Sep 2016 description

Updated 7 September 2016

Elibritt Karlsen

Law and Bills Digest Section


  • What is a refugee

  • What is resettlement?

  • How does the UN refugee agency decide who should be resettled?

  • Does Australia accept all refugees referred to it by the UN refugee agency?

  • Is there a queue?

  • Does Australia only take people from refugee camps?

  • Is resettlement the ‘right way’ to seek asylum?

06 Sep 2016 description
report Oxfam

Executive Summary

Pacific island countries are working hard to address the escalating realities of climate change, including the impact on land, livelihoods, and on the food and water security of their most vulnerable communities. The need for accessible, predictable, adequate and appropriate financial support to meet the climate crisis is urgent and growing.

06 Sep 2016 description

Update on the Dengue situation in the Western Pacific Region

Northern Hemisphere

China (No updates)

As of 31 July 2016, there were 237 cases of dengue reported in China in 2016. This number is lower than the number of cases reported in the same period of the previous four years (2012-2015)

02 Sep 2016 description
report World Vision

In the wake of El Niño

We are living in the most unusually warm period in history and this is taking a huge toll on the world’s most vulnerable. 2015 was the hottest year on record and 2016 looks set to be even hotter.
As this year’s El Niño in the Pacific lurches towards becoming a La Nina1 , the run of record temperatures looks set to be broken again. But in some ways, this year is not unique. It has become widely acknowledged among the development community that weather-related disasters are the ‘new normal’.

31 Aug 2016 description
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  • IOM distributed 35,153 sweet potato cuttings and 1,200 banana suckers to 2,000 households in Jiwaka, Enga and Simbu Provinces.

  • IOM conducted Participatory Health and Hygiene Education (PHHE) for 15,777 beneficiaries in the Highlands.

  • IOM trained 28 Government Officials and Community Leaders from conflict areas on peacebuilding and reconciliation processes.

Situation Overview

30 Aug 2016 description

By Johnny Blades, RNZ International Reporter

A refugee forcibly transferred by Australia to the offshore processing centre on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea offers a unique insight into what life is like after three years of incarceration.

The refugee prefers to remain anonymous. He arrived in Australian waters by boat in 2013 seeking asylum, having fled a conflict zone in his homeland.

25 Aug 2016 description


  • Countries and territories reporting mosquito-borne Zika virus infections for the first time in the past week:

  • None

  • 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 week:

  • Costa Rica, Dominican Republic and Haiti

25 Aug 2016 description

Women promote peace following 10-year conflict

August 2016—Angeline Kobuko, a young woman from the Bana district of Bougainville, Papua New Guinea, is the youth president of her community. A strong leader, she represents the voice of the youth at district meetings on pressing issues, such as violence prevention.

Kobuko is a survivor of violence herself. She grew up in a turbulent home where arguments between her parents often turned physical. Over time, Kobuko became fearful of interacting with others, and she avoided her peers.

24 Aug 2016 description
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Update on the Dengue situation in the Western Pacific Region

Northern Hemisphere


As of 31 July 2016, there were 237 cases of dengue reported in China in 2016. This number is lower than the number of cases reported in the same period of the previous four years (2012-2015).


23 Aug 2016 description

Papua New Guinea's Supreme Court has confirmed that both the PNG and Australia governments are responsible for closing the Manus Island offshore processing centre.

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23 Aug 2016 description

Executive Summary

Tuberculosis is a contagious, airborne and – for the past 60 years – curable disease caused by one of the most infectious bacteria in human history. Today it ranks alongside the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) as a leading cause of death worldwide.

In 2014, TB killed 1.5 million people, including 140,000 children, according to the World Health Organisation.¹ Of the 9.6 million people estimated to have fallen ill with the disease in 2014, one million were children.

22 Aug 2016 description

The report summarizes the technical content of the workshop, highlights key principles, lessons and way forward. The workshop was jointly organized by UNICEF and the SUN Movement Secretariat, aimed to accelerate the efforts of Asian countries in the SUN movement to increase the dialogue and alignment among sectors by reporting on multi-sectoral nutrition budgets and costs of multi-sectoral nutrition plans, addressing the issue of decentralized public finance, and contributing to making the investment case for nutrition.

22 Aug 2016 description

Mama Bii is a single mother. Her dream is to educate her only son and give him a brighter future. She was close to realizing that plan – her son is in his final school year – until this year’s flood devastated all her crop and the only fertile piece of land she had.

Ever since her husband left her, few years after their son was born, Mama worked hard, growing vegetables and selling them in the local market. With the money she earned she paid her son’s school fees and provided food for the family.

18 Aug 2016 description

No timeline has been given by either Australia and Papua New Guinea for the closure of the Manus offshore detention centre.

Australia's Immigration Minister Peter Dutton met with PNG's Prime Minister Peter O'Neill on Wednesday in Port Moresby, following which Mr O'Neill issued a statement indicating Australia had now agreed that Manus would be closed.

Read the full story on Radio New Zealand

18 Aug 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

SYDNEY, Australia, 17 August 2016 – UNICEF Australia urges Minister Dutton to seriously consider resettlement options in credible third countries that are equipped to respond to the complex needs of refugees and their families, in the wake of news that an agreement has been made to close the Manus Island detention centre.

18 Aug 2016 description

The Prime Minister, Hon. Peter O’Neill CMG MP, met with Australia’s Immigration Minster, Hon. Peter Dutton MP, in Port Moresby today specifically to discuss progress being made to close down the Manus Regional Processing Centre.

Following the meeting, Prime Minister O’Neill said he was satisfied that officials from Papua New Guinea and Australia were making progress and further announcements will be made in due course.

“Both Papua New Guinea and Australia are in agreement that the centre is to be closed,” PM O’Neill said.

17 Aug 2016 description
report Human Rights Watch

By Elaine Pearson

Yesterday, the governments of Papua New Guinea (PNG) and Australia announced the closure of the Manus Island detention center. After more than three years of keeping more than 800 asylum seeker and refugee men in limbo, have the governments caved to domestic and international pressure to close the camps?

Sadly, the lack of substance behind the announcement makes it seem like a cheap political stunt to avoid taking responsibility for the detention center – especially as it precedes a PNG court hearing on the facility next week.