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The Economics of Climate Change in the Pacific

Major Report Details Potential Costs of Climate Change in the Pacific - ADB

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – The economic loss suffered by the Pacific region could range from 2.9% to as high as 12.7% of annual GDP by 2100, according to a new study from the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

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UNHCR reports harsh conditions and legal shortcomings at Pacific Island asylum centres

GENEVA, November 26 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency, in reports released on Tuesday, says that asylum-seekers transferred from Australia to processing centres on Nauru and Manus Island in Papua New Guinea (PNG) are living in arbitrary detention in conditions that do not meet international standards.

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UNHCR Global Appeal 2014-2015 - East Asia and the Pacific subregional overview

Overview

Working environment

The East Asia and the Pacific subregion continues to face the challenges of mixed flows of migrants and asylum-seekers from Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

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PNG police investigate grenade slaughter: reports‎

11/12/2013 05:18 GMT

SYDNEY, November 12, 2013 (AFP) - As many as 34 people were killed in a remote part of Papua New Guinea when a grenade was thrown as part of a tribal war, reports said on Tuesday.

Monday's carnage happened in the Kagua-Erave district of the Southern Highlands and involved heavily armed warring factions of the Kambia and Wambe tribes.

The PNG National newspaper said 34 people died, including women and children, and another 28 were seriously injured, citing an explosion "similar to what a hand grenade would cause".

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Papua New Guinea + 6 others
Small Islands Demand U.N. Protection

UNITED NATIONS, Nov 11 2013 (IPS) - Threatened by rising seas, some of the world’s small island developing states (SIDS) are demanding that the U.N.’s new set of Sustainable Development Goals place a high priority on the protection of oceans and marine resources.

A growing number of SIDS, including Papua New Guinea, Samoa, the Maldives, Tonga, Nauru and Kiribati, are making a strong case for a stand-alone goal for the protection of oceans in the post-2015 development agenda known as the SDGs, which is currently under discussion.

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Women and Natural Resources: Unlocking the Peacebuilding Potential

Empowering women in natural resource management critical for lasting peace in war-torn countries, says UN report

Geneva/New York/Nairobi, 6 November 2013 – Ensuring that women have better access to and control of natural resources such as land, water, forests and minerals can improve the chances of long-term peace and recovery in war-torn countries, according to a new report released by the United Nations today.

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Philippines + 8 others
Asia Pacific Region: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot, 29 October - 4 November, 2013

Cyclone Krosa is now south of Hong Kong and is forecast to hit Vietnam. Tropical storm 30 is likely to bring more heavy rain to IDPs in Zamboanga, who are living in camps which have already been flooded.

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Long Term Planning Framework: Pacific Secretariat Team 2012-2015

  1. Who are we?

Introduction Humanity faces growing challenges: a rising population, a warming planet, and increasing inequalities of health, well-being and security between the rich and poor. The International Federation of Red Cross Red Crescent Societies’ (IFRC) global Strategy 2020 provides direction for its work in the face of these challenges. It also clarifies the Secretariat’s priorities in providing membership services to national societies.

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Long Term Planning Framework 2012-2015: Asia Pacific Zone

  1. Who are we?

The 37 national Red Cross and Red Crescent (RCRC) societies in Asia Pacific work to help the most vulnerable groups in their respective countries who are most affected by disasters and socio-economic and health crises. With their widespread network of grassroots members and volunteers, they seek to address the needs of the most vulnerable people in disaster and non-disaster situations.

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Asia Pacific Region: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot, 15 - 21 October, 2013

JAPAN

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16 Oct 2013: ASIA/Pacific Region – Earthquakes, Tropical Cyclones, Floods

INDIA

• The heavy rainfall brought about by the passage of PHAILIN-13 over Odisha state on 12 Oct, has caused floods in the districts of Mayurbhanj, Balasore, Bhadrak and Jajpur (Odisha state) .

• 5 people killed by the floods in the past couple of days, on top of the 21 people already killed by PHAILIN-13 in the state.

VIETNAM

• NARI-13 made landfall near Da Nang on 14 Oct (UTC), affecting central Vietnam with heavy rain. Later it moved over central Lao PDR and E Thailand, weakening, but still producing heavy rainfall.

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Towards a cleaner, safer Papua New Guinea

“We can do it”, is the voice coming from Papua New Guinea communities exposed to a panoply of hazards which include flooding, landslides, drought, typhoons, sea level rise, wave surges, earthquakes and tsunamis.

More rainfall and weather-related events are expected as experts warn that the hotter and drier climate will lead to drought and cause rainfall to become unpredictable and heavier, resulting in more flooding. Sea level rise, coastal erosion and coral bleaching are already being seen in the low-lying atolls and coastal villages.

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Papua New Guinea: Location Map (2013)

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25 Sep 2013: SE ASIA – Floods and Severe Weather

A new map highlights the path of Typhoon Usagi, the effects of a tropical depression on Viet Nam, Cambodia and Lao, overflowing rivers in Myanmar and Thailand and a hail storm in Papua New Guinea.

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K70m for Climate change affected communities in PNG

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PACNEWS

By Online Editor
4:41 pm GMT+12, 23/09/2013, Papua New Guinea

Donor funding for climate resilience and adaptation will be accessible by communities affected by climate change, a workshop in Papua New Guinea has told.

Environmental consultant George Henry de Berdt Romilly said PNG would be receiving US$30 million (K70 million) from donors from the United Kingdom, United States and Japan.

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Philippines + 10 others
Asia Pacific Region: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot, 17- 23 September, 2013

PHILIPPINES Conflict between the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines which began on 9 Sep has displaced nearly 129,000 people in Zamboanga and Basilan, as of 23 Sep. They are staying in 35 evacuation centers in Zamboanga and 11 in Basilan. 128 people have been killed. Sporadic fighting continues.
Source: OCHA

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WHO combats chikungunya in Papua New Guinea

PORT MORESBY, 11 September 2013 - The World Health Organization (WHO) is working with the Government of Papua New Guinea and other stakeholders to control an outbreak of chikungunya in the Pacific country.

"We must do more to put chikungunya back in its box," says WHO Representative in Papua New Guinea Dr William Adu-Krow. "It's bad enough that the country already struggles with isolated cases of dengue. The presence of another mosquito-borne viral disease is putting the welfare of many others at grave risk."

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Australia's PM-elect faces early asylum-seeker test

09/09/2013 06:36 GMT

SYDNEY, September 9, 2013 (AFP) - Australia's Prime Minister-elect Tony Abbott faced an early test Monday over the divisive issue of asylum-seekers, with the first people-smuggling boats arriving on his watch and diplomatic pressure from Papua New Guinea.

Abbott, elected as Australia's next leader on Saturday, put a pledge to "Stop the Boats" at the centre of his campaign, vowing a crackdown on asylum-seekers arriving by sea.

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