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Afghanistan + 29 others
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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Philippines + 5 others
Asia Pacific Region: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot, 15 - 21 October, 2013

JAPAN

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Philippines + 4 others
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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China + 8 others
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 + 2 others
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.

Agence France-Presse:

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India + 5 others
Asia Pacific Region: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot, 2 - 9 September, 2013

Some 6 million people have been affected by flooding in India's eastern state of Bihar. In Viet Nam, floods have killed at least 29 people. On Solomon Islands, unexpected heavy rain caused flash flooding.

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Marshall Islands + 5 others
Opening speech at the Climate Diplomacy event at the 44th Pacific Islands forum meeting

The UK, in partnership with the Republic of the Marshall Islands and the Climate Development and Knowledge Network held an event today in Majuro. Originally given at Majuro, Republic of the Marshall Islands. This is a transcript of the speech, exactly as it was delivered.

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Papua New Guinea - Volcanic activities at Mount Tavurvur (ECHO Daily Flash 05/09/2013)

During the past three weeks, there has been an increase in volcanic activities at Mount Tavurvur, East New Britain (ENB) Province. According to the ENB Provincial Disaster Coordinator (PDC), on Monday 2 September, ash blowing from Mt. Tavurvur forced the suspension of outpatient services at Nonga base hospital in Rabaul. PDC has conducted an assessment on Tuesday 3 September and will submit a report to the Provincial Administrator. It is expected that more than 3,000 people are affected and in need of clean drinking water.

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World + 16 others
Majuro Declaration For Climate Leadership

On 5 September 2013, the Leaders of the Pacific Islands Forum* adopted the Majuro Declaration for Climate Leadership.

In a concise and focused way, the Declaration captures the Pacific’s political commitment to be a region of Climate Leaders, and to spark a “new wave of climate leadership” that can deliver a safe climate future for all.

More specifically, the Declaration:

• Recognizes the gross insufficiency of current efforts to tackle climate change, and the responsibility of all to act urgently to reduce and phase-down greenhouse gas pollution;

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Philippines + 6 others
Asia Pacific Region: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot, 27 August - 2 September, 2013

PHILIPPINES
Forming just east of the Philippines, tropical storm Kong-Rey (Nando) moved north along the coast of China and finally Japan. In the Philippines, nearly 18,000 people were affected as of 30 Aug. One person was killed and one person was injured.
Sources: NDRRMC Sit Rep 9, 30 Aug

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Caritas Update 62 (Spring 2013)

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Caritas

The Spring 2013 Update covers Social Justice Week, Papua New Guinea, West Papua, the Philippines, Syria, Vanuatu disaster preparedness, Parihaka, our latest submissions, Mahitahi, schools news and the World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel.

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Cook Islands + 10 others
Stepping Up Adaptation to Climate Change

The Pacific Islands Forum leaders have long recognized climate change as a priority development issue that requires coordinated global efforts for a more effective response. ADB’s position allows it to analyze the complex problems at all levels, identify appropriate solutions based on a comprehensive understanding of the countries’ needs and capacities, and mobilize technical and financial assistance. For their part, Pacific developing member countries (DMCs) have begun to mainstream climate change considerations in their national policies and planning processes.

Asian Development Bank:

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World + 13 others
Opportunity to protect the rights of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants in Asia Pacific region must be seized

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Amnesty

Ahead of the Special Regional Conference on Irregular Movement of Persons due to be held on 20 August in Indonesia, Amnesty International calls on Asia-Pacific governments to ensure that regional approaches and solutions to address the plight of migrants, asylum-seekers and refugees will be developed with human rights protection at their heart.

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Stop Violence Against Women and Children in Papua New Guinea

ChildFund Australia today launched a report into family and sexual violence in Papua New Guinea (PNG), revealing extreme levels of violence against women and children, and the need for programs that work with men to change prevailing social norms that allow such brutal and widespread violence to occur.