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UNHCR concerned about the Manus Island disturbance

This is a summary of what was said by the UNHCR spokesperson at today’s Palais des Nations press briefing in Geneva. Further information can be found on the UNHCR websites, www.unhcr.org and www.unhcr.fr, which should also be checked for regular media updates on non-briefing days.

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One dead, 77 hurt in riot at PNG immigration centre

02/18/2014 12:26 GMT

by Martin PARRY

SYDNEY, February 18, 2014 (AFP) - One person was killed and 77 injured as tensions boiled over during a second night of violence at an Australian immigration detention centre on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island, officials said Tuesday.

Thirty-five asylum-seekers broke out of the same facility on Sunday evening, with several hurt, as unrest flared about their fate under the Australian government's hardline policies.

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Philippines + 9 others
Asia Pacific Region: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot 11-17 February 2014

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It has been over three months since Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) struck the Philippines killing over 6,200 people, with nearly 1,800 individuals still missing. Humanitarian and early recovery activities are ongoing in a variety of locations. The Strategic Response Plan for Typhoon Haiyan remains only 45% funded.

Source: OCHA Humanitarian Bulletin No. 1

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Breakout at Australian immigration centre on PNG

02/17/2014 06:47 GMT

by Amy COOPES

SYDNEY, February 17, 2014 (AFP) - Thirty-five asylum-seekers broke out of an Australian immigration detention on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island and several were injured, officials said Monday, as tensions mount about their fate under hardline policies.

Australian Immigration Minister Scott Morrison said the asylum-seekers escaped Sunday evening but were quickly rounded up by private security contractors at the facility, one of two remote Pacific camps used in Canberra's punitive off-shore detention policy.

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Protecting Papua New Guinea from Malaria

Report
The Global Fund

In the village of Sosi, Papua New Guinea, bales of mosquito nets are unloaded from a cargo container before being distributed among the local population. In the last four years, almost 700,000 insecticide-treated nets have been distributed with Global Fund support. During the same period, mortality rates related to malaria have dropped by approximately 50 percent in the country. The logistics involved in mass distribution campaigns are considerable, particularly in a country with challenging geography like Papua New Guinea.

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Papua New Guinea battles open defecation

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IRIN

GOROKA, 10 February 2014 (IRIN) - When Willie Savo needs to relieve himself, there’s only one place to go. “Near the mango tree,” the 5-year-old said outside his family’s village home. “Where else am I supposed to go?”

That’s a good question in Papua New Guinea (PNG), where more than half of the 7.5 million people practice open defecation, and awareness of the health risks remains low.

IRIN:

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Papua New Guinea - Inter-communal violence (ECHO Daily Flash 5 February 2014)

Papua New Guinea - Inter-communal violence (ECHO)

Following the inter-communal violence (between the Wambea and Kombia clans) in the Kagua Erave District, Southern Highlands Province in late 2013, that left at least 40 people dead and 30 wounded, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Papua New Guinea Red Cross Society has distributed household materials, construction tools and hygiene items to 2 000 people displaced by the violence.

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Disaster Risk Reduction and Disaster Management National Framework for Action 2005 - 2015

Executive Summary

Papua New Guinea is prone to numerous natural hazards including earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunami, drought, floods, tropical cyclones, landslides, the impact of climate change and climate variability and sea level rise. In addition, there is high risk of technological and human-caused disasters from oil spill, industrial pollution, unregulated and destructive land use practices and infrastructural development, as well as a rapid growth in population. Social crisis as civil unrest and HIV/AIDS have already made their presence known in Papua New Guinea.

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World + 3 others
Climate Change Resilience Programme Gets Under Way in the Region

24 January 2014 - The inception meeting for a three-year multi-million dollar climate resilience project was held at the headquarters of the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) in Apia, Samoa this week, bringing together donors, partners and Pacific countries to strengthen planning as the project gets ready to commence.

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World + 10 others
Information for Action Special Issue - Climate Change and Health [EN/FR]

Inform'ACTION is the bilingual bulletin of the Pacific Public Health Surveillance Network (PPHSN) produced by the Research, Evidence and Information Programme (REI) of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC). It contains news and information about public health surveillance and response activities in the Pacific Island Countries and Territories. The first priorities of the PPHSN are communicable diseases, especially the outbreak-prone ones.

Produced at SPC (Noumea) with the support of AusAid, New Zealand Aid Programme and France.

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Essential aid for 2,000 people affected by violence

Port Moresby (ICRC) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Papua New Guinea Red Cross Society today began distributing household materials, construction tools and hygiene items to 2,000 people displaced by clan fighting in Sugu Valley, Kagua Erave District, Southern Highlands Province.

Recent inter-communal violence in the Kagua-Erave area has left at least 40 people dead and 30 wounded.

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World + 3 others
La fuite est-elle le dernier recours contre le changement climatique ?

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IRIN

KAROR PALAOS, 16 janvier 2014 (IRIN) - Salustiano Albert vit depuis plus de trente ans dans les Palaos, un archipel de plus de 500 îles situé dans l'océan Pacifique occidental. Une partie de la maison familiale - où se côtoient trois générations - était régulièrement inondée par les marées. Depuis quelques années toutefois, c'est l'ensemble de la maison qui est inondée. La famille survit en vendant des gâteaux collants cuits à la vapeur et faits à base de taro et de noix de coco. Elle a par ailleurs puisé dans ses économies limitées pour réparer les dommages causés par les inondations.

IRIN:

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World + 21 others
Technical paper: The risk of disaster-induced displacement - South Pacific island states

A new paper aims to assess the risk of disaster-induced displacement in 21 island states in the South Pacific to guide development and preparedness planning.

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World + 3 others
Will fleeing home be the last resort as the climate changes?

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IRIN

KAROR, PALAU, 14 January 2014 (IRIN) - Salustiano Albert has lived in Palau, an archipelago in the western Pacific Ocean comprising over 500 islands, for more than three decades. Part of his family home, where three generations live, used to be flooded regularly by the tides, but in the past few years his entire house has been inundated. They survive by selling steamed sticky cakes made from taro root cooked with coconut, and have been dipping into their limited savings to repair the damage. Relocating is not an option. “This is my home,” he says firmly. "We just cope… and carry on."

IRIN:

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Tonga + 4 others
Asia Pacific Region: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot, 7-13 January, 2014

PHILIPPINES

Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda): More than two months after Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines, shelter continues to be a major concern. Priorities are now shifting towards self-recovery support; that is, providing families with tools, building materials and the know-how to repair their homes. However, efforts have been hampered by a severe funding shortage. Current funding levels allow for the distribution of self-recovery shelter kits for 175,000 people but this is less than 3 per cent of the target.

Source: OCHA Sit Rep No. 31

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Lethal disease could threaten food supplies in PNG

The Bogia coconut syndrome is killing Long Island's major food sources such as coconuts and bananas, leading to a shortage of supplies.

The Governor of Madang Province in Papua New Guinea says a lethal plant disease could be threatening the food supplies on Long Island.

The remote island is already experiencing a drought that has affected about 5,000 people who have been running desperately low on food and drinking water, leading to several deaths.

Governor Jim Kas believes the Bogia coconut syndrome is killing the island's major food supplies.

Australian Broadcasting Corporation:

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Australia withdraws funding from Papua New Guinea health programs over corruption, fake drug concerns

By PNG correspondent Liam Cochrane

Australia has withdrawn funding for a $38 million program that supplies medicine to Papua New Guinean health centres, due to concerns about the way PNG has awarded contracts.

Previously, Australia's aid agency chose the supplier and distributor for the medicines, but this year that process was handled by PNG.

In June, the PNG government removed a crucial quality-control criteria and later awarded the contract to local company linked to a Chinese supplier of sub-quality drugs.

Australian Broadcasting Corporation:

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Help on the way for PNG's drought-stricken Madang Province

Help may finally be on the way to a remote island in Papua New Guinea's Madang Province after six months of drought.

Listen to the audio: Help on the way for PNG's drought-stricken Madang Province (Credit: ABC)

The Province's Governor, Jim Kas, recently visited Long Island where 5,000 people have been running desperately low on food and drinking water.

Australian Broadcasting Corporation:

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Drought stricken island in PNG's Madang province promised help

People living on the drought-sticken Long Island in Papua New Guinea's Madang province have been promised help by the provincial government.

A six month drought has been affecting the more than 5 thousand people on Long Island.

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