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18 Feb 2020 description
report UN Children's Fund

UNICEF appeals for US$42.3 million to support the global Covid-19 outbreak response

The initial funding will strengthen response and preparedness efforts in high-risk countries

New York, 17 February 2020 – UNICEF urgently needs $42.3 million to scale up its response to the Covid-19 virus outbreak and support global efforts to contain it.

14 Feb 2020 description


The Pacific is a vast area, home to numerous island-states scattered over thousands of kilometres. The region, from Papua New Guinea to Pitcairn Island, crosses five time zones and spans over 8,000 kilometers. Because of the large distances between the various islands in this region, air travel is an important form of transportation.

11 Feb 2020 description

Concerns about systemic cruelty and arbitrariness in Australia’s immigration detention system raised with two United Nations bodies ahead of their visits to Australia

Key issues noted about Australia’s immigration detention system:

07 Feb 2020 description
report The National


SIX people have been confirmed dead in the flood that caught villagers by surprise on Monday afternoon in the Mul local level government of Western Highlands.

Four bodies have been found while villagers are still looking for two.

The five youths confirmed dead are: Odila Ofali (Grade Eight), Philemon Josh Julden (Grade Four), Jeffery Paul (teenager), Kont Wilson Walg (in elementary school), and Paul Wan (Grade Four).

The old man was Buibeng Piam. The bodies of Walg and Julden are yet to be found.

06 Feb 2020 description

Flash floods in Mul-Baiyer District (Western Highlinds Province, central Papua New Guinea) have resulted in 4 deaths and 3 people are still missing.

According to media reports, several villages in Mul-Baiyer were flooded after the Kuma River burst its banks. Houses and farmlands have been damaged, 2 bridges destroyed, isolating the affected population.

More heavy rain is forecast over central Papua New Guinea over 6-8 February.

06 Feb 2020 description
report The National


THREE bodies have been recovered while the search continues for others who went missing after floodwaters swept through a village in Western Highlands on Monday afternoon.

Villagers of Marapana in the Mul-Baiyer district living along the Kuma River were caught off-guard when it broke its banks after heavy rain.

03 Feb 2020 description

Bulletin of the Global Volcanism Network, vol. 44, no. 10 (October 2019)
Managing Editor: Edward Venzke. Edited by Janine Krippner.

Manam (Papua New Guinea) Significant eruption on 28 June produced an ash plume up to 15.2 km and pyroclastic flows

Please cite this report as:

Global Volcanism Program, 2019. Report on Manam (Papua New Guinea) (Krippner, J.B., and Venzke, E., eds.). Bulletin of the Global Volcanism Network, 44:10. Smithsonian Institution.

30 Jan 2020 description

New generation of young activists lead fight against worsening repression in Asia

  • New report reviews human rights in 25 Asian and Pacific states and territories during 2019

  • Young protesters take to streets in response to increasing repression

  • Detentions, arrests and deaths as authorities clamp down on dissent with excessive force

  • But protests vital in helping secure landmark human rights wins

28 Jan 2020 description
infographic World Vision

EWEA: Early Warning & Early Action
World Vision (WV) monitors indicators of threats, to anticipate and reduce the impact of disasters, especially for floods, drought, landslides and dzud. By working with the community and the local government, different early warning systems are set up, to ensure communities take precautions or mitigating actions which include being evacuated to safe areas, ahead of disasters.

24 Jan 2020 description

The last 18 asylum seekers held at the Bomana immigration detention centre in Papua New Guinea have been released.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International.

23 Jan 2020 description

Direct economic losses and damage from natural disasters in 2019 were estimated at USD232 billion. This was reduced from recent elevated levels in 2016, 2017 and 2018. The USD232 billion was 3 percent lower than the average (USD239 billion) and 5 percent lower than the median (USD243 billion) during the 21st Century. The economic losses were a further 20 percent lower than the average and 12 percent lower than the median of the past decade (2009-2018).

22 Jan 2020 description

In Southeast Asia, key developments from last week include: continued fighting in Myanmar’s Rakhine state; increased separatist violence targeting civilians in Thailand; continued clashes between state forces and Papuan rebels in Indonesia; and fighting between state forces and both Islamist and communist rebels in the Philippines.