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06 Dec 2018 description

Éléments nouveaux/faits marquants intervenus depuis la diffusion de la carte précédente sur PacNet, le 26 novembre 2018

03 Dec 2018 description

Australia was the first donor country to have a strategy to make development assistance disability-inclusive, Development for All, towards a disability-inclusive Australian aid program 2009-2014.

The strategy was a culmination of long-term advocacy by civil society organisations and Australia’s ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities.

02 Dec 2018 description
report Human Rights Watch

Proposed Law Would Expedite Medical Transfers

Elaine Pearson, Australia Director

Australian members of parliament (MPs) have the chance before year’s end to address one of most egregious impacts of Australia’s harsh border policies by backing a bill to give refugees emergency medical care.

28 Nov 2018 description

Éléments nouveaux/faits marquants intervenus depuis la diffusion de la carte précédente sur PacNet, le 19 novembre 2018 :

Aux Samoa américaines, l’épidémie de dengue de type 2 a été déclarée éteinte : le dernier cas confirmé (par RT-PCR) a été enregistré le 10 octobre 2018. Source : rapport de situation sur l’épidémie de dengue de l’UHC des Samoa américaines pour la semaine épidémiologique 46 (11 – 17 novembre 2018), publié sur PacNet le 20 novembre 2018. L’alerte a été supprimée de la carte.

22 Nov 2018 description

Bangkok, 22 November 2018, 07:00: On 21 November 2018, the Australian Government confirmed that they intend to withdraw from the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration (GCM). The Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN) strongly criticises this decision by Australia to shy away from this historic agreement.

12 Nov 2018 description

Highlights/updates since the last map was sent on PacNet on 5 November 2018

The mumps outbreak in Vanuatu has been declared over. – Source: personal communication with country officials on 9 November 2018. – The alert has been removed from the map.

Additional information of relevance (e.g. imported cases with travel history to Pacific Island countries and territories):

22 Oct 2018 description

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, appeals to the Government of Australia to take urgent action for all refugees and asylum-seekers in Papua New Guinea and Nauru today. UNHCR appreciates the efforts of doctors, independent experts, lawyers and elected representatives from all sides of politics to highlight the human cost of “offshore processing” and its consequences in recent weeks. This reflects growing recognition that lives are at immediate and critical risk, as well as increased community concern. Despite this, decisive action is still to be taken.

19 Oct 2018 description
report Plan International


In the course of this ground-breaking research, thousands of girls and young women have shared their stories of harassment and violence for the first time, providing a never-before seen glimpse of what they experience in their cities and the impact this has on their lives.


12 Oct 2018 description

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Catherine Stubberfield – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

12 Oct 2018 description

Leesa Carson, Head of Community Safety, Geoscience Australia

In 1989, the United Nations General Assembly called for the International Day for Disaster Reduction to help build a global culture of risk-awareness and disaster reduction.

Almost thirty years later, the International Day for Disaster Reduction is marked every year on 13 October to raise awareness of this global issue, and what can be done, to decrease the risk and impact of natural disasters to communities.

27 Sep 2018 description

By Conor Fortune, Senior Communications Adviser - Crisis Response London, 26 September 2018, 17:01 UTC

A grisly video showing a heinous act of violence quickly went viral after it was posted on 10 July 2018. Men dressed in army fatigues and wielding military-grade rifles brutally marched women and young children – including a baby strapped to his mother’s back – to a rural location before blindfolding and executing them in a hail of bullets.

27 Sep 2018 description

Regional update – Asia and the Pacific Executive Committee of the High Commissioner’s Programme
Sixty-ninth session
1-5 October 2018

A. Situational context including new developments

27 Sep 2018 description

The Australian Government has reaffirmed its commitment to end the tuberculosis (TB) epidemic during a High-Level meeting at the United Nations today.

The World Health Organization estimates that around six million new cases of TB occur in the Indo-Pacific region each year.

Australia has provided more than $60 million to address TB in Papua New Guinea since 2012 and $4.7 million to support Kiribati’s National TB Program.

19 Sep 2018 description

As the stalemate continues over a common set of rules on asylum within the European Union, “externalizing,” “offshoring,” “outsourcing” and, most recently, “regionalizing” asylum and migration management in non–European Union countries remain on the agenda. So does offshoring actually work? This brief takes a comparative look at offshoring asylum and migration management in Australia, Spain, Tunisia, and the United States, and lessons learned for the European Union.

10 Sep 2018 description

Distinguished President,
Director-General of the UN Office in Geneva,
Colleagues and friends,

It is an honour to be called to this mandate, to assist States to uphold the human rights of their people, in this year in which we celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

10 Sep 2018 description

A climate scientist says the inclusion of climate change as a security issue by Pacific Island leaders is an opportunity to push for more urgent action in the region.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International

30 Aug 2018 description

Index: ASA 05/8971/2018

30 August 2018


19 Aug 2018 description
report Voice of America

Phil Mercer

SYDNEY — Despite a call for more migrants and refugees to be resettled beyond Australia's big cities, new figures show finding work can be tough. Refugees from a special 2015 humanitarian intake of refugees from Syria and Iraq who moved to regional parts of Queensland have run into problems getting a job. Only one in five are employed, and some have abandoned their initial plans and moved to a large city.

13 Aug 2018 description

Millions of people are being put at risk as droughts across the world affect food production, and livestock this summer.

Australia is experiencing its worst drought in living memory, with the Red Cross launching an emergency appeal for farmers who have been hit hard in recent weeks. The extreme dry spell has seen rural communities lose cattle and crops, putting livelihoods in jeopardy.