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25 Jun 2018 description

CERF announces new findings in latest Results Report

Claudia Hargarten June 26, 2018

A new Results Report takes stock of how a US$439 million humanitarian investment from more than 50 donors delivered life-saving assistance to over 22 million people facing the consequences of natural disasters and conflict around the world.

17 Oct 2017 description
report CARE


Following the response across the PNG Highlands region to the El Niño event in 2015-16, a Lessons Learnt Workshop was held in Goroka on the 9th of May 2017.

The Lessons Learnt Workshop had the following objectives:

  • Provide space for Provincial and sub national government staff and key humanitarian partners in the Eastern Highlands to capture key learning at critical steps of the 2015-16 El Niño emergency response.

23 Feb 2017 description
report Caritas

The El Nino of 2015/2016 was unforgiving, decimating crops, drying up water sources and cutting communities in the Papua New Guinea Highlands adrift, as they either suffered in remote areas or left home for lower altitudes in search of water and food.

20 Jan 2017 description

Papua New Guinea's National Agriculture Research Institute is partnering with civil society in the Highlands to help build resilience to future droughts.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International

17 Jan 2017 description
report CARE

Aid organisation CARE International today issued a new report highlighting the top ten most underreported humanitarian crises of 2016.

The report, Suffering in Silence, features food crises in Eritrea, Madagascar, North Korea and Papua New Guinea; conflicts in Burundi, Lake Chad Basin, Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, Sudan and last year’s monsoon floods in Bangladesh.

11 Jan 2017 description


  • IOM has enhanced recovery of health services through the provision of sustainable water supply at health facilities in Enga, Jiwaka and Simbu Provinces.

  • IOM has built a gravity-fed water supply system providing clean water to 1,200 households in Morobe Province.

  • IOM has worked with the PNG Civil and Identity Registry Office to document and register the displaced community of Lese Ward, Gulf Province into PNG’s new national registration system.

Situation Overview

26 Oct 2016 description

Globally averaged CO2 levels reach 400 parts per million in 2015

High greenhouse gas levels mark start of new era of climate reality

Globally averaged concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere reached the symbolic and significant milestone of 400 parts per million for the first time in 2015 and surged again to new records in 2016 on the back of the very powerful El Niño event, according to the World Meteorological Organization's annual Greenhouse Gas Bulletin.

12 Oct 2016 description


  • WFP has completed distributions of rice in all areas except Milne Bay Province, where WFP is currently distributing 434 mt rice to 31,000 people.

  • WFP is preparing a Lessons Learned workshop on the El Niño humanitarian response together with the Government, United Nations agencies and other partners. The workshop will take place from 31 October—01 November.

In Numbers

  • 207,000 people in need of food assistance

  • 162,499 people reached in September

  • 4,618 mt of rice distributed

28 Sep 2016 description

Key messages

  • The Pacific region is frequently hit by natural disasters such as cyclones, floods, droughts and earthquakes. Pacific countries rank among the highest in the world in terms of numbers of casualties and people affected. The European Commission provides humanitarian assistance to the region both in terms of disaster preparedness and emergency relief when major disasters strike.

21 Sep 2016 description


The El Niño weather event has been in a neutral phase since May. Nevertheless, it continues to have a devastating impact on vulnerable people in parts of Eastern and Southern Africa, Asia and the Pacific, the Dry Corridor in Central America, and Haiti in the Caribbean. This event will also cause long term consequences for public health, nutrition, livelihoods, water and sanitation.

12 Sep 2016 description


  • In September, WFP nears the end of its emergency operation as final round food distributions continue in Enga Province, Milne Bay Province, Southern Highlands Province and Western Province.

  • WFP faces operational challenges including a volatile security situation in the Highlands, rough sea conditions in Milne Bay Province, and periodic heavy rains throughout the country.

In Numbers

09 Sep 2016 description


Prospects for global cereal production in 2016 continued to improve in recent months with significant upward revisions for maize and wheat, reflecting particularly favourable weather conditions in some of the large producing countries.

COUNTRIES IN NEED OF EXTERNAL ASSISTANCE: FAO estimates that 36 countries, including 28 in Africa, are in need of external assistance for food. Persisting conflicts and drought induced production declines are the main causes that have stressed food security in 2016.

08 Sep 2016 description

A massive food distribution to drought victims in Papua New Guinea is set to finish this month.

Read the full article here.

02 Sep 2016 description
report World Vision

In the wake of El Niño

We are living in the most unusually warm period in history and this is taking a huge toll on the world’s most vulnerable. 2015 was the hottest year on record and 2016 looks set to be even hotter.
As this year’s El Niño in the Pacific lurches towards becoming a La Nina1 , the run of record temperatures looks set to be broken again. But in some ways, this year is not unique. It has become widely acknowledged among the development community that weather-related disasters are the ‘new normal’.

31 Aug 2016 description
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  • IOM distributed 35,153 sweet potato cuttings and 1,200 banana suckers to 2,000 households in Jiwaka, Enga and Simbu Provinces.

  • IOM conducted Participatory Health and Hygiene Education (PHHE) for 15,777 beneficiaries in the Highlands.

  • IOM trained 28 Government Officials and Community Leaders from conflict areas on peacebuilding and reconciliation processes.

Situation Overview

04 Aug 2016 description


· WFP is finishing up its first round of food distribution in the Hela and Enga Provinces of the Highlands Region and is preparing for a second round to reach 127,000 people.

· On 18 July, WFP began a food distribution that will reach 28,000 people in the Western and Southern Highlands Provinces.

· On 08 August, WFP will initiate a food distribution in Milne Bay Province to reach 52,000 people.

In Numbers

207,000 people in need of food assistance.

29 Jul 2016 description

Summary of the Operation

On 15 September 2015, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) supported the Papua New Guinea Red Cross Society (PNGRCS) through the Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) allocation, to deliver humanitarian aid to families affected by the frost and drought resulting from the El Niño effect.