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18 Oct 2017 description

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, urges Australia to take responsibility and address the imminent humanitarian crisis for refugees and asylum-seekers in Papua New Guinea. UNHCR is profoundly troubled by the mounting risks of ‘offshore processing’ arrangements, and their extraordinary human toll, as Australia seeks to abruptly decrease its support by the end of October.

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.

17 Oct 2017 description
report European Union

On Monday 16 October 2017 the Council adopted the EU Annual Report on Human Rights And Democracy in the World in 2016.

2016 was a challenging year for human rights and democracy, with a shrinking space for civil society and complex humanitarian and political crises emerging. In this context, the European Union showed leadership and remained strongly committed to promote and protect human rights and democracy across the world.

16 Oct 2017 description


The El Niño climate event in 2015 and 2016 caused widespread drought and frost in Papua New Guinea (PNG), peaking in late 2015 and breaking in early 2016. With three-quarters of the population reliant on their gardens for food security, only 40% of the population having access to an improved water source and only 19% of the population having access to an improved sanitation facility, the drought impacts were considerable.

16 Oct 2017 description

Manus Island detainees have written to Papua New Guinea authorities pleading not to be forcibly resettled in PNG.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International.

16 Oct 2017 description

Detainees taking medication on Papua New Guineas' Manus Island have been given a month's worth of pharmaceuticals, prompting fears some may overdose.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International.

13 Oct 2017 description

Today the international community celebrates International Day for Disaster Reduction. The International Day for Disaster Reduction was started in 1989, after a call by the United Nations General Assembly for a day to promote a global culture of risk-awareness and disaster reduction. Held every October 13th, this day celebrates how people and communities around the world are reducing their exposure to disasters and raising awareness about the importance of reining in the risks that they face. The United States is committed to this effort.

13 Oct 2017 description

Port Moresby, 12 October 2017– Western Highlands and Simbu, like other Highlands provinces, are prone to many different hazards including floods, landslides, droughts and frosts.

Communities in these provinces are regularly impacted by floods especially those living along the rivers and the flood plains. Infrastructure including the Highlands Highway is also regularly impacted by landslides and other calamities. In 2015/16, both provinces were affected by El Nino-induced drought and frost, especially people living in high altitude areas.

13 Oct 2017 description

The decision to evacuate 14 doctors out of Mendi in Papua New Guinea's troubled Southern Highlands has been commended by the National Doctors Association.

Read more on RNZ

12 Oct 2017 description

A human rights lawyer says Australia is scrambling to find places to move Manus Island detainees as its Papua New Guinea detention centre is closed.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International.

11 Oct 2017 description

By political reporter Tom Iggulden

People at the Manus Island detention centre who are waiting to hear if they can resettle in the United States are being offered transfers to Nauru, but one refugee says nobody wants to move to "another island prison".

Refugees on Manus Island are being offered transfers to Nauru while they wait to hear whether they will be resettled in the United States.

Posters went up around the Manus camp yesterday calling for volunteers to move to Nauru.

10 Oct 2017 description
report Shelter Cluster


This document provides an overview of responses to the Global Shelter Cluster (GSC) online survey, conducted in preparation for the annual GSC Meeting. Findings are based on a total of 106 responses, as of 26 September 2017.

Participant profile

10 Oct 2017 description

Gracias a la financiación de la Comisión Europea, un programa liderado por la FAO ayudará a países de África, el Caribe y el Pacífico a encontrar fuentes alternativas de proteína animal

10 de octubre de 2017, Roma – La FAO presentó hoy una iniciativa destinada a ayudar a los países de África, el Caribe y el Pacífico a frenar la caza de fauna silvestre insostenible, conservar su riqueza natural y fortalecer los medios de subsistencia y la seguridad alimentaria de la población.

10 Oct 2017 description

UN report says natural disasters to become more destructive in Asia-Pacific without action on disaster resilience

Natural disasters are becoming more frequent and intense and disaster risk is outpacing resilience in Asia-Pacific, the most disaster-prone region in the world, according to the latest report by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).

06 Oct 2017 description

The lack of psychiatric care available on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island has raised fear of more deaths when Australia's refugee detention centre is closed at the end of the month.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International.

04 Oct 2017 description

What is the Pacific Humanitarian Team?

The Pacific Humanitarian Team (PHT) is a network of humanitarian organizations that work together to assist the Pacific Island countries in preparing for and responding to disasters.

04 Oct 2017 description
report The Guardian

Behind the policy of offshore processing are stories of genuine tragedy. We need to let recognised refugees rebuild their lives here

Thomas Albrecht

Last week the first refugees from Nauru and Papua New Guinea departed to start a new life in the United States. After more than four years spent in limbo, in harsh and punitive conditions, those who sought Australia’s protection will finally find the chance to rebuild their lives elsewhere in safety and with dignity.

03 Oct 2017 description

MOUNT HAGEN (ICRC) – Training for health workers on how to administer emergency treatment to survivors of sexual violence is being held for the first time in Papua New Guinea by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) with support from the National Department of Health.

Twenty-two participants from rural health facilities in Enga, Southern and Western Highlands Provinces are attending the five-day training at the Kimininga Hotel in Mount Hagen from 2 - 6 October.