Kabul – The World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a new contribution of AUD 5 million from the Government of Australia to provide food assistance for people affected by drought in Afghanistan. This brings Australia’s total contribution to WFP’s operations in Afghanistan to AUD15 million in 2018.
Today I announce that the Australian Government will provide humanitarian assistance to support people affected by food shortage throughout Afghanistan.
The United Nations has revised its Humanitarian Response Plan to call for urgent funding to provide emergency food, nutrition and water to over 1.4 million people who will need these supplies over the coming months.
Fifth Anniversary of Refugees Suffering on Manus, Nauru Islands
This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Andrej Mahecic – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is alarmed by a separation of a Sri Lankan refugee family in Sydney by the Government of Australia. The deportation overnight of the father leaves his Sri Lankan partner, who is a recognized refugee, alone in Australia with their 11-month-old daughter.
An Iranian woman was amoung 21 refugees from Nauru who flew to the United States yesterday to be resettled.
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Immigration Detention And Community Statistics Summary
At 31 May 2018, there were 1344 people in immigration detention facilities, including 1070 in immigration detention on the mainland and 274 in immigration detention on Christmas Island.
A further 368 people were living in the community after being approved for a residence determination and 17,668 were living in the community after grant of a Bridging Visa E.
The table below reflects figures based on records in Department of Home Affairs systems
By Denis McClean
GENEVA, 10 July, 2018 - Australia will host the Asia Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) for the first time in 2020 and anticipates a focus on the Pacific and the work of Australia’s recently announced National Resilience Taskforce.
The news was announced by Australia’s Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells at the closing ceremony of the 2018 AMCDRR in Ulaanbaatar last week.
This brief summarises the many changes to Australia’s refugee and asylum policies in recent years. These changes have largely been a political response to an increase in the number of people seeking asylum by boat (51,637 arrivals in the past five years) and in deaths at sea (at least 862 deaths over the same period). Both of Australia’s major political parties have responded by blocking access to protection in Australia and penalising those coming by boat.
Refugee and Humanitarian Program
Thirty-six refugees exiled to Nauru by Australia flew to the US yesterday to be resettled.
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Community/local action for resilience:
6 July, 2018, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia: The Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction closed today with participating governments issuing the Ulaanbaatar Declaration which calls for greater accountability for disaster losses in Asia, the world’s most disaster-prone region.
The Ulaanbaatar Declaration was adopted, and a two-year Action Plan agreed, to accelerate implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction in Asia. The Sendai Framework is the global plan adopted by UN member states in 2015 to reduce disaster losses.
Key Findings and Recommendations
Responding to the news that Nauru’s government has banned journalists from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) from attending the Pacific Islands Forum in September, Minar Pimple Amnesty International’s Senior Director of Global Operations said:
“This brazen move is a clear attempt at suppressing critical coverage of Nauru’s government and its inhumane treatment of refugees.
Combine lifesaving interventions with emergency livelihood support to address the distinct needs of rural people at risk across Somalia through: 1. Cash (cash-for-work and unconditional cash transfers) to meet immediate food (and water) needs; 2. Livelihood support and cash (“Cash+”) to restore food production, while ensuring families meet their immediate food needs; and 3. Emergency livestock support, to save livestock assets, and related food and income.
Ministry of Agriculture, NGOs.
Today I announce that the Australian Government has discontinued funding to the World Bank’s Multi-Donor Trust Fund for the Palestinian Recovery and Development Program.
I wrote to the Palestinian Authority (PA) on 29 May, to seek clear assurance that Australian funding is not being used to assist Palestinians convicted of politically motivated violence.
The Australian Government is pleased to support the inaugural Malaria World Congress, held in Melbourne from 1-5 July. The meeting has brought together global specialists to share ideas and strategies towards the goal of eliminating malaria.
Australia is playing a leading role in supporting malaria elimination efforts, particularly in the Indo-Pacific. The Government's Stronger Systems for Health Security program is supporting practical, relevant research into fundamental health security challenges.
The Australian Government will provide further funding over the next two years for CARE Australia to deliver humanitarian assistance to refugees in Jordan.
The USD $3 million funding will provide critical support to people affected by the Syrian and Iraq conflicts and help them rebuild their lives.
Australia has provided and committed more than $613 million to the humanitarian response since 2011.
The governor of Manus province in Papua New Guinea has reportedly threatened refugees with consequences if they break curfew.
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Ad Hoc Committee for Voluntary Contributions to UNRWA, 1st Meeting (PM)
A total of 20 donors today announced contributions, or their intention to contribute, to the 2018 budget of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), as officials called for stable financing for the Agency amid devastating conflicts and violence in the Middle East.