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  • Officials on hunt for ‘slave boats’ in Torres Strait

    Peter Michael, The Courier Mail | 05 Aug, 2015

    Officials are hunting a fleet of 33 “slave boats” in one of the biggest ever anti-human-trafficking operations in the Torres Strait off the tip of Australia. A massive air, sea and land search was launched after a foreign-owned fishing vessel and suspected slave-trading mother ship, The Blissful Reefer, was impounded and eight suspected victims were transferred to Daru Island.

  • Humanitarian assistance to Myanmar

    Julie Bishop Media Release | 05 Aug, 2015

    Today I announce the Australian Government will provide a package of support to Myanmar as it responds to the flooding and landslides following Cyclone Komen and heavy monsoonal rains. This support responds to a request from the Government of Myanmar. Australia will provide $2 million toward the relief efforts. We are working with the Myanmar Government and humanitarian partners to determine how funding will be allocated.

  • Foreign aid cut hangs over Nauru

    Peter Wilson and Boris Jancic, NZ News Yahoo | 05 Aug, 2015

    The threat of a foreign aid cut is still hanging over Nauru as the government waits for evidence of an improvement in the island nation's democratic rights and the rule of law. Prime Minister John Key says a blunt message is being sent. "We're deeply concerned by what we see taking place in Nauru and we want a resolution," he told reporters on Wednesday as he wrapped up a visit to the Cook Islands.

  • Trillions of dollars needed for UN anti-poverty plan

    Carole Landry, | 04 Aug, 2015

    The price tag for a bold global new anti-poverty agenda comes to between $3.5 and $5 trillion annually over the next 15 years, part of a United Nations' "to-do list" for the world. The UN's 193 member states agreed on a draft plan for the sustainable development goals at the weekend and world leaders are set to endorse them at a summit in New York from September 25 to 27. The 17 goals and 169 targets to end poverty, ensure healthy lives, promote education and combat climate change are even more sweeping than the UN's Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that expire at the end of this year.

  • Barack Obama announces limits on US power plant emissions, declares climate change greatest threat facing world

    ABC News | 04 Aug, 2015

    US president Barack Obama has announced the first ever limits on US power plant emissions and declared climate change the greatest threat facing the world. "No challenge poses a greater threat to our future and future generations than a change in climate," Mr Obama said as he unveiled his administration's ramped-up plan to cut carbon emissions from power plants. "There is such a thing as being too late."

  • Give me your tired, your poor … the Europeans embracing migrants

    Maryline Baumard, The Guardian | 03 Aug, 2015

    Judging from the headlines, it sometimes seems no one in Europe wants to help refugees. Record numbers are arriving in Italy and Greece this year, and yet other European governments have agreed to share less than a fifth of them. Hungary is building a wall to keep them out. For the same reason, France has sealed its border with Italy. In Greece, for much of this year there were doubts over the legality of giving a refugee a lift. But on a local level, there are thousands of people across the continent who are braving the vitriol of their peers, and filling the void left by the politicians. Many Europeans back their governments’ stance but their xenophobia masks another phenomenon – that of a huge drive by ordinary citizens to welcome refugees, rather than reject them. From the Hungarian volunteers providing round-the-clock support to Syrian and Afghani newcomers, to the Spanish priests assisting migrants with paperwork, here are seven movements from across Europe that are fighting for refugees’ rights.

  • PNG flags changes to managing foreign aid

    Beverley O'Connor, ABC News | 03 Aug, 2015

    PNG's prime minister Peter O'Neill has flagged a number of changes to the way it goes about managing foreign aid, including banning foreign advisors and consultants. But Paul Flanagan from the ANU's Development Policy Centre says the greater issue is making sure the money is spent in the right areas.

  • Ban hails UN Member States' agreement on 'people's agenda' to end poverty, promote sustainability

    Herald Globe | 03 Aug, 2015

    United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has praised UN Member States for reaching agreement on the draft outcome document that will constitute the new sustainable development agenda, which will be formally adopted by world leaders in New York this September. "Transforming our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development" encompasses a universal, transformative and integrated agenda that heralds an historic turning point for our world. This agreement results from a truly open, inclusive and transparent process," the UN chief said in a statement issued this evening.

  • Why the SDGs will break your heart

    Terence Wood, DevPolicy Blog | 03 Aug, 2015

    It’s a pity there aren’t more country and western songs about development. There are plenty of tales of woe to be had, and lessons learnt the hard way. Take the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for example: they are destined to break your heart.

  • Best Run Aussie NFP Revealed

    Pro Bono | 03 Aug, 2015

    The Australian arm of the global aid organisation, World Vision has been named Australia’s best run organisation in a national survey of Not for Profits and donors which also suggests almost two thirds of NFPs are not being well run. The survey by NFP impact consultancy, Good Foundations and PwC, found that strong management and being clear on purpose and vision were key elements in what makes a well-run Not for Profit. “Without these two elements it appears that it will be hard for a NFP to be considered ‘well-run’,” according to the Good Foundations survey. The survey said of the 149 organisations mentioned as being well run, overall, World Vision was the most frequently mentioned organisation.