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Australia’s Compliance With the International Covenant on Civil and Political rights

Date: 27/09/2017

Category: Child protection, Education, Health, Climate change adaptation, Disaster risk reduction, Emergencies

This report to the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Committee (the Committee) examines Australia’s compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). It has been prepared by a coalition of non-government organisations (NGOs) from across Australia. The report is intended to inform the Committee’s sixth review of Australia during its 121st session in October/November 2017.

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Policy Briefing - Children and the Global Compacts

Policy briefing
Date: 21/09/2017

Category: Child protection, Education, Health, Climate change adaptation, Disaster risk reduction, Emergencies

We are at a critical juncture. The Global Compacts on Refugees and Migration, which follow from the September 2016 New York Declaration made by the United Nations’ General Assembly, present a rare and unique opportunity to build a sustainable framework for international collaboration on the global governance of migration and refugees and the protection of vulnerable individuals, including children on the move.

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SCI Construction Policies Benchmark Standards and Tools

Construction Policies Benchmark Standards and Tools
Date: 02/08/2017

Category: Education, Disaster risk reduction, Emergencies

We work in some of the most complex environments around the world with the most vulnerable populations. The document draws on experience from past and present programming around the world and provides a basis for ensuring the safety of the children and families that we seek to support.

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Stori bilong Mi: 15 Years of Poro Sapot

Poro Sapot booklet
Date: 18/07/2017

Category: Health

The Poro Sapot Project, funded by the Australian Government, is a sexual and reproductive health (SRH) project that has worked with key populations in Papua New Guinea for over 15 years. The project has been far-reaching, operating in NCD, Eastern Highlands, Morobe, Western and Central provinces. The Poro Sapot Project engaged police, service providers, gatekeepers, community groups and other key stakeholders to create an enabling environment for the promotion and protection of sexual health, rights and well-being among most at risk populations.

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Iraq - An Unbearable Reality Report

Iraq - An Unbearable Reality
Date: 05/07/2017

Category: Child protection, Education, Health

The report is the first comprehensive study of this size since the conflict escalated in 2014 and details the heart-breaking accounts from children who have been displaced by the fighting. The study explores how children’s experiences of violence and displacement have impacted on their mental health and psychosocial needs. It highlights how children are experiencing very different mental health issues depending on whether they fled ISIS early on or stayed and endured its control for several years.

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PNG Nutrition Report

PNG Nutrition Report
Date: 21/06/2017

Category: Child protection, Education, Health

Almost half of all Papua New Guinean children have stunted growth from chronic malnutrition and it is taking an enormous toll on the country’s economy. This report from Save the Children and Frontier Economics finds that child undernutrition cost the PNG economy up to $USD 1.5 billion in a single year (FY 2015-16), representing 8.45 percent of its gross domestic product. Frontier Economics further estimates malnutrition could be the underlying cause of up to 76% of deaths of children under five, well above the global average of 45%. This report outlines cost-effective solutions proven to reduce child undernutrition, with high economic and social returns on investment.

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Unlocking Childhood

Unlocking-Childhood
Date: 20/06/2017

Category: Child protection, Education

Save the Children and the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN) has recently published Unlocking Childhood containing detailed research into the immigration detention of asylum seeker and refugee children in this region. The report aims to highlight the need for governments in this region to abandon the harmful practice of detaining children for immigration related purposes, and instead adopt alternatives to detention consistent with the rights and needs of children.  Through documenting the practice of immigration detention of children, the research reveals that asylum seekers and refugees in neighbouring countries such as Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand are not adequately protected as a matter of law or practice and remain extremely vulnerable and face many serious hardships. 

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2017 Foreign Policy White Paper Submission

Foreign Policy White Paper Submission
Date: 06/06/2017

Category: Education, Health, Climate change adaptation

Australia has enjoyed seven decades of peace and prosperity. We are now at a critical juncture where the global stability that has underwritten Australia’s prosperity is facing serious threats. These include: rising inequality, lack of respect for human rights, mass displacement and climate change.

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Stolen Childhoods

Date: 01/06/2017

Category: Child protection, Education, Health

For at least 700 million children worldwide – and perhaps hundreds of millions more – childhood has ended too soon. The major reasons included poor health, conflict, extreme violence, child marriage, early pregnancy, malnutrition, exclusion from education and child labor.

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Counting Pennies

Date: 25/05/2017

Category: Child protection, Education, Health

Every child deserves to grow up in a safe, peaceful, nurturing and enabling environment. But this is not the case for millions of children across the world that experience violence every day. Violence includes more than just physical abuse, but also things like forced labour, neglect and child marriage. The consequences are devastating for children, their communities and society as a whole. Violence against children erodes the very foundation of stable societies and threatens future sustainable and inclusive economic growth. This is why global leaders have made ending violence against children in all its forms a priority for transforming our world.

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