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UK Met Office committed to strengthening Asia’s resilience to climate change
19 April 2018

UK Met Office committed to strengthening Asia’s resilience to climate change

The UK Met Office announced a new programme to strengthen climate change resilience in Asia, working in partnership with the World Bank and the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID). The programme was announced at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) taking place in London this week. The key...

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Médecins Sans Frontières open new hospital in Cox’s Bazar as health concerns grow for monsoon season
17 April 2018

Médecins Sans Frontières open new hospital in Cox’s Bazar as health concerns grow for monsoon season

The hospital, ran by Médecins Sans Frontières, opens as the camp is preparing for its annual monsoon season which has caused significant concern among humanitarian organisations. Monsoon season will increase the risk of flooding and landslides in the region, in addition to raising concerns over healthcare. For example, there is...

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Asia needs to step up the fight against hunger, says FAO Director
12 April 2018

Asia needs to step up the fight against hunger, says FAO Director

Governments in Asia must further their commitment to Zero Hunger by focusing on rural poverty reduction and adapting their agricultural sectors due to the threats posed by climate change. General José Graziano da Silva, FAO Director commented: “Countries need to step up their efforts to bring the fight against hunger...

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World Bank approves $55 million to support renewable energy projects in rural Bangladesh
11 April 2018

World Bank approves $55 million to support renewable energy projects in rural Bangladesh

The World Bank has approved $55 million to grow clean and renewable energy in rural areas of Bangladesh that is cut off from electricity grids. The funding will be added to the existing Second Rural Electrification and Renewable Energy Development (RERED II) Project and will involve the installation of 1000...

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Health concerns grow in Papua New Guinea following earthquake and aftershocks
10 April 2018

Health concerns grow in Papua New Guinea following earthquake and aftershocks

WHO has raised concerns about the potential for disease earthquakes in Papua New Guinea following a large earthquake in February 2018 and a number of subsequent aftershocks. The initial earthquake struck on 26th February with a magnitude of 7.5. This, combined with hundreds of aftershocks, has resulted in the severe...

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IOM, Japan and Bangladesh are working together to bring clean water to Rohingya refugees
10 April 2018

IOM, Japan and Bangladesh are working together to bring clean water to Rohingya refugees

The UN Migration Agency (IOM), the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Bangladesh’s Department of Public Health Engineering (DPHE) are bringing easily accessible and safe water to 30,000 Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar. IOM, JICA and DPHE have collaborated on a major borehole project which opens this week. It is...

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Health concerns grow in Papua New Guinea following earthquake and aftershocks
10 April 2018

Health concerns grow in Papua New Guinea following earthquake and aftershocks

WHO has raised concerns about the potential for disease earthquakes in Papua New Guinea following a large earthquake in February 2018 and a number of subsequent aftershocks. The initial earthquake struck on 26th February with a magnitude of 7.5. This, combined with hundreds of aftershocks, has resulted in the severe...

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Bhutan’s capital is the latest city to join UNISDR’s ‘Making Cities Resilient’ campaign
09 April 2018

Bhutan’s capital is the latest city to join UNISDR’s ‘Making Cities Resilient’ campaign

Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan, is the newest member to join Bhutan’s the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) ‘Making Cities Resilient’ campaign. The Making Cities Resilient campaign addresses local governance and urban risk to promote resilience activities, sustainable development and an understanding of disaster risk. The campaign...

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“No single agency can meet the massive health needs” of Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh, says WHO
29 March 2018

“No single agency can meet the massive health needs” of Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh, says WHO

Healthcare is a key priority for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, with numerous agencies committing to help provide critical healthcare. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has made a further appeal for supporting the needs of 1.3 million Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh as monsoon season nears. In addition to risks from flooding...

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Combining sustainability and profitability in Asia
28 March 2018

Combining sustainability and profitability in Asia

Across Asia a number of companies are beginning to recognise the power of sustainability in driving profits. Some of Asia’s largest multinational corporations have embraced sustainability including Ayala Corporation, Indian IT firm Infosys and South Korean water company Coway. In 2018’s Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World Index,...

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World Water Day – What Threat Does Water Pose to Asia?
22 March 2018

World Water Day – What Threat Does Water Pose to Asia?

March 22nd 2018 marks the 25th Annual World Water Day which aims to highlight the importance of freshwater and advocate for the sustainable management of water resources. Global water use has increased six fold over the past century and continues to grow at a rate of about one percent per...

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DFID steps up support for Rohingya refugees as monsoon season looms
20 March 2018

DFID steps up support for Rohingya refugees as monsoon season looms

The UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) has increased support to Rohingya refugees ahead of monsoon season. Bangladesh’s annual cyclone and monsoon season is fast approaching which poses significant threats to the refugee community living in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. Estimates suggest that almost 1 million people have fled from neighbouring...

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Investment in sustainable water management is critical for Vietnam
19 March 2018

Investment in sustainable water management is critical for Vietnam

Vietnam is facing a water crisis driven by environmental damage, climate change and unsustainable water exploitation. Additionally, the country is struggling to address challenges in resource management in environmentally sustainable ways. Last week in Hanoi the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment held a workshop in preparation of World Water...

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Natural disasters in Asia caused $48 billion worth of damage to agriculture in 2017
16 March 2018

Natural disasters in Asia caused $48 billion worth of damage to agriculture in 2017

A report by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) revealed that between 2005 and 2015 Asia suffered the most significant economic losses from natural disasters. The FAO revealed the figures in their report ‘The impacts of disaster and crisis on agriculture and food security 2017’. Half of the damage caused...

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Linking local production and refugee nutrition is key to ‘maintain harmony’ in Cox’s Bazar
15 March 2018

Linking local production and refugee nutrition is key to ‘maintain harmony’ in Cox’s Bazar

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has distributed seeds and agricultural machinery to over 500 host families in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh to enable them to grow new varieties of crops to sell and eat. The FAO hopes this will also help to improve the nutrition of Rohingya refugees in the...

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Solar power gets another boost from India, France and the ADB
13 March 2018

Solar power gets another boost from India, France and the ADB

​The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the International Solar Alliance (ISA) have signed a new agreement to promote the development of solar energy in Asia and the pacific. This includes solar power generation, solar based mini grids and transmission systems for integrating solar energy into grids. The ISA was established...

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Japan signs $5.2 million agreement with UNDP to support six Pacific nations
13 March 2018

Japan signs $5.2 million agreement with UNDP to support six Pacific nations

Last week the government of Japan signed a USD$5.2 million agreement with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to upscale its current parliamentary development work and support six Pacific Nations. Thanks to the programme, the UNDP will provide new support to the Parliaments of Samoa, Republic of Marshall Islands and...

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Disaster resilience and post disaster recovery in Asia
12 March 2018

Disaster resilience and post disaster recovery in Asia

The latest report by United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) found that natural disasters are becoming more frequent and intense in Asia, with disaster risk outpacing resilience. ESCAP also estimates that between 2015 and 2030 40% of global economic losses from disasters will be...

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Vietnam to construct 4,000 storm proof homes to protect against climate change
12 March 2018

Vietnam to construct 4,000 storm proof homes to protect against climate change

A new partnership between the UN and Vietnam will see storm proof houses built in vulnerable coastal communities. The 29.5 million housing scheme will be funded by the UN Green Climate Fund and aims to increase the resilience of Vietnamese coastal communities to the effects of climate change. The project...

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Resilience to climate change in Asia-Pacific depends on gender equality, says UNEP
08 March 2018

Resilience to climate change in Asia-Pacific depends on gender equality, says UNEP

The United Nations Environment Programme have highlighted that for the Asia-Pacific region to develop a long term and sustainable resilience to the effects of climate change, they must address two key factors: human vulnerability and gender inequality. Around the world women are effected more significantly and frequently by climate change...

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