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Embassies and international organisations take a stand against plastic pollution in Vietnam
05 June 2018

Embassies and international organisations take a stand against plastic pollution in Vietnam

On Monday 4th June 2018, ahead of World Environment Day, 41 embassies and international organisations in Vietnam pledged to cut plastic pollution in the country. Canadian ambassador Ping Kitnikone said: “As international partners, we have the privilege to work in Vietnam, and have a collective responsibility to reduce our plastic...

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How is WHO preparing Cox’s Bazar for monsoon season?
01 June 2018

How is WHO preparing Cox’s Bazar for monsoon season?

The Rohingya refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar has started to experience intermittent flooding as the first rains of the monsoon season fall. The camp is home to approximately 1.3 million people. The World Health Organisation and other partners from the health sector are focusing on further strengthening the preventative and...

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WMO and WHO sign legal agreement to improve protection against climatic and atmospheric threats
01 June 2018

WMO and WHO sign legal agreement to improve protection against climatic and atmospheric threats

The World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) have signed a legal agreement to protect communities using ‘relevant and authoritative’ data on the weather, climate and atmosphere. The agencies will combine their expertise to help protect populations around the world against extreme weather, air pollution and climate...

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Climate change could displace 140 million by 2050
30 May 2018

Climate change could displace 140 million by 2050

The World Bank has warned that climate change could push tens of millions of people in the developing world to migrate both inside and outside their own countries. The Bank analysed the impact of ‘slow-onset’ climate change and migratory patterns in three developing regions in the world: Sub-Saharan Africa, South...

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$55 million to connect rural Bangladesh with renewable energy
30 May 2018

$55 million to connect rural Bangladesh with renewable energy

The government of Bangladesh has signed a $55 million agreement with the World Bank to expand the country’s use of renewable energy in rural areas. The financing comes as part of the Second Rural Electrification and Renewable Energy Development (RERED II) Project and will install 1,000 solar irrigation pumps, 30...

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Nutrition initiatives in Cox’s Bazar have received a boost
29 May 2018

Nutrition initiatives in Cox’s Bazar have received a boost

France has donated €400,000 to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to support nutrition activities for Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar. The donation will increase WFP’s nutrition programme targeting young children, pregnant women and nursing women and address acute malnutrition in the settlement. Marie-Annick Bourdin, Ambassador of France to...

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Nepal eliminates trachoma, the first country in South East Asia to do so
23 May 2018

Nepal eliminates trachoma, the first country in South East Asia to do so

The World Health Organisation has confirmed that Nepal has eliminated trachoma as a public health problem. The country is the first in the South East Asia region to overcome the leading infectious cause of blindness. The disease thrives in crowded living conditions with water shortages, inadequate sanitation and where eye...

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Grass planting initiatives are protecting Rohingya refugees from landslides
21 May 2018

Grass planting initiatives are protecting Rohingya refugees from landslides

The UN Migration Agency, IOM, has distributed 2 million vetiver grass plants throughout Cox’s Bazar in the last 2 weeks in an effort to reduce soil erosion and the risk of landslides in the refugee camp. In addition, local and international NGOs will be provided with a further 2 million...

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South East Asia is falling short of SDGs
17 May 2018

South East Asia is falling short of SDGs

A report released last week by the United Nations titled ‘Asia and the Pacific SDG Progress Report 2017’ found that the region is falling behind its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Of the 57 targets set by the UN, Asia-Pacific has fallen behind on 37. The goals that have notably low...

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IOM has successfully relocated 12,000 Rohingya refugees ahead of monsoon season
16 May 2018

IOM has successfully relocated 12,000 Rohingya refugees ahead of monsoon season

The UN Migration Agency, IOM, have successfully relocated 12,000 Rohingya refugees as monsoon storms have already begun in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. The rains have damaged shelter and have increased the risk of landslides on steep slopes. The IOM is urgently preparing to relocate 24,000 of the most at risk people...

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WaterAid’s latest research highlights the need to integrate health and WaSH policies
10 May 2018

WaterAid’s latest research highlights the need to integrate health and WaSH policies

New research by WaterAid and PATH has found that combining clean water, decent household toilets and good hygiene with childhood vaccinations and nutrition support could prevent 697,000 child deaths each year and millions more cases of pneumonia and diarrhoea. Each year almost 300,000 children die around the world from diarrhoeal...

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UNICEF to upscale work in Cox’s Bazar thanks to $15.7 million donation from Japan
09 May 2018

UNICEF to upscale work in Cox’s Bazar thanks to $15.7 million donation from Japan

UNICEF is able to scale up its assistance to women and children in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh thanks to a $15.7 million donation from the Government and Japan. The donation comes at a critical time for Cox’s Bazar as monsoon season approaches and only 16% of the total funding needed has...

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Vaccination and relocation programmes are preparing Cox’s Bazar for monsoon season
08 May 2018

Vaccination and relocation programmes are preparing Cox’s Bazar for monsoon season

The refugee camp of Cox’s Bazar is readying itself for the approaching monsoon season with healthcare initiatives and relocation programmes. Over 700,000 refugees have fled Myanmar since August 2017, with around 900,000 Rohingya refugees living in Cox’s Bazar. The majority live in poor conditions and unstable housing, monsoon poses serious...

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Urgent action is needed to tackle water-related disasters
04 May 2018

Urgent action is needed to tackle water-related disasters

The final outcome of ‘Making Every Drop Count’, a document put together by the High Level Panel on Water has called for urgent action to address water-related disasters around the globe. 2018 marks the beginning of the International Decade for Action: Water for Sustainable Development. Since 1990 water related disasters...

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Drones are connecting rural Nepalese communities to healthcare facilities
03 May 2018

Drones are connecting rural Nepalese communities to healthcare facilities

Drones are increasingly being used to deliver essential medicines and laboratory samples to and from areas of Nepal. The new technology represents progress in the delivery of medicine and a reduced dependence on road and transport networks. This would be particularly beneficial for rural populations, like those in Nepal. In...

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Marginalised people bear the brunt of air pollution
02 May 2018

Marginalised people bear the brunt of air pollution

The latest report by the World Health Organisation (WHO) reveals the significant damage air pollution is having across the world, particularly in low income countries. WHO’s estimates reveal that 90% of the global population breathe air containing a high level of pollution and 7 million die each year due to...

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IOM is training Rohingya refugees on how to improve their shelter ahead of monsoon season
27 April 2018

IOM is training Rohingya refugees on how to improve their shelter ahead of monsoon season

The UN Migration Agency (IOM) has trained over 40,000 Rohingya on how to upgrade their shelters ahead of monsoon season. In total 100,000 families will receive training, the IOM is also providing upgrade kits containing ropes, tarpaulin and tools. Humanitarian agencies have raised numerous concerns over the threats monsoon season...

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Press release: Asia Pacific Leaders Malaria Alliance
26 April 2018

Press release: Asia Pacific Leaders Malaria Alliance

Leading Asia Pacific corporations launch consumer-powered movement to end malaria on World Malaria Day A number of Asia’s leading companies and foundations have launched M2030 – focusing the power of millions of consumers on beating the world’s deadliest disease. London, 25 April 2018. A new collaboration has been unveiled today...

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Natural disasters could cost Asia $160 billion a year by 2030
26 April 2018

Natural disasters could cost Asia $160 billion a year by 2030

​The UN has warned of the significant economic damage natural disasters could cause in the Asia Pacific region. In addition, the region has a very low insurance coverage despite regular and devastating natural disasters that have cost approximately $1.3 trillion over the last 50 years. Only 8% of the region’s...

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How stoves are tackling health, environment and gender equality issues in Lao DPR
24 April 2018

How stoves are tackling health, environment and gender equality issues in Lao DPR

The World Bank, in partnership with the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP), is replacing over 50,000 charcoal and wood burning stoves in Lao PDR. The stoves will be replaced with clean, energy-efficient and smoke free cooking stoves. The first recipients of the stoves will be schools with feeding programmes....

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