GLOBAL HEALTH IMPACTS
• Severe drought and associated food insecurity, flooding, rains and temperature rises due to El Niño 2015-2016 are causing a wide range of health problems, including disease outbreaks, malnutrition and disruption of health services.
• El Niño 2015-2016 is affecting more than 60 million people, especially in Eastern and Southern Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean and Asia-Pacific.
The ADB program in Indonesia has provided loans, grants and technical assistance to grow the country’s economy and improve the lives of people, particularly the poor, women, children and other vulnerable groups.
ADB has provided Indonesia with $31 billion in loans, $439 million in technical assistance, and $430 million in grants since 1966.
With Indonesia having built much stronger systems and capacity, ADB now provides results-based forms of financing, enabling the country to use its internal systems and principle-based approaches.
21 AVRIL 2016 | GENÈVE – Lors de la Semaine mondiale de la vaccination 2016, organisée du 24 au 30 avril, l’Organisation mondiale de la Santé (OMS) met en lumière certaines avancées récentes dans la couverture vaccinale et décrit de nouvelles mesures que les pays peuvent prendre pour _« Combler les lacunes en matière de vaccination »_ et atteindre les cibles mondiales fixées pour 2020.
No happy ending for Myanmar refugees
By Jonathan Vit
When Malaysia allowed hundreds of Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants abandoned by their smugglers and left adrift on the Andaman Sea to come ashore last May, it marked the end of a regional diplomatic stalemate that had left thousands of lives in the balance and garnered international headlines.
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Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Wed, 13 Apr 2016 11:56 GMT
By Alex Whiting
LONDON, April 13 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Mental illnesses are the world's leading cause of disability affecting millions and, even during a humanitarian crisis, treating them is not an optional luxury, experts said before a World Bank/World Health Organization meeting on the issue in Washington this week.
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Indonesia's government has been increasing efforts to strengthen diplomatic ties with Pacific Island countries as it seeks to become a full member of the Melanesian Spearhead Group. However, as Johnny Blades reports concern is only growing about rampant rights abuses continuing in Indonesia's restricted Papua region.
Welcome to the First Edition of the Regional Consultative Group (RCG) on Humanitarian CivilMilitary Coordination for Asia and the Pacific Newsletter. This Newsletter will be published every two months to provide an update on the RCG work as well as to inform the UN-CMCoord community about upcoming UN-CMCoord events in the Asia-Pacific region.
For this edition, as chair of the RCG for 2016, the Government of the Philippines would like to share with RCG members the following updates:
The monsoon season in Indonesia usually lasts from November to March of the following year. In early February, the heavy rainfall resulted in serious flooding in Bangka Belitung, forcing over 4,000 residents to evacuate. In early March, another rainfall caused more serious floods in Bandung, affecting 5,900 families equal to about 24,000 people.
Jakarta, Indonesia | AFP | Wednesday 4/6/2016 - 15:22 GMT
A 6.0-magnitude earthquake hit off the Indonesian island of Java late Wednesday, US seismologists said, but no tsunami warning was immediately issued.
The earthquake hit at 9:45 pm local time (1445 GMT), the US Geological Survey said, some 110 kilometres (68 miles) south of the city of Banjar in West Java, at a depth of 35 kilometres.
Indonesia sits on the Pacific "Ring of Fire" where tectonic plates collide, causing frequent seismic and volcanic activity in the region.
The month saw violent extremist movements, including the Islamic State (IS) and al-Qaeda-linked groups, carry out major deadly attacks in Turkey, Pakistan, Côte d’Ivoire, Tunisia and Belgium. In Libya, the arrival of Prime Minister Serraj in Tripoli despite warnings from multiple factions could lead to further destabilisation. Meanwhile in Central Africa, political violence rose in Burundi and could break out in Chad around the 10 April presidential election.
By Lucia Cipullo
Situated within the Pacific ‘ring of fire’, Indonesia is the world’s largest archipelago and constantly at risk of disaster. Dealing with the threat and impacts of disasters, both natural and man-made, has become a way of life for many Indonesians. Just this month, over 100 hotspots have been identified and an emergency response had already been declared in Riau, an area greatly affected by forest fires.
The Sixth Ministerial Conference of the Bali Process on People Smuggling, Trafficking in Persons and Related Transnational Crime
Bali, 23 March 2016
BALI, INDONESIA, 23 MARCH 2016
We, the Foreign Ministers of Indonesia and Australia, had the honour to co-chair the Sixth Ministerial Conference of the Bali Process on People Smuggling, Trafficking in Persons and Related Transnational Crime in Bali, Indonesia on 23 March 2016.
I. Decisions and Recommendations for Future Activities
By Jonatan A. Lassa
A big earthquake hit the ocean floor off Southwestern Sumatra, Indonesia on 2 March 2016. Tsunami warnings were issued by the government to the whole Sumatran regions. How effective are Indonesia’s tsunami warning systems today?
◾Heavy rain has been affecting several areas of Sumatra island, especially the province of West Sumatra, over the last few days causing floods. Approx. 370 mm of rain in 24 h were recorded in Padang (West Sumatra province) and 114 mm in Bengkulu (Bengkulu province) over 21-22 March.
◾Local media report one person dead, hundreds evacuated and hundreds affected in the city of Padang, as of 23 March early morning (UTC).
◾Over the next 24 h moderate rainfall may still affect the island of Sumatra, including the already affected areas.
Joint media release
The Hon Julie Bishop MP, Minister for Foreign Affairs
The Hon Peter Dutton MP, Minister for Immigration and Border Protection
Australia and our regional partners have secured an ambitious agreement to combat irregular migration, people smuggling and human trafficking.
Agreed today at the Sixth Ministerial Conference of the Bali Process on People Smuggling, Trafficking in Persons and Related Transnational Crime, this landmark Ministerial Declaration strengthens regional cooperation and determination to combat these shared challenges.
Indonesia ramps up pressure on Australia to change policy
By Kristy Siegfried
Indonesia used a regional meeting on migration in Bali on Wednesday to pressure Australia to take in more of the refugees who have become stranded in the Southeast Asian nation as a result of Canberra’s controversial policy of turning back asylum seeker boats.
BALI, Indonesia – In a move welcomed by the UN Refugee Agency, Ministers of Bali Process countries today pledged to take a comprehensive regional approach to managing mixed migration flows by strengthening cooperation on search and rescue at sea, predictable disembarkation, temporary protection and legal pathways for refugees and migrants.
Tackling global poverty and deforestation
By UNITED NATIONS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME
MARCH 21ST, 2016
Women make up almost half the world’s farmers. Yet smaller farms and less access to education and finance makes it more difficult for them to adopt new technologies.