This World AIDS Day (1 December 2014) we are warning of the urgent need to prioritise HIV and sexual and reproductive health services for adolescents, particularly in the global south where they are slipping through the cracks when it comes to healthcare.
The Bangladeshi government’s announcement that it will move two camps housing some 30,000 officially documented Rohingya refugees has heightened concerns among the Muslim minority, which fled persecution in neighbouring Myanmar. Observers welcome the possibility of improving camp conditions, but are concerned the move could also increase insecurity.
By Andy McElroy
INCHEON, 27 November 2014 – The Hyogo Framework for Action has been an important guide to disaster risk managers working to build resilience on one of the world’s most exposed and vulnerable coasts.
Mahmudur Rahman, who has been responsible for disaster risk management for the coastal district of Barguna, Bangladesh, for eight years, said the HFA’s focus on good disaster risk governance and preparedness had acted as an important reference for significant improvements witnessed in his country.
NEW YORK, 21 novembre 2014 – Un nouveau partenariat entre le Groupe de la Banque mondiale et l’Alliance mondiale pour des réchauds écologiques (Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves) s’emploiera à promouvoir l’adoption de modes de cuisson « propres » par 100 millions de ménages. Pour préparer leurs repas, ces ménages utilisaient jusqu’ici des fourneaux de faible rendement et des combustibles solides.
CIUDAD DE NUEVA YORK, 21 de noviembre de 2014. Una nueva e importante alianza entre el Grupo Banco Mundial y la Alianza mundial para la utilización de cocinas ecológicas (GACC, por su sigla en inglés) impulsará un proceso de transición para que 100 millones de hogares que aún utilizan cocinas ineficientes y combustibles sólidos para preparar los alimentos adopten maneras de cocinar no contaminantes.
Pakistan: Drought conditions in Sindh have affected nearly 1.7 million people; nearly 500 have died in Tharparkar, including 296 children. In FATA, the number of people displaced by the military’s operation Khyber One in the Tirah Valley has grown to 440,000 people, adding to 993,000 displaced by operations in North Waziristan.
Liberia: Two million children are thought to be affected by the consequences of the Ebola epidemic. High levels of unemployment are affecting income: 70% of households in a recent survey said they do not have enough money to afford food.
COX'S BAZAR, 25 November 2014 (IRIN) - Bangladesh's announcement that it will move two camps housing some 30,000 officially documented Rohingya refugees has heightened anxieties among the Muslim minority, who fled persecution in neighbouring Myanmar. Observers applaud the possibility of improving camp conditions, but are concerned the move could also increase insecurity.
Potential for group-based approaches
Policy-makers and international agencies are currently negotiating the details of the successor to the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA), which is to be agreed at Sendai, Japan in March 2015. The zero draft of the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction (DRR) now explicitly promotes the integration of gender, age, disability and cultural perspectives into DRR. It acknowledges the need to manage differential levels of vulnerability and exposure, and the need to empower vulnerable groups to participate in decision-making and implementation.
Developing Alternative Risk Transfer Mechanism of Disaster & Climate Vulnerable Communities
Development of pro-poor river basin flood risk insurance cover for improved resilience of poor and vulnerable women, men, girls, boys, and the elderly in Sirajganj district of Bangladesh
Saibal Dasgupta,TNN | Nov 24, 2014, 01.24 AM IST
BEIJING: China has announced that it has completed a major hydropower dam on the Brahmaputra, called Yarlung Zangbo, in Tibet. The dam is bound to enhance fears in India and Bangladesh about flash floods and related risks like landslides involving lives of millions of people downstream.
NEW YORK CITY, November 21, 2014 - A major new partnership between the World Bank Group and the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves will work to spur a transition to clean cooking for 100 million households, which still use inefficient cookstoves and solid fuels for cooking.
Naikhong Chari, Bangladesh: Burmese Army and Border Guard Police (BGP) are outwardly violating the border agreement by installing ‘Booby Traps’ devices, plastic mines and IED devices within 30 meters of zero line, according to a recent intelligence report of BGB.
“The intelligence wing of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) submitted the report to home ministry in October.”
Teknaf, Bangladesh: Bangladesh navy rescued more than 600 boatpeople from a large trawler - carrying Burmese flag - adrift in the Bay of Bengal on November 17, while they were trying to go to Malaysia by sea route, said Noor Mohamed, a local from Teknaf town.
Just by saying the word “Rohingya” last week in Myanmar, President Obama entered the fray of a decades-long struggle for rights among the Muslim minority group in Myanmar. The Myanmar government would prefer that others not use the word; a 1982 law there classifies all Rohingya as “Bengalis,” despite the fact that most of the 1.3 million Rohingya living in Myanmar have never lived in Bangladesh, let alone emigrated from there.
Including the risk reduction and contingency plan in the Standing Orders on Disaster (SOD), the disaster management plan has recommended to be undertaken at district, upazila, and municipal and city corporation level. CDMP has taken the disaster management plan with great importance. The sustainability and effectiveness of this plan depend on the close and result based working procedure of the relevant organizations, institutions, and people’s participation. The disaster Management Plan will be implemented for 3-5 years.
Standing orders on Disasters (SOD) has clearly been stipulated to take initiative for formulating Disaster Management Action Plan at District, Upazila, Pourashava and City Corporation level incorporating Disaster Risk Reduction and contingency plan. Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief have taken this with serious focusing. The Disaster Management Plan will be developed for a period of 5 years.
It is recommended to prepare disaster management action plan at district, upazila, municipality and city corporation level in Standing Order on Disaster (SOD) including risk reduction and contingency plan. CDMP have taken the matter of disaster management plan seriously. Long lasting and effectiveness of plan depends on profound and result oriented work process and participation of concern organizations, institutes and community. Disaster management plan has been prepared for 3-5 years.