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27 Nov 2015 description

The Royal Thai Government will organize the International Conference on Irregular Migration in the Indian Ocean on 4 December 2015 in Bangkok. The Conference seeks to follow up the progress in addressing the problem of irregular migration in the Indian Ocean based on recommendations put forward during the Special Meeting on Irregular Migration in the Indian Ocean held on 29 May 2015 in Bangkok, Thailand, and the subsequent Emergency ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Transnational Crime held on 2 July 2015 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The Conference will be opened by H.E. Mr.

27 Nov 2015 description

It was a bright sunny day at the end of October when Bibi Ayesha rushed her daughter into the emergency room in Teknaf. The girl's blood pressure had fallen but after a quick response from the medical staff, she was soon stable and ready to go back home.

"Diarrhoea or pneumonia, it doesn't matter what the medical emergency is – this is the health care facility that we come first to receive treatment," says 25-year-old mother Ayesha, comforting her daughter. "It is important to receive help when you need it."

27 Nov 2015 description
report IRIN

OXFORD, 27 November 2015 (IRIN) - Passport checks. Visa controls. Border fences. Electronic and drone surveillance. Sanctions on airlines and shipping companies. And the interdiction and redirection of boats at sea. During the past three decades, the world’s more prosperous states have introduced a panoply of measures intended to prevent and deter the arrival of asylum seekers and migrants from other parts of the globe.

27 Nov 2015 description

Dhaka, Bangladesh | AFP | Friday 11/27/2015 - 07:00 GMT

by Sam JAHAN

The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for a deadly attack on worshippers at a Shiite mosque in northern Bangladesh, the US-based monitoring organisation SITE said Friday.

The attackers entered the mosque in Shibganj, some 200 miles (125 kilometres) north of Dhaka, during early evening prayers on Thursday and opened fire on the gathered worshippers before fleeing.

Television footage showed the heavily guarded Shiite mosque with broken windows and blood stains on the floor.

26 Nov 2015 description

Idomeni, Greece | AFP | Thursday 11/26/2015 - 15:45 GMT

Over 200 migrants on Thursday tried to break through barbed wire fences on Greece's border with Macedonia, throwing stones at police, AFP reporters said.

At least five of the migrants managed to get across in the assault as the crowd shouted "Open the border" to the Macedonia police ranged across them.

All five were returned to the Greek side by Macedonian police.

26 Nov 2015 description
South East Asia and the Pacific
Technical Annex - version 4

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26 Nov 2015 description

Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Ravina Shamdasani
Location: Geneva
Date: 24 November 2015

(1) Nepal

We are alarmed by reports that at least four people have been killed and many injured, from both sides, in violent clashes over the weekend during protests in the Terai area of southern Nepal. The latest killings bring to at least 50 the death toll since protests against the new Constitution began in August this year.

24 Nov 2015 description

On Friday last week, UNHCR, together with our partners IOM and Unicef, expressed our shared concern at the risks associated with a series of new and uncoordinated restrictions imposed on several borders in the Balkans in use by refugees and migrants. The negative consequences of these actions are already becoming clear as people become backed up in countries along the route and without proper solution to their situations. A new humanitarian situation is developing in Europe that needs urgent attention.

24 Nov 2015 description
report World Bank

Dhaka Needs Climate-Smart Policies and Investments to Scale Up Its Resilience to Floods in A Changing Climate

Dhaka-23 November 2015: Greater Dhaka needs climate-smart policies and higher investment to improve its resilience to intense rainfall and to prepare for climate change, says a new World Bank book ‘Urban Flooding of Greater Dhaka in a Changing Climate: Building Local Resilience to Disaster Risk’ and a new report ‘Climate and Disaster Resilience of Greater Dhaka Area: A Micro Level Analysis’, launched today.

23 Nov 2015 description

Chronic conflicts, droughts, earthquakes, floods, seasonal storms, and severe winter weather, compounded by limited government response capacity in some countries, present significant challenges to vulnerable populations in South Asia. Between FY 2006 and FY 2015, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) and USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (USAID/FFP) provided humanitarian assistance in response to a diverse range of natural and man-made disasters in the region.

23 Nov 2015 description

With multiplying impacts of climate change - increasing floods, cyclones, and drought - thousands of climate refugees are migrating to Dhaka. And the city, well beyond its carrying capacity, is bursting at the seams.

The word most often associated with Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, is perhaps, "overpopulated." Supporting more than 14 million people on less than 325 square kilometers (125 square miles) of land, the city's drainage, waste management and transportation infrastructure is on the brink of collapse.

23 Nov 2015 description


23 November 2015, GENEVA – A new report issued today by the UN, “The Human Cost of Weather Related Disasters”, shows that over the last twenty years, 90% of major disasters have been caused by 6,457 recorded floods, storms, heatwaves, droughts and other weather-related events.

The five countries hit by the highest number of disasters are the United States (472), China (441), India (288), Philippines (274), and Indonesia, (163).

21 Nov 2015 description

New border control rules implemented almost simultaneously by the governments of Macedonia, Serbia and Croatia over the past 48 hours have resulted in large-scale renewed human rights violations, including collective expulsions and discrimination against individuals perceived to be economic migrants or refugees on the basis of their nationality, Amnesty International said today.

20 Nov 2015 description

This Preliminary Final Report informs a final reporting extension for two months – the Final Report will be available by 31 January 2016. The reporting extension is to accommodate the Lessons Learned Workshop (LLW) findings which is scheduled to be completed by end-December 2015. The LLW findings will be included in the Final Report. Upon clearing the expenses for LLW, the remaining unspent balance will be returned to DREF pot.


19 Nov 2015 description
report ActionAid

The world expects a new global climate agreement to be agreed at COP21 in Paris this year. If this new deal is to help developing countries to cope with and adapt to the impacts of climate change, it must ensure that richer countries provide the necessary financial support to meet these challenges. Without such an agreement, there is a serious risk that the world’s inaction on climate will worsen the inequalities that are already distorting our economies and creating dangerous divisions in our societies.

19 Nov 2015 description

UNICEF: Without toilets, childhood is even riskier due to malnutrition

NEW YORK, 19 November 2015– Lack of access to toilets is endangering millions of the world’s poorest children, UNICEF said today, pointing to emerging evidence of links between inadequate sanitation and malnutrition.

17 Nov 2015 description

Newborns are perhaps the most vulnerable population the world over. Preterm or babies born too early, less than 37 weeks gestation, are particularly at risk. Currently, prematurity is the leading cause of death among children under five around the world, and a leading cause of disability and ill health later in life. Sub-Saharan Africa and south Asia account for over 60 percent of preterm births worldwide. Of the fifteen million babies born too early each year, more than one million die due to complications related to preterm birth.