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27 Jun 2016 description


  • WFP Special Ambassador for School Feeding, Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand visited Bhutan in May 2016. The visit further strengthened the collaboration – brought about by WFP - of the Royal Government of Bhutan and the Office of Princess’ Projects.

  • WFP Deputy Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific met with the Prime Minister of Bhutan to discuss the progress on the hand-over of the school feeding programme to the Government.

21 Jun 2016 description

Between the civil war and the earthquakes, the situation has worsened

Nepal hosts a majority of refugees from Bhutan and Tibet. In the early 1990s, more than 108,000 refugees from Bhutan – approximately 20% of Bhutan's population arrived in Nepal and started living in camps run by the United Nations’ refugee agency (UNHCR). Currently more than 21,000 refugees are originating from Bhutan, 20,000 from Tibet and approximately 650 refugees and asylum seeker in Kathmandu. UNHCR is the lead humanitarian organization for the refugees in Nepal.

20 Jun 2016 description

Situation Overview

  • A massive fire has occurred in Bajo town under Wangduephodrang Dzongkhag in the early hours of 17 June 2016 around 2 am.

  • The fire has razed 6 structures consisting of five single-storied houses and 1 two storied house. A nearby concrete building was also partially damaged by the fire.

  • Eleven families lost all their belongings to the fire.

  • The fire was contained at 6 am in the morning and relief support to the affected families initiated by the Dzongkhag Administration.

18 Jun 2016 description

Media Statement from WHO South-East Asia Regional Office

The South-East Asia Region of the World Health Organization (WHO), comprising of 11 countries including India, continues to be polio free. No child has been afflicted by wild poliovirus since the last case was reported from West Bengal, India, in January 2011.

17 Jun 2016 description

Over half of the people living in the tiny Himalayan nation of Bhutan depend on agriculture to earn a living. But the small farms and the families that run them are coming under extreme pressure from climate change, with reports of crop damage from new pests and diseases, windstorms, untimely rainfalls and hailstones, in addition to the ongoing challenge of human-wildlife conflict. 

The traditional practice for farmers in Bhutan is to follow the lunar-based calendar for planting and harvesting their crops.

14 Jun 2016 description

GINEBRA, 13 de junio de 2016 (ACNUR) - Debido a la multitud de conflictos y crisis que causan una cantidad record de desplazamientos alrededor del mundo, el reasentamiento ha asumido un papel cada vez más vital en los esfuerzos del ACNUR para encontrar soluciones y abogar por un reparto de responsabilidades más justo para los refugiados, de acuerdo con un informe emitido hoy en una reunión anual en Ginebra.

13 Jun 2016 description

Avec une multitude de conflits et de crises générant des déplacements de populations sans précédent à travers le monde, la réinstallation s’avère essentielle dans les efforts du HCR pour trouver des solutions et plaider pour un partage équitable des responsabilités dans l’aide aux réfugiés, peut-on lire dans un rapport publié aujourd’hui par le HCR.

13 Jun 2016 description

With a multitude of conflicts and crises causing record displacement around the world, resettlement has become an increasingly vital part of UNHCR’s efforts to find solutions and advocate for fairer responsibility-sharing for refugees, a UNHCR report released today at an annual meeting in Geneva says.

09 Jun 2016 description

Why a regional focus model?

A key challenge faced by humanitarian agencies is how to ensure that limited available resources are allocated where they are most needed and are efficiently delivered in a principled manner. Decisions to allocate resources must strike a balance between meeting the immediate needs of crisis affected communities and supporting efforts to strengthen resilience and response preparedness to future emergencies.

07 Jun 2016 description


Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

Having regard to Council Regulation (EC) No 1257/96 of 20 June 1996 concerning humanitarian aid1 , and in particular Article 2, Article 4 and Article 15(2) and (3) thereof,

Having regard to Council Decision 2013/755/EU of 25 November 2013 on the association of the overseas countries and territories with the European Union2 , and in particular Article 79 thereof,

30 May 2016 description

Situation Overview

  • Several low to medium sized disasters have occurred in the country on 23 May 2016.

  • The windstorm on 23 May 2016 completely damaged a roof of a house in Omchegang under Bjena gewog and also the roof of a cowshed under Kazhi gewog, Wangdiphodrang Dzongkhag.

  • Several acres of potato cultivation were also damaged in Gangtey and Kazhi Gewog from a disastrous hailstorm on the same day.

  • The windstorm also damaged the roof of three households at 2.00 pm under Kabesa gewog, Punakha Dzongkhag.

26 May 2016 description

Thimpu – Bhutan has made impressive steps towards establishing a nationally-owned, sustainable school meals programme, a senior official of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said in a meeting on Tuesday with Tshering Tobgay, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Bhutan.

“Giving a child a meal at school is a simple, cost-effective way to improve both education and health. There’s no learning on an empty stomach,” said Parvathy Ramaswami, Deputy Regional Director of WFP in the Asia and the Pacific region.

19 May 2016 description

New Delhi, 19 May 2016 – In a major public health feat, WHO South-East Asia Region has eliminated maternal and neonatal tetanus with all districts across the 11 countries having reduced the cases to less one than per 1 000 live births.

Maternal and neonatal tetanus elimination (MNTE) for the Region became official after a team of experts today successfully validated the remaining four provinces of Indonesia, the last pocket in the Region to achieve the target; after India reached the MNTE goal last year.

15 May 2016 description
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Consensus Statement

The WMO South Asia Climate Outlook Forum (SASCOF) has finalized its consensus outlook for the 2016 Southwest Monsoon season. The outlook suggests that during the 2016 southwest monsoon season (June – September), above-normal rainfall is likely over much of South Asia. Above-normal rainfall is likely over broad areas of central and western parts of South Asia.

14 May 2016 description
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NEW DELHI— South Asian countries will set up a toll-free helpline and online platform to fight human trafficking, which is growing on a massive scale in one of the world's poorest and most populous regions.

While some activists are hopeful this will curb cross-border trafficking, others doubt that it will dent the problem.

Although there is no specific data on the number of women and children trafficked in the region, the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime says South Asia is the second-largest and fastest-growing region for human trafficking.

10 May 2016 description


  • Almost one year after the devastating 25 April earthquake, WFP continues to focus on the food security of vulnerable, earthquake-affected populations while making efforts to strengthen preparedness for future disasters.

  • A three-year relief and recovery project serving these populations is in the targeting stage. Projected requirements of USD 63 million over three years are currently five percent funded.

19 Apr 2016 description
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South Asia - version 1
Technical Annex - version 1

The activities proposed hereafter are still subject to the adoption of the financing decision ECHO/WWD/BUD/2016/01000

AMOUNT: EUR 14 800 000

08 Apr 2016 description

KATHMANDU – The United States has confirmed a US$1 million contribution for the World Food Programme (WFP) to provide food assistance to refugees from Bhutan living in Nepal. The contribution from the United States will help WFP provide basic food such as rice, pulses and vegetable oil for nearly 17,000 refugees.

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has been the largest supporter of WFP’s refugee operation in Nepal and has contributed every year for the past ten years.