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Bhutan continues to face the risk of glacial lake flooding

by Yusuke Taishi, Regional Technical Specialist

In Bhutan, about 5,000 meters above sea level, meltwater trickles down from glaciers to form some of the greatest rivers in the world and provide freshwater and energy to nearly 1.3 billion people throughout the Himalayas.

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Violence against Women and Girls: Lessons from South Asia

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A new report documents the dynamics of violence against women across the life cycle, and analyzes the societal factors that drive perpetrators to commit such acts in the region.

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South Asia to get new drought monitoring tool


The tool, which will incorporate satellite photos, meteorological data, details of ground moisture measurements and crop-yield data, should be available for use by next April.


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Improving Children’s Lives, Transforming the Future – 25 years of child rights in South Asia

New York, 11 September 2014 – According to a new UNICEF report released today there has been progress in the health and well-being of children in South Asia over the last 25 years, but glaring inequalities remain.

"More than 2 million children in South Asia die from preventable causes before their fifth birthday ever year and more than 35 percent of the region's children have chronic malnutrition,” said Karin Hulshof, Regional Director for UNICEF in South Asia.

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Health Ministers commit to eliminating kala-azar


09 September 2014, Dhaka: Health Ministers from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal and Thailand today signed a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate in the elimination of Visceral Leishmaniasis (kala-azar) from their countries . Over 147 million people in the South-East Asia Region are at risk of contracting this life-threatening disease, mainly in Bangladesh, India and Nepal, with recent, sporadic cases being reported from Bhutan and Thailand as well.

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Hidden in Plain Sight: a statistical analysis of violence against children

Over the last decade, recognition of the pervasive nature and impact of violence against children has grown. Still, the phenomenon remains largely undocumented and underreported.

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UNHCR/WFP Joint Assessment Mission Report: Assistance to the Refugees from Bhutan in Nepal (June 24 – July 11 2014)

The JAM was conducted from June 25 to June 27 2014. It has used the same methodology as the 2012 JAM and consisted in primary data collection and secondary data review. UNHCR and WFP prepared a comprehensive information package including key reference documents; secondary data; and other relevant background material.

Questionnaires were prepared and reviewed prior to the departure to the field and were addressed to Refugee Coordination Unit (RCU) officials, Camp Management Committee (CMC), and partners, as well as to refugees and residents from the host community.

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Assessing the Costs of Climate Change and Adaptation in South Asia


With a population of 1.43 billion people, one-third of whom live in poverty, the South Asia developing members of ADB face the challenge of achieving and sustaining rapid economic growth to reduce poverty and attain other Millennium Development Goals in an era of accentuated risks posed by global climate change. Economic losses in key sectors, such as agriculture, energy, transport, health, water, coastal and marine, and tourism, are expected to be significant, rendering growth targets harder to achieve.


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GIEWS Country Brief: Bhutan 07-August-2014


  • Prospects for the 2014 cereal crops are favourable

  • Below-average cereal imports forecast in the 2014/15 (July/June) marketing year

  • Food insecurity persists in certain districts

Prospects for the 2014 cereal crops are favourable

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Nepal: Facts and figures between January and June 2014

A round-up of activities carried out by the ICRC in Nepal between January and June 2014.

Helping families of missing persons

Helping the families of people missing in connection with the conflict remains a priority. The ICRC intercedes with various bodies on behalf of families seeking information on the fate of missing relatives. In cooperation with the Nepal Red Cross Society and other organizations, the ICRC provides psychosocial, economic and legal assistance to the families of missing persons.

In January-June 2014, the ICRC:

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Nepal supports 500 urban refugees


Nepal is supporting 500 urban refugees, including nearly 200 Pakistani nationals, a UN body has said.

The country has also been successful in the resettlement of over 90,000 Bhutanese refugees over the past six years at the initiative of United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNCHR).

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Asia Pacific Food Price and Policy Monitor, May 2014 - Issue 10


  • Food price inflation in the region continued to ease in April, rising at a pace of 3.2 percent compared to 4.5 percent in March as price rises slowed in China, Indonesia and Sri Lanka.

  • General inflation in the region fell to 5.1 percent, the fifth straight month inflation eased as moderate rises in food prices helped curb general inflation.

  • FAO is predicting global cereal production will plunge by 2.4 percent in 2014 from the record output in 2013 mainly because of decreases in wheat and coarse grains output.

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The Refugee Health and Wellbeing Project: Changes in knowledge, attitude and practice of participants in the health and wellbeing programme, November 2013


New Zealand Red Cross Refugee Services is urging New Zealand’s health agencies to plan, advocate for and address the health needs of former refugees.

To mark World Refugee Day New Zealand Red Cross has released two reports on the health and wellbeing of former refugees and on refugee youth experiences. Both will be launched at an event at Parliament tomorrow, Thursday, 19 June.

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GIEWS Country Brief: Bhutan 30-May-2014


  • Prospects for the 2014 cereal crops are favorable
  • Below average cereal imports in the 2013/14 marketing year (July/June)
  • Food insecurity persists in certain districts
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90,000 refugees from Bhutan resettled

A major landmark was reached today when the 90,000th refugee from Bhutan departed from Nepal on resettlement. Eleven-year-old Suman Tamang left Kathmandu for Toronto, Canada, accompanied by his parents and younger brother. When they arrive in Toronto on Wednesday they will meet Suman’s aunt and cousin who were resettled three years ago.

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UN-SPIDER April 2014 Updates

In this issue:
UN-SPIDER at a glance
- Call for Experts: UN-SPIDER Technical Advisory Mission to Mongolia
- UN-SPIDER and LAPAN successfully organise ASEAN workshop
- El Salvador: UN-SPIDER conducts Technical Advisory Mission
- Chile Earthquake: UN-SPIDER compiles data
- UN-SPIDER participates in ISDR Asia Platform
- UN-SPIDER participates in training for International Charter Space and Major Disasters
- UN-SPIDER to conduct Technical Advisory Mission to Bhutan