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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

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Dengue and malaria impacting socioeconomic growth: WHO

SEAR/PR 1570

3 April, New Delhi: While countries in South-East Asia have made substantial economic progress, diseases such as dengue and malaria fuel a vicious cycle of poverty and have a significant impact on socioeconomic status of communities. These diseases are still killing thousands of people in the WHO South-East Asia Region. On World Health Day – 7 April – the World Health Organization is urging countries to prevent and control vector-borne diseases including chikungunya, dengue, kala-azar, lymphatic filariasis and malaria, among others.

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Tuberculosis control in the South-East Asia Region, Annual Report 2014

World TB Day: 24 March 2014

New Delhi: Of the approximately 3 million people who get sick with TB every year in the WHO South-East Asia Region, a third do not get the TB services. On World TB Day, WHO is urging countries to find, treat and cure the “missing” 1 million who do not get TB services, in order to accelerate progress towards zero TB deaths, infections, suffering and stigma.

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Climate change threatening small island countries and posing a danger to food security in landlocked states

Mongolia Ministry of Industry and Agriculture convenes high-level forum to discuss remedial action – 10 Government Ministers attend

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, 12 Mar 2014 -- While the environments of small islands in the Pacific and landlocked countries with no access to the sea may seem polar opposites, they share common problems that need collaborative efforts to address and resolve if food security is to be guaranteed for future generations, a specially convened meeting in the Mongolian capital has heard.

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ECHO Factsheet – Nepal, March 2014

Key messages

  • There must be continued support to vulnerable communities to prepare for and reduce the impact of natural disasters in order to reinforce their resilience capacities.

  • The health emergency response capacities in the capital city, Kathmandu, must be strengthened to cope with the risk of a major earthquake.

  • Food assistance to the refugees from Bhutan living in Nepal should be continued.

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GIEWS Country Brief: Bhutan 28-January-2014


  • Record cereal harvest estimated for 2013

  • Food inflation remains high

  • Food insecurity persists in certain districts

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ECHO Visits Bhutanese Refugee Camps In Eastern Nepal

DAMAK - "The overall impression is one of satisfaction. The services are being delivered to the people who need them in a very proper way," said Simon Horner, ECHO Adviser for Operational Coordination with Field Network.

During a two-day mission, the delegates from ECHO met with refugee families, refugee leaders, representatives from various UN agencies and local government authorities to talk about the activities and the current challenges in the camps.