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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.

19 Nov 2015 description

KATHMANDU, Nepal, Nov 19 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) on Thursday marked a major milestone: the resettlement of over 100,000 Bhutanese refugees from Nepal to third countries since the launch of the programme in 2007.

Fifty-three-year-old Devi Maya Thapa is the 100,000th refugee to be resettled from Nepal. Together with her husband, children and grandson, she is set to leave in early December for a new life in the US state of Ohio where other family members have already settled.

16 Nov 2015 description

Summary of WFP assistance:

Through the school meals project, WFP aims to support the Royal Government of Bhutan in its policy of improving access to education by providing nutritious meals to school children, particularly those from rural and food-insecure families.

16 Nov 2015 description

Summary of WFP assistance: In response to the devastating April 25 earthquake, WFP Nepal’s emergency operation reached two million people in the first phase of operations. A second phase of food assistance and nutrition support reached 1.1 million people, including those supported through an initial phase of cash for assets, which included light work and debris clearance.

13 Nov 2015 description

Un rapport publié par l’OMS, l’UNICEF, l’UNFPA, le Groupe de la Banque mondiale et la Division de la population des Nations Unies rend compte des progrès accomplis.

Communiqué de presse conjoint

12 NOVEMBRE 2015 ¦ GENÈVE/NEW YORK - Selon un rapport publié aujourd’hui par plusieurs organismes des Nations Unies et par le Groupe de la Banque mondiale, la mortalité maternelle a baissé de 44 % par rapport à 1990.

11 Nov 2015 description
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Maternal deaths fell 44% since 1990 – UN

Report from WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA, World Bank Group and the United Nations Population Division highlights progress

GENEVA/NEW YORK, 12 November 2015 – Maternal mortality has fallen by 44% since 1990, United Nations agencies and the World Bank Group reported today.

02 Nov 2015 description


  • Cereal production in 2015 forecast to increase

  • Cereal imports in 2015/16 marketing year (July/June) forecast to decline

  • Food insecurity persists in rural areas

Cereal production in 2015 forecast to increase

23 Oct 2015 description
report UN Population Fund

This publication is an effort to capture some of the aspects of the work of UNFPA’s partnerships with inter-faith groups and religious leaders.

The extent to which religion often serves as a critical broker of human and even government existence is one of the many changes in the development landscape which is becoming increasingly difficult to ignore, especially for secular development organisations.

19 Oct 2015 description

UN-SPIDER at a glance


15 Oct 2015 description

Thimphu, 13 October, 2015: The need to have a community that is prepared to face disasters is as essential as any government intervention at various levels was the message carried by the International Day for Disaster Reduction in Thimphu as several students, disaster management authorities and humanitarian aid organization gather to observe the day.

This year’s International Day for Disaster Reduction day celebrates how people and communities are reducing their exposure to disasters by using traditional, indigenous and local knowledge.

13 Oct 2015 description

Lima - Finance Ministers of the Vulnerable Twenty (V20), representing close to 700 million people threatened by climate change and spanning world regions, held their inaugural meeting on 8 October 2015 in Lima, Peru. They announced a series of actions to foster greater investment in climate resiliency and low emissions development at home and internationally.

12 Oct 2015 description

KATHMANDU – Most Bhutan refugees in Nepal will receive a 30 per cent smaller food ration from next year as part of an effort by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to stretch limited resources further to ensure full rations can continue for the poorest and most vulnerable.

Refugees affected are being advised of the change and it is being implemented in collaboration with the UN refugee agency UNHCR and the Government of Nepal.

07 Oct 2015 description

To bridge the gap between local and national disaster management systems, the Department of Disaster Management, with support from UNDP Bhutan, started a four-day orientation program for district disaster management officers in the country.

The programme is aimed at establishing a clear understanding of disaster management coordination efforts at the local and national levels. During the course of the orientation programme, the disaster management officers will better understand their roles and responsibilities before, during and after disasters.

05 Oct 2015 description

UNDP Bhutan’s NAPA II project mitigating potential landslide disaster in Rinchending, Phuentsholing to save key institutions, cultural sites and communities.

“I have been having sleepless nights since the last earth quake hit Bhutan as I have 30 girls who stay at the school hostel,” said Tshering Choden, the Principal at Reldri Higher Secondary School talking about the risks of a landslide near the school. “We have explored every possible way to solve this but nothing has worked so far”, added Tshering.

25 Sep 2015 description

The International Organization for Migration (IOM), Mission in Nepal INFO-SHEET

  • Nepal became a member of IOM in November 2006

  • A Cooperation Agreement was signed between Govt. of Nepal and IOM in August 2007

  • IOM Nepal staff strength: 416 National staff, 3 UNV and 16 International staff (August 2015)

11 Sep 2015 description
South Asia - version 8
Technical Annex - version 9


Seventh modification

Due to the heavy floods and landslides end of June in the districts of Chittagong,
Bandarban and Cox’s Bazar in the Southeast of Bangladesh, the humanitarian response takes the needs of natural disaster affected people into consideration. For this reason, an amount of EUR 160 000 had to be shifted from man-made crisis specific objective to natural disasters specific objective.

Sixth Modification

10 Sep 2015 description


New Delhi/Dili, 10 September 2015: The World Health Organization has called for renewed commitments and focused efforts to eliminate neglected tropical diseases - kala azar, leprosy, yaws, lymphatic filariasis and schistosomiasis - which continue to disable, disfigure and kill people in the WHO South-East Asia Region.

01 Sep 2015 description
Dhaka Declaration

More than 2000 participants (from the governments, civil society, NGOs and International organizations) of six countries from South Asia (Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Myanmar and Bhutan) were gathered from May 30th till June 1st 2015 for the first South Asia Right to Food Conference, held in Dhaka, Bangladesh.