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Myanmar + 4 others
Business Leaders and Health Experts Gather in Yangon for First Regional Meeting on Corporate Sector Engagement in Malaria Control in the Asia-Pacific

(29 September, Yangon, Myanmar) More than 100 leaders from the health, development and corporate sectors have gathered in Yangon to participate in the seminal regional forum on Opportunities for Corporate Sector Engagement in Malaria Control in the Asia-Pacific. In advance of the 2015 enactment of the ASEAN Free Trade Agreement and broader ASEAN economic integration, this one-day meeting seeks to identify tangible opportunities for strengthened public-private partnerships to support regional malaria control strategies and drive progress toward country-specific development targets.

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Indonesia + 2 others
Earthquake modelling to create safer communities in southeast Asia

Participants from around southeast Asia are meeting in Canberra to be trained in state of the art earthquake modelling techniques to better understand the potential impacts on their communities.

Representatives from Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines and Singapore will spend two weeks in a capacity building exercise at Geoscience Australia working with software - called OpenQuake - designed to create earthquake models and scenarios of real events.

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NTT experiences water shortages

Report
Jakarta Post

The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Archipelago | Sun, September 21 2014, 11:38 PM

Around 1,870 villages in East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) province are currently facing water shortages amid the peak of the dry season.

The NTT Disaster Management Agency (BPBD) said that up to 39,879 people were affected by the drought, and due to the continued scarcity of water, affected villagers were being forced to buy water at higher prices from neighboring villages.

Water prices can reach up to between Rp 200,000 (US$16.68) and Rp 300,000 for a 5,000-liter water tank.

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World + 9 others
Bring “Mediterranean mass murderers” to justice – UN Human Rights Chief

GENEVA (19 September 2014) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Friday urged Egypt and other North African and European States with relevant information to make a concerted effort to bring to justice the people smugglers who allegedly deliberately sank a boat causing the deaths of between 300 and 500 refugees and migrants in the Mediterranean last week.

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Australia + 3 others
Immigration Minister Scott Morrison confirms 12 asylum seeker boats turned back since start of Operation Sovereign Borders

By political correspondent Emma Griffiths

The Federal Government has revealed that 12 asylum seeker boats have been turned back at sea since the Government's border protection policy was implemented.

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has used the first anniversary of the launch of Operation Sovereign Borders to make public the details of "on-water" operations that have until now largely been kept secret.

Australian Broadcasting Corporation:

© ABC

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Institutionalizing Post-Disaster Recovery: Learning from Mentawai Tsunami and Merapi Eruption - Recovery Framework Case Study

This report describes the current status of the Recovery Framework in Indonesia along with the lessons learned from the country’s most recent experiences in post-disaster recovery. It is one of the thematic case studies commissioned for the purpose of contributing toward the development of an international Disaster Recovery Framework (DRF) Guide as recommended by the World Reconstruction Conference in 2011.

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Pakistan + 11 others
The 2014 Rainfall Season: South and East Asia

Highlights

• The dominant feature of the 2014 season across East Asia so far has been widespread rainfall deficits that led to delayed starts of the growing season across vast areas of the continent.

• Conditions were worst around mid July, followed by a general improvement, which still left moderate rainfall deficits as the predominant pattern. SE Pakistan has been the worst affected area, in particular for livelihoods dependent on rainfed agriculture and pastoral resources.

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World + 9 others
Cómo desarrollar programas eficaces de recuperación tras desastres: Lecciones de países vulnerables

Report
World Bank

TITULARES DE ARTÍCULOS

  • Una mejor reconstrucción después de un desastre natural tiene relación con la calidad de las nuevas estructuras y también con la participación de las comunidades, especialmente los pobres y vulnerables.

  • Formular planes de restauración antes de que ocurra una catástrofe puede ayudar a las personas y las comunidades a recuperarse más rápido y proteger los avances en materia de desarrollo.

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World + 9 others
Comment mettre au point des programmes de reconstruction efficaces après une catastrophe ? En s’inspirant de l’expérience d’autres pays vulnérables

Report
World Bank

LES POINTS MARQUANTS

  • Après une catastrophe, l’enjeu est de construire mieux, ce qui signifie bâtir des structures plus solides mais aussi faire participer les collectivités concernées, en particulier les populations pauvres et vulnérables.

  • La mise en place de plans d’action avant qu’une catastrophe ne survienne permet aux populations et aux collectivités de rebondir ensuite plus rapidement et de préserver les progrès accomplis sur le plan du développement.

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India + 6 others
Asia and the Pacific: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (9 - 15 September 2014)

About 8,000 people have been displaced by the storm in the Philippines; the Government is leading the response, including the distribution of food and non-food items to the affected people.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Prolonged drought could destroy Cirebon’s rice fields

Report
Jakarta Post

Nana Rukmana, The Jakarta Post, Cirebon | Archipelago | Mon, September 15 2014, 10:20 AM

Thousands of hectares (ha) of rice fields in Cirebon regency, West Java, are at risk of crop failure due to drought.

Cirebon regency’s Agriculture, Livestock and Plantation Office head Ali Effendi said on Thursday that the droughts had the potential to affect 17,000 ha of around 85,000 ha of rice fields.

They are located in the 12 districts of Kapetakan, Suranenggala, Gunungjati, Panguragan, Gegesik, Pangenan, Losari, Pabedilan, Astanajapura, Gebang, Mundu and Kaliwedi.

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World + 24 others
Ten years after 2004 Tsunami, successful exercise demonstrates the efficiency of Indian Ocean Warning System

The Tsunami Warning System established under the auspices of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO in the Indian Ocean following the December 2004 disaster is functioning effectively. This was demonstrated in a simulation exercise conducted on 9 and 10 September 2014, with the participation of 24 countries of the Indian Ocean Rim*.

According to the preliminary results of the simulated alert, all of the participating countries received timely tsunami advisory messages, and no delays were reported.

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Philippines + 13 others
Asia-Pacific Humanitarian Bulletin January - June 2014

The first six months of 2014 saw the most intense and highest number of storms in Asia and the Pacific compared to the same period over the last five years. Over 31 million people were affected by 58 natural disasters.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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GIEWS Country Brief: Indonesia 10-September-2014

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • The 2014 aggregate rice production forecast slightly below last year’s record level

  • Cereal imports expected to increase in the 2014/15 marketing year (April/March)

  • Rice prices at record levels in August

  • Overall food security situation satisfactory but localized food insecurity persists

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World + 2 others
Why gender disaster data matters: ‘In some villages, all the dead were women’

Report
Guardian

Data on the 2004 tsunami found that women were more affected than men. It’s time to recognise gender in disaster response

Philippa Ross in Suva

Disasters triggered by climate change are not blind to gender and age. They affect men and women, the old and the young, very differently. Sex and age are some of the most powerful indicators of how individuals will experience a disaster: who survives and who dies. Despite this, we have worryingly little data on the issue.

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Clean Water, a New Hope for Mangu Villagers

Report
World Vision

Ningsih, 12, smiles widely. The shy girl from Mangu village, Baiya sub-district, North Palu, no longer hesitates. Now, she can take a bath twice a day with clean water drenching in her skin, just like another child. Every day, after going back home from school, she always helps her family to carry water from clean water tank using plastic bottles to her home's water container. Ningsih fills the container with the carried water until it is totally filled.

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World + 21 others
Indian Ocean-wide tsunami exercise to test readiness ten years after the 2004 disaster

Ten years after the strongest tsunami in living memory, 24 countries participate in an exercise to assess the effectiveness of communication flows between stakeholders, country readiness and the efficiency of emergency procedures.

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World + 55 others
Ending Violence Against Children: Six Strategies for Action

The Goal

This report has a simple and urgent goal: to connect decision-makers and relevant actors with strategies that prevent and respond to violence in the lives of children.

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World + 10 others
Ocean stewardship critical to protecting ecosystems, safeguarding world’s food supply, delegates say at conference on Small Island Developing States

DEV/3111

Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States
5th & 6th Plenary Meetings (AM & PM)

APIA, 3 September — Proper management of the world’s vast oceans — the lifeline of the planet — and its rich marine life was vital to end degradation of ecosystems, stem biodiversity loss and ensure the world’s food supply, delegates warned as the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States continued today.