By Rosangela Berman-Bieler
“We mark this year’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities in the wake of the adoption of the ambitious 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This global blueprint for action summons us to “leave no one behind”. _Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon_
Laxmi Prasanna | TNN | Dec 2, 2016, 07.33 PM IST
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: As cyclone Nada weakens after depression over southwest Bay of Bengal and crossed Nagapattinam into a well-marked low pressure area, it has moved westwards and is set to bring in isolated heavy rains in parts of Kerala till Dec 4. Though weathermen and disaster management officials expected that cyclone Nada's effect would bring in much more heavy rains as a relief for drought hit Kerala, but the rains may not be as expected after the cyclone has weakened.
TNN | Updated: Dec 2, 2016, 07.34 AM IST
The various aspects highlighted in this issue of Southasiadisasters.net on the theme of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR)' serve to describe how India has a long-standing tradition of corporate philanthropy, by explaining the CSR tradition in the country and different examples in which it has been applied. The clause 135 of the Companies Act 2012 describes the areas in which CSR projects are developed, however the guidelines do not mention directly the need for investing in DRR.
Global Overview NOVEMBER 2016
- Tropical Cyclone NADA (previously named "FOUR") continued moving north-west over the southern Bay of Bengal, towards the southern states of India, as a Tropical Storm. On 1 December at 0.00 UTC its centre was located approx. 220 km east of Nagapattinam district (Tamil Nadu state, India) and 150 km north-east of Mullaitivu district (Northern province, Sri Lanka) and had max. sustained wind speed of 74 km/h (Tropical Storm).
- Over the next 24 h, it is forecast to continue moving west-northwest, over the Bay of Bengal, slightly weakening.
A new Tropical Cyclone named "FOUR" (locally named "NADA") formed over the southern Bay of Bengal, approximately 520 km east of Sri Lanka, on 29 November. It moved north-west over the Bay of Bengal, towards the south-eastern coasts of India, strengthening.
On 30 November at 0.00 UTC, its centre was located approximately 710 km south-east of the eastern coasts of Tamil Nadu state (India) and had maximum sustained wind speed of 74 km/h (Tropical Storm).
The cyclonic storm “Nada” over southwest Bay of Bengal moved west-northwestwards during past six hours with a speed of about 17 kmph and lay centred at 2030 hrs IST of today, the 30th November, 2016 near Latitude 10.0ºN and Longitude 83.5ºE over southwest Bay of Bengal, about 490 km southeast of Chennai, 460 km east-southeast of Puducherry and 290 km northeast of Trincomalee (Srilanka). The system is very likely to move westnorthwestward and cross north Tamil Nadu coast between Vedaranniyam and Puducherry, close to Cuddalore by early hours of 2 nd December.
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Until the government delivers promised irrigation to saffron fields, falling yields will not improve, spice growers warn
By Athar Parvaiz
PULWAMA, India, Nov 29 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Farmers say a multi-million dollar plan, launched in 2010 to revive saffron cultivation in Indian-administered Kashmir by helping counter erratic rainfall, has yet to ensure the most basic requirement for their crop: irrigation.
By Julie Mariappan | TNN
CHENNAI: The combined storage in the four reservoirs supplying water to the city is expected to last just 25 days and a serious crisis is staring the city.
CONSEIL DE SÉCURITÉ
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Sous la présidence du Ministre des affaires étrangères du Sénégal, et en présence du Secrétaire général de l’ONU, le Conseil de sécurité a organisé aujourd’hui un débat public, dans la suite de celui du 26 avril dernier, sur le thème « Eau et paix et sécurité », alors que l’amenuisement des ressources hydriques exacerbe les tensions à l’heure du changement climatique et de l’expansion démographique. Les spécialistes préviennent que l’accès inégal à l’eau sera la principale cause des conflits de demain.
New Delhi, 25 November 2016 – In a move to guarantee access to high-quality medical products that can protect, diagnose and treat illness and disease in the WHO South-East Asia Region Member countries today launched a path-breaking initiative that will enhance information sharing, collaboration and convergence of regulatory practices across the Region.
The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:
The Secretary-General is deeply concerned about the deterioration of the situation along the Line of Control in Kashmir in recent days. He calls on all involved to prioritize the restoration of calm and stability in order to prevent any further escalation and loss of life.
Les inégalités entre les femmes et les hommes sont à la fois la cause et la conséquence des violences faites aux femmes et aux filles. Forte de ce constat, Oxfam lance aujourd’hui une campagne internationale : **« Ça suffit ! Ensemble, mettons fin aux violences faites aux femmes et aux filles »**. Il s’agit d’en finir avec l’une des violations des droits humains les plus répandues dans le monde.
This policy brief shows that risk transfer through disaster insurance requires a flexible national framework to allow for tailored solutions at the local level. The document calls for the countries and their humanitarian and development partners to urgently ensure that governments can provide disaster insurance. A future dialogue for authorities to be informed and inform national and regional plans should feature in the Asia Regional Implementation Plans, AMCDRR declaration, and disaster management plans and policies, and collect better data to monitor progress.
By Stella Paul
KULGAM, Kashmir, India, Nov 23 2016 (IPS) - In the fading light of a November afternoon, 12-year-old Mariya Sareer bends over a textbook, trying to read as much as she can before it gets dark. It’s been nearly five months since the seventh grader from Shurat, a village 70 kms south of Srinagar city, last went to school, thanks to a raging political conflict.
23 November 2016, LONDON – The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) welcomes a move by The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) to add the threats posed by natural and human-induced hazards to its widely-respected country analyses.
The EIU is the world’s leading provider of country intelligence, with its timely, reliable and impartial research offering governments, institutions and businesses the evidence base that they need to set strategy and make critical decisions.
Gender inequality is both the cause and the consequence of violence against women and girls, said Oxfam today, as the agency launches a new global campaign called “Enough: Together We Can End Violence Against Women and Girls” to stop one of the most prolific human rights violations.
A third of women will experience violence at some point in their life. Violence against women and girls knows no boundaries of geography or culture – it is a global crisis. However, marginalized women, including poor women and girls, are the most vulnerable to violence.