In June 2016, India launched its first National Disaster Management Plan (NDMP) with the aim of improving the country's resilience to disasters and reducing the loss of lives and assets. Hailed as one of the first national level plans which is aligned to the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR), India's NDMP not only adheres to the spirit of SFDRR, it also entails provisions to help India reach the goals set in SFDRR.
Since 2009, Oxfam and others have been raising the alarm about a great global land rush. Millions of hectares of land have been acquired by investors to meet rising demand for food and biofuels, or for speculation. This often happens at the expense of those who need the land most and are best placed to protect it: farmers, pastoralists, forest-dependent people, fisherfolk, and indigenous peoples.
Access Campaign: As UN General Assembly starts, MSF urges governments to set medical research policies that align with people’s health needs
New MSF report exposes pharma industry failings and highlights new ways of researching and developing medicines that address public health needs
Background to the project The aim of this paper is to start a conversation about how we can answer the question: What is a rights-based alternative to the current model of third country processing in Nauru and Papua New Guinea?
The Commission has endeavoured to identify options for responding to flight by sea which are consistent with Australia’s international human rights obligations.
405 Global leprosy update, 2015: time for action, accountability and inclusion
405 Situation de la lèpre dans le monde, 2015: l’heure est à l’action, à la responsabilisation et à l’inclusion
In the first half of 2016, mixed maritime movements of refugees and migrants through South-East Asia were limited to isolated attempts by several hundred people trying to reach Malaysia and Australia, fewer than during the first six months of any year since 2011. By comparison, over 31,000 people were estimated to have attempted such movements in the first half of 2015.
397 Fractional-dose inactivated poliovirus vaccination campaign, Telangana state, India, June 2016 403 Monthly report on dracunculiasis cases, January– May 2016
397 Campagne de vaccination par une dose fractionnée de poliovirus inactivé, État du Telangana (Inde), juin 2016 403 Rapport mensuel des cas de dracunculose, janvier-mai 2016
Eugenia E. Lee
Yuanting A. Zha
Thomas A. Groen
Frederick M. Burkle Jr.
Adam L. Kushner
Background: Climate extremes will increase the frequency and severity of natural disasters worldwide. Climate-related natural disasters were anticipated to affect 375 million people in 2015, more than 50% greater than the yearly average in the previous decade. To inform surgical assistance preparedness, we estimated the number of surgical procedures needed.
There is agreement in the scientific community that the global food system will experience unprecedented pressure in the coming decades – demographic changes, urban growth, environmental degradation, increasing disaster risk, food price volatility, and climate change will all affect food security patterns.
En renforçant la résilience face aux extrêmes climatiques et aux catastrophes, nous contribuerons au succès des efforts déployés mondialement pour éliminer l’extrême pauvreté.
Pour atteindre et maintenir un niveau zéro d’extrême pauvreté, le premier des Objectifs de développement durable (ODD), un effort collectif est requis afin de gérer les risques liés aux extrêmes climatiques actuels et aux projections concernant le changement climatique.
The global climate is warming and there is growing evidence that climate variability is increasing in many places; extremes are becoming more frequent and intense in some parts of the world.
Three detailed case studies – on drought risk in Mali, heatwaves in India and typhoons in Philippines – illustrate the relationship between climate change, climate extremes, disasters and poverty impacts.
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Alert 2016! Report on conflicts, human rights and peacebuilding is a yearbook providing an analysis of the state of the world in terms of conflict and peacebuilding from four perspectives: armed conflicts, socio-political crises, peace processes and gender, peace and security.
341 Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety, 15–16 June 2016
341 Comité consultatif mondial de la sécurité des vaccins, 15–16 juin 2016
India has suffered from many disasters in its recent history, both natural and climate-related, and these continue to cause devastation. In November 2015, floods in the southern city of Chennai, Tamil Nadu, killed over 370 people and damaged crops worth US$190 m. And in May 2016, at the time of writing this report, record temperatures of 51°C hit Phalodi, Rajasthan, during a heat wave that affected much of northern India.
Global Overview – Trends and Outlook
One of the highest challenge to implementation of SFDRR in Asia is drought. Drought continues to impact on lives and livelihoods.
India was reeling under an intense drought situation a month ago which has affected close to 330 million people from 10 states. Bad monsoons and weak policies around water security have further compounded the problem and precipitated a crisis. Rising temperatures and acute water shortages are adversely affecting human health as well as the economy which is primarily reliant on agriculture.
Over the long term, pressures on food and nutrition security in Asia and the Pacific are likely to intensify due to changing demographic and consumption patterns.
The Asia and the Pacific is one of the world’s most dynamic regions, where rapid transformations make it necessary to rethink strategies for food and nutrition security.
This issue of Southasiadisasters.net on “Building Resilience for All: Lessons from Assam” brings out the initiatives that are currently ongoing in the State of Assam for building a ‘safer and disaster resilient State’. The Government of Assam is committed to create a more disaster resilient and safer Assam, and in this perspective a road map is being devised which also encourages a wide range of organizations to unite together for the development of Assam.