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19 Dec 2014 description

Update on the dengue situation in the Western Pacific Region

Northern Hemisphere

China

12 Dec 2014 description
report Radio Free Asia

A U.N. team returned to a province in northeastern Cambodia on Thursday to resume a search for a group of ethnic Montagnards fleeing persecution in Vietnam after the authorities gave an assurance that they could be eligible for refugee status through a screening process.

The team from the office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHRC) and officials from Cambodia’s Interior Ministry arrived in Ratanakiri province to look for and retrieve the 13 Montagnards, evangelical Protestant hill-tribe people who have been hiding in the jungle for six weeks.

09 Dec 2014 description

New Report Showcases U.S. Global Leadership in Landmine Clearance and Conventional Weapons Destruction

05 Dec 2014 description

Update on the dengue situation in the Western Pacific Region

Northern Hemisphere

China

04 Dec 2014 description
report Radio Free Asia

A team from the United Nations refugee agency traveled to northeast Cambodia Wednesday to meet with 13 ethnic Montagnards seeking asylum in the country after fleeing alleged persecution in Vietnam, according to an agency spokesperson and a member of a local rights group.

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) spokesperson Vivian Tan told RFA’s Khmer Service that staff from the agency had traveled to Ratanakiri province, where most of the Christian Montagnards have been hiding in the jungle for nearly a month “to try and meet the group.”

03 Dec 2014 description

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Babar Baloch – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at the press briefing, on 2 December 2014, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

UNHCR is deeply concerned at reports that Cambodian police are seeking 13 Montagnards with a view to deporting them to Viet Nam. The individuals are reportedly hiding in a border province in Cambodia's north-east after leaving Viet Nam in recent weeks. The group had indicated that they wish to seek asylum in Cambodia.

21 Nov 2014 description

Southeast Asia Study Shows Gaps in Health Care for Trafficking Survivors

Human trafficking may lead to complex and long-term health complications, according to new research unveiled in Viet Nam today.

The study, carried out in the Greater Mekong Sub-Region by IOM and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, highlights the health outcomes and consequences of human trafficking and calls for greater emphasis on the healthcare needs of victims of trafficking.

20 Nov 2014 description
report Human Rights Watch

Extortion, Discrimination, Abuse Await Those Resettled Under Australian Deal

(Sydney) –The Australian government should press Cambodian authorities to implement key reforms to improve treatment of refugees in Cambodia before transferring any refugees from Nauru, Human Rights Watch said today.

14 Nov 2014 description

PHNOM PENH – Sweden granted 28,000,000 Swedish Krona (approx. US$3.8 million) on Friday to support an initiative implemented by the United Nations Development Programme to help Cambodia improve its capacity to respond to climate change impacts on its development.

Ms. Anna Maj Hultgård, Swedish Ambassador, and Ms. Setsuko Yamazaki, Country Director of UNDP in Cambodia, inked the grant agreement formally extending the Cambodia Climate Change Alliance (CCCA) into a second phase, which will run through 2019.

04 Nov 2014 description

BANGKOK, 3 November 2014 (NNT) – The Department of Employment (DOE) says it will need two weeks to complete the registration of 22,000 more migrant workers who could not be registered in time for the October 31 deadline.

01 Nov 2014 description
report Give2Asia

2013 Cambodian Floods

Late September 2013, heavy rains in 20 of Cambodia’s 24 provinces resulted in heavy flooding along the Mekong River and throughout the north and west. In total, the floods killed 188 and displaced 1.7 million people. More than 1,000 schools were completely destroyed, roughly 1,500 miles of roads were washed away, and over 200,000 to 244,000 hectares of rice fields were lost.

31 Oct 2014 description
South East Asia and the Pacific version 1
Technical Annex - version 2

The activities proposed hereafter are still subject to the adoption of the financing decision ECHO/WWD/BUD/2015/01000

AMOUNT: EUR 18 000 000

1. CONTEXT

This HIP covers the response to natural and man-made disasters as well as disaster preparedness, disaster risk reduction and resilience activities in South East Asia and the Pacific.

29 Oct 2014 description
report Maplecroft

A combination of climate change vulnerability and food insecurity is amplifying the risks of conflict and civil unrest in 32 countries, including the emerging markets of Bangladesh, Ethiopia, India, Nigeria and the Philippines, according to the seventh annual Climate Change and Environmental Risk Atlas (CCERA) released by global risk analytics company Maplecroft.

29 Oct 2014 description
report IRIN

PHNOM PENH, 29 October 2014 (IRIN) - As Australia moves ahead with a plan to resettle some 1,000 refugees in Cambodia, its government is trying to change a range of laws so as to give it a freer hand to dismiss future asylum claims.

27 Oct 2014 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Food purchasing power of households decreased 4% in rural areas while in urban areas increased 0.6% month-on-month.

  • Retail price of lowest quality rice in rural and urban areas increased by 2.8% and 0.8% respectively on a month-on-month basis.

  • Wholesale price of mixed rice decreased 3.3% month-on-month and remained stable year-on-year.

  • In September, inflation rate was 3.6%, and overall food prices increased 4.7% year-on-year.

27 Oct 2014 description

Global Highlights

  • During the third quarter of 2014, the global cereal price index decreased by 13% year-on-year, down by 11% compared to the previous quarter.

  • Real prices of maize have fallen by almost a third since last year. They are down 18% from Q2-2014, reaching levels seen in early 2010.

  • Real prices of wheat dropped by 18% from Q2 to Q3-2014, falling to mid-2010 levels.

  • Real prices of rice are up 7% since Q2-2014.

23 Oct 2014 description

General Overview

Natural disaster reports were regularly recorded in the ASEAN Disaster Information Network (ADInet) www.adinet.ahacentre.org

Only significant disasters that satisfy the following criteria will be recorded in ADInet: 1. More than 100 people affected, and 2. Involving more than 1 subdistrict,

21 Oct 2014 description

Update on the dengue situation in the Western Pacific Region

Northern Hemisphere

Japan