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28 Mar 2015 description

Update on the dengue situation in the Western Pacific Region

Northern Hemisphere


As of March 24, there were 41 cases of dengue reported in China for 2015 (19 cases in January and 22 cases in February). Compared with the same period of the previous three years (2012 to 2014), the number of dengue cases reported in China for the months of January and February 2015 has increased (Figure 1).


27 Mar 2015 description
report The New York Times

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — An international judge at a war crimes court in Cambodia charged another former Khmer Rouge member with crimes against humanity on Friday.

The charges against the former member, Ao An, or Ta An, cover allegations of “extermination, persecution on political and religious grounds, and other inhumane acts” at detention centers under Pol Pot’s bloody rule in the 1970s.

Read the full story here

27 Mar 2015 description
report World Vision

Jumping over a rope in the shade of her schoolyard’s gangly trees, Sreykeo enjoys playing with her friends before explaining they used to have to wade through potentially dangerous water on the way to school.

“I had to hitch up my skirt and the boys had to roll up their trousers to walk through the water,” the 10-year-old says, before running to the corner of the yard with her friends and a bucket to wash her hands and face with water from the school’s new pump.

26 Mar 2015 description

Welcome to the first trend report for ACLED Asia. In these periodic publications, the ACLED Asia team will discuss and analyze the real-time conflict event trends that are occurring throughout South and South-East Asia. ACLED Asia will release real-time data for eleven states with various conflict profiles. These states include India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam,
Thailand and Myanmar. See Figure 1. Data for January and February 2015 are now available from the CEPSA website and the ACLED website.

26 Mar 2015 description

Sydney, Australia | | Thursday 3/26/2015 - 02:16 GMT

Australia and Cambodia on Thursday sealed a second deal on immigration cooperation, vowing to tackle the "growing security threat" of asylum-seeker smuggling just months after agreeing to transfer refugees to the Southeast Asian nation.

The new memorandum of understanding will see the two nations exchange information on people-smuggling activities, building on September's deal to transfer refugees held by Australia on the remote Pacific island of Nauru to Cambodia.

25 Mar 2015 description
report European Union

PHNOM PENH, 12 March 2015: Minister of Environment, H.E. Say Samal, who is also the Chair of the National Climate Change Committee, presided over the official launch ceremony for the Cambodia Climate Change Alliance (CCCA) Phase II. A total of 12.3 Million US$ have been allocated to the programme from the European Union (EU), Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to support the implementation of the Cambodia Climate Change Strategic Plan 2014-2023 for the period from July 2014 to June 2019.

23 Mar 2015 description
report Salesian Missions

(MissionNewswire) Every year since 1993, the international community celebrates World Water Day on March 22, focusing attention on the importance of safe, clean water while advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. The day also serves as a reminder of the global population who suffer from water related issues and a call to action to prepare for management of water in the future.

22 Mar 2015 description
report Radio Free Asia

Local officials in Cambodia's northwestern Battambang province have refused to instruct the country's demining agency to remove land mines from villages that voted for the political opposition, opposition and rights activists say.

Repeated requests to local authorities to direct the Cambodian Mine Action Centre (CMAC) to send demining teams to the Bovel district of Klaing Meas commune have gone unanswered, said opposition party official Koery Sina on Thursday.

17 Mar 2015 description


Migration has been and always will be a fact of life; we have to ensure that it is also a safe process that does not negatively impact the health of migrants and host communities. Population mobility influences, guides and supports economic and social development, social stability, and the greater integration of global processes in countries of origin, transit, destination and return. The healthier migrants are, the more efficient and balanced the future of our integrated and globalized world will be.

13 Mar 2015 description

Northern Hemisphere

China (No Update)

The cumulative number of reported dengue cases in 2014 was 47,331. This is about ten times and eighty times higher compared with the number in 2013 and 2012 respectively due to the dengue outbreak in Guangdong in end of 2014. In January 2015, 19 dengue cases were reported. This number is one-tenth of the previous month (December 2015), and almost the same as the same period in 2013 and 2012


13 Mar 2015 description

Cambodia’s efforts to tackle threats of climate change received a new boost with additional financial support from the European Union, Sweden and United Nations Development Programme on Thursday.

The EU is committing over 50 percent of the combined financial contribution for the second phase of Cambodia Climate Change Alliance (CCCA) programme until 2019.

“The second phase is very much focused on implementation of the strategies and plans that were put together during the first phase,” H. E. Say Samal, Minister of Environment, said at the signing ceremony on Thursday.

09 Mar 2015 description

Posted by Samuel Perez

There’s an expression we use in the military, to “clean up your brass.” At a gun range, it means to pick up your shell casings after firing your weapon. To me, it also means to step up and take responsibility for your actions. While this year marks 40 years since the end of the war in Vietnam, it’s important to remember that landmines and unexploded munitions left over from the conflict continue to kill and injure innocent civilians not just in Vietnam, but in many communities across Southeast Asia.

06 Mar 2015 description

Tianyi Luo, Andrew Maddocks, Charles Iceland, Philip Ward and Hessel Winsemius - March

This blog was co-written with Hessel Winsemius and Philip Ward. Hessel is a researcher at Deltares. Philip is a senior researcher at the Institute for Environmental Studies of the VU University Amsterdam.

Last September, Hamberton Nongtdu woke to a loudspeaker at a nearby mosque blaring a warning: Floods were coming.

05 Mar 2015 description

2 March 2015: To most of us, the belief that our children should have to worry about violence at school is unthinkable. Parents should be able to trust that their kids’ schools are safe, and that an environment of learning should be devoid of violence.

Yet according to evidence being released this week from Plan International and the International Centre for Research on Women, violence is distressingly commonplace within schools in Asia.

05 Mar 2015 description

Rome, 5 March 2015 – Most of Cambodia’s population lives in rural areas and depends on farming to make a living, so the threat of climate change is a serious matter. The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the government of the Kingdom of Cambodia are financing a US$82.2 million project that will increase agricultural production and reduce the impact of climate change for poor farmers. Some 100,000 rural families are expected to benefit.

02 Mar 2015 description
report Radio Free Asia

Rear Admiral Samuel Perez Jr., Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Plans, Programs, and Operations at the State Department’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs traveled to Cambodia and Laos from late January to early February as part of U.S. efforts to help the countries clear land contaminated by land mines. Following his return, Sarada Taing of RFA’s Khmer Service interviewed him about the state of unexploded ordnance in Cambodia.

27 Feb 2015 description

Through Feed the Future, Cambodian women are improving their agricultural productivity, increasing incomes and improving their status in their homes and communities.

A Feed the Future project funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development has helped establish 218 food security and nutrition groups, the first of their kind in Cambodia. To date, more than 5,000 people have registered as members, 93 percent of them women. The groups bring together community members who want to learn how to improve food security and nutrition in their families and communities.