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27 May 2015 description
report Human Rights Watch

Demand End of Abuses in Burma, Access for Refugee Protection

(Bangkok, May 28, 2015) – Governments gathering in Bangkok on May 29, 2015, to discuss the Southeast Asia boat people crisis should reach binding agreements to save people at sea, permit them to disembark without conditions, and ensure unimpeded access for United Nations agencies to protect the rights of asylum seekers, Human Rights Watch said today.

26 May 2015 description

Northern Hemisphere

China (no update)

As of 13 April, there were 66 cases of dengue reported in China for 2015. Compared with the same period of the previous of 2012 to 2014, the number of dengue cases reported in China has increased slightly in 2015 (Figure 1).


21 May 2015 description

Phnom Penh, Cambodia | AFP | Thursday 5/21/2015 - 14:00 GMT

Cambodia said Thursday it has agreed to take its first batch of asylum seekers from Australian custody as part of a controversial deal between the countries that triggered widespread international criticism.

Four refugees held by Australia on the remote Pacific island of Nauru will soon be transferred to the impoverished Southeast Asian nation, Cambodia's interior ministry said.

19 May 2015 description

The Royal Thai Government is organizing the Special Meeting on Irregular Migration in the Indian Ocean on 29 May 2015 in Bangkok. The Special Meeting is an urgent call for the region to comprehensively work together to address the unprecedented increase of irregular migration across the Bay of Bengal in recent years.

14 May 2015 description


  • Main season 2015 rice production forecast at near-record level

  • Rice exports forecast to increase in 2015 from last year’s slightly reduced

  • Rice prices generally stable or declining in April

  • Overall food security situation satisfactory

Main season 2015 rice production forecast at near-record level

14 May 2015 description

Australian media is reporting that four refugees from Nauru have been secretly transfered to Darwin after accepting offers to be resettled in Cambodia.

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11 May 2015 description
report Peace Corps

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 8, 2015 – This Mother’s Day, Peace Corps celebrates volunteers worldwide who are making a difference for mothers and their families. Across more than 60 countries, Peace Corps volunteers work to improve maternal health, educate new and expecting mothers, and advance healthy relationships to build stronger communities. Today, 24 percent of all Peace Corps volunteers work in health.

Below read how Peace Corps volunteers in Cameroon, the Dominican Republic and Cambodia are promoting maternal health in their communities.


07 May 2015 description

Northern Hemisphere

China (no update)

As of 13 April, there were 66 cases of dengue reported in China for 2015. Compared with the same period of the previous of 2012 to 2014, the number of dengue cases reported in China has increased slightly in 2015 (Figure 1).


06 May 2015 description
report Voice of America

Julie Taboh

There are nine new landmine victims around the world every day, according to the International Campaign to Ban Landmines. To help understand those numbers, a team of young reporters from a prestigious journalism school in Washington recently travelled all over the globe to investigate the problem.

Explosive remnants of war

06 May 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

EU funds UNICEF/Cambodian Government partnership to secure access to clean water in flood-prone areas

By Martina Tomassini

05 May 2015 description

On 25 April 2015, Nepal was heavily affected by a very strong earthquake, which has severely hit the capital of Kathmandu and caused deaths and injuries to thousands of lives and extreme damages to properties.

30 Apr 2015 description

This evaluation was designed to review the goals and implementation of activities relating to public and private extension services supporting the achievement of USAID agriculture and food security program objectives. It assesses the relevance and efficacy of current activities; identifies ways to make future USAID support in this area more efficient and effective; and may be used in shaping future Feed the Future programs both at the Washington support level and in mission programs.

30 Apr 2015 description

Many rural Cambodians subsist on meals of rice plus a small amount of protein, with vegetables and fruits being an unaffordable luxury. This poor dietary diversity can lead to chronic undernutrition, which can have devastating effects on overall health.

Fortunately, new training and educational campaigns led by Feed the Future are changing the way Cambodians – and particularly Cambodian women – view their diets.

29 Apr 2015 description
report Human Rights Watch

Phnom Penh Has Low Capacity, Poor Record on Refugees, Asylum Seekers

(Sydney, April 30, 2015) – Australia should withdraw plans to send refugees from Nauru to Cambodia in the face of continuing abuses against those already in Cambodia, Human Rights Watch said today. Cambodia should reject its deal with Australia and focus on providing proper protections to the refugees and asylum seekers already on its soil.

29 Apr 2015 description

Global Highlights

  • In Q1-2015, FAO’s global cereal price index fell a further 13 percent year-on-year. It is now 5 percent lower than in Q4-2014.

  • Real prices of wheat have fallen by 10 percent over the last quarter. Prices are 20 percent lower than in Q1-2014 and at their lowest levels since mid-2010, thanks to large supplies, favourable production forecasts and strong export competition.

28 Apr 2015 description

OTTAWA, April 27, 2015 – Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD) today announced CA$17 million in new funding for projects that will make food more secure and nutritious in developing countries. The four projects are part of an effort to scale up the most promising research supported under the Canadian International Food Security Research Fund (CIFSRF).

28 Apr 2015 description

ILO: More than half of the global rural population excluded from health care

ILO report shows huge differences in health care access between rural and urban areas worldwide.

GENEVA (ILO News) – A new ILO report shows that 56 per cent of people living in rural areas worldwide do not have access to essential health-care services – more than double the figure in urban areas, where 22 per cent are not covered.