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20 Apr 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Food purchasing power of households decreased by 0.5% and 2.8% in rural and urban areas respectively month-on-month;

  • Retail price of lowest quality rice decreased by 1.3% in rural areas and increased by 1% in urban areas on a month-on-month basis;

  • Wholesale price of mixed rice decreased by 0.6% month-on-month and 9% year-on-year;

  • In February, inflation rate was 1.5% and overall food prices increased by 5% year-on-year;

17 Apr 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

Attributable to UNICEF East Asia and Pacific Regional Director, Daniel Toole

UNICEF is concerned by reports of a decision by the Governments of Australia and Cambodia to start transferring refugees currently in an Australian-funded processing centre in Nauru to Cambodia for settlement.

16 Apr 2015 description

*Australia has rejected refugees seeking asylum from Africa, the Middle East and South Asia and sent them to the Pacific island nation of Nauru. Now, Australia is offering to pay them to move to Cambodia. *

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA — Refugees from Africa, the Middle East and South Asia – who are being held on the Pacific atoll of Nauru after being rejected by Australia – could soon be paid to resettle in impoverished Cambodia in an arrangement by the Australian government that has been condemned by human rights activists as inhumane and potentially dangerous.

16 Apr 2015 description
report ActionAid

This report reflects the experiences of over 3,000 women and girls living in urban communities in Brazil, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Liberia, Nepal, South Africa and Zimbabwe. While the women and girls interviewed in this baseline study shared their views that cities can be places of choice and empowerment for them, they also spoke of the multiple challenges they face in enjoying their rights and freely making choices about their daily lives.

13 Apr 2015 description

Highlights of the ICRC's work in 2014

Thailand:
- Over 8,400 detainees received access to safe drinking water and functioning sanitation facilities
- More than 1,400 phone calls were made to families of Bangladeshi and Myanmar migrants in Thai detention centres
- Nearly 432 people benefited from Micro Economic Initiatives

09 Apr 2015 description

Northern Hemisphere

China (No update)

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 has increased in 2015 (Figure 1)

Malaysia

09 Apr 2015 description

In autumn 2013, several parts of Cambodia were severely affected by flooding, leaving many rural water supplies unusable and unsanitary. Unclean water and lack of sanitation and hygiene are among the leading causes of diarrhea – a preventable disease which kills an estimated 2 300 children in Cambodia every year.

07 Apr 2015 description
report The Cambodia Daily

BY ZSOMBOR PETER | APRIL 7, 2015

Both the number of accidents and casualties caused by old landmines and other unexploded ordnance (UXO) rose by nearly 40 percent last year, according to the latest government data, though the two figures were still the second lowest on record following years of progress in demining.

Read the full article on The Cambodia Daily

02 Apr 2015 description

Highlights

  • In China, New Year festivities contributed to price increases above 10 percent for vegetables but pork prices fell slightly on ample supplies.

  • Wheat prices in Afghanistan’s Kabul markets fell sharply in February in response to the lower demand from domestic millers and abundant supply from neighbouring countries.

  • The Philippines has set a target of procuring 190 000 MT of rice from January to June 2015.

01 Apr 2015 description
report APOPO vzw

On 8 December 2005, the General Assembly of the United Nations declared that the 4th of April of each year shall be observed as the **International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action*in order to bring special attention to the millions of people still living under the threat of landmines and other explosive remnants of war (ERW). This year's theme 'More than Mines' reflects the use of a wide range of explosives that after the conflicts are over still pose a threat to communities living in the ex-battle zones.*

28 Mar 2015 description

Update on the dengue situation in the Western Pacific Region

Northern Hemisphere

China

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).

Malaysia

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

Foreword

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.