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04 Nov 2014 description

In this Issue

Featured Stories

  • Helping Save Samoa's Forests: UNDP Administrator and GEF Chief Executive meet a community on the frontline
  • Supporting Climate Change Adaptation in Small Island Developing States (SIDS)
  • Photo essays and stories from: Comoros, Fiji, Haiti, Maldives, Samoa, São Tomé and Príncipe, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Vanuatu

Featured Resources

03 Nov 2014 description

The entire land area of the country is only 300 sq km of which some 9 000 hectares are covered with permanent crops dominated by coconuts; only 3 990 hectares are considered arable. Practically no cereals are produced, therefore, the population, estimated at 352 000 (FAOSTAT, 2014), is heavily dependent on imported food.

31 Oct 2014 description
report UN General Assembly

GA/SHC/4114
Sixty-ninth session,
35th & 36th Meetings (AM & PM)
General Assembly
Meetings Coverage

Concluding General Debate on Human Rights, Delegates Raise Concerns about ‘Politicized’ Resolutions Targeting Specific Countries

30 Oct 2014 description
report Minivan News

By Ismail Humaam Hamid

Malé City Council Deputy Mayor Shifa Mohamed says that controlling today’s floods (October 30) is made more difficult with the current condition of the capital’s roads.

Shifa told Minivan News that poor planning and a lack of maintenance had exacerbated the floods occurring across Malé City today (October 30) after heavy downpours in the morning and the afternoon.

22 Oct 2014 description
report Minivan News

By Ahmed Naish

The Maldivian people will be among the world’s first climate change refugees due to sea level rise if global warming is not averted, former President Mohamed Nasheed has warned.

In his keynote address at the ‘International Bar Association’s (IBA) annual conference showcase session on climate change and human rights’ in Tokyo today, the opposition leader stressed that climate change is not an abstract concept to Maldivians but an existential threat.

17 Oct 2014 description

Chronic conflicts, earthquakes, recurrent seasonal storms, floods, droughts, and severe winter weather, as well as limited government response capacity, present significant challenges to vulnerable populations in South Asia. Between FY 2005 and FY 2014, USAID’s Office of U.S.

06 Oct 2014 description

A contract agreement was signed between the Ministry of Environment and Energy and Maldives Transport and Contracting Company (MTCC) today to design and build coastal protection structure in Kaafu Maafushi . This is among the ten islands identified in 2014 Public Sector Investment Plan (PSIP) projects aimed at coastal protection. Minister of of Environment and Energy, Mr. Thoriq Ibrahim signed the contract on behalf of the Minstry and the Chief Executive Officer Mr. Ibrahim Abdul Razzaq Haleem signed the contract on behalf of MTCC.

06 Oct 2014 description

A contract agreement was signed between Ministry of Environment and Energy and Maldives Transport and Contracting Company (MTCC) to design and build coastal protection structures in Kaafu Villingili. This is among the ten islands identified in 2014 Public Sector Investment Plan (PSIP) projects aimed at coastal protection. Minister of Environment and Energy, Mr. Thoriq Ibrahim signed the contract on behalf of the Ministry and the General Manager, Ms. Aishath Suzan Haneef signed the contract on behalf of MTCC.

29 Sep 2014 description
report Minivan News

By Ahmed Rilwan | July 6th, 2014

Both Vaavu Fulidhoo and Lhaviyani Kurendhoo are suffering the impacts of increased coastal erosion and Udha waves as the south-west monsoon season continues.

Vaavu atoll Fulidhoo Council has said it is about to lose the island’s football stadium, while the local graveyard on Kurendhoo is now just 15 feet from the encroaching waves.

17 Sep 2014 description
report World Bank

This report documents the dynamics of violence against women in South Asia across the life cycle, from early childhood to old age. It explores the different types of violence that women may face throughout their lives, as well as the associated perpetrators (male and female), risk and protective factors for both victims and perpetrators, and interventions to address violence across all life cycle stages.

15 Sep 2014 description
report AlertNet

Amantha Perera

South Asia is set to get a new drought monitoring tool next year, which policymakers hope will help a region increasingly buffeted by extreme weather. The tool, which will incorporate satellite photos of vegetation and forests, meteorological data, details of ground moisture measurements and crop-yield data, should be available for use by next April, the experts developing it said.

Read the full article on Alertnet

13 Sep 2014 description

The Tsunami Warning System established under the auspices of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO in the Indian Ocean following the December 2004 disaster is functioning effectively. This was demonstrated in a simulation exercise conducted on 9 and 10 September 2014, with the participation of 24 countries of the Indian Ocean Rim*.

According to the preliminary results of the simulated alert, all of the participating countries received timely tsunami advisory messages, and no delays were reported.

11 Sep 2014 description
report UN Children's Fund

New York, 11 September 2014 – According to a new UNICEF report released today there has been progress in the health and well-being of children in South Asia over the last 25 years, but glaring inequalities remain.

"More than 2 million children in South Asia die from preventable causes before their fifth birthday ever year and more than 35 percent of the region's children have chronic malnutrition,” said Karin Hulshof, Regional Director for UNICEF in South Asia.

27 Aug 2014 description

Nasreena Ahmed recalls how, when she was younger, her family and neighbors on Ihavandhoo Island could rely on groundwater for bathing, drinking, and cooking. But years of population growth, ineffective sewage systems, and encroaching salt water have made the groundwater unsafe to use.

Now, Ms. Ahmed, 45, and her family of eight rely on a 2,500-litre tank to collect rainwater for their household. In months with little rain, the tank runs dry and the family has to buy costly bottled water.

20 Aug 2014 description

Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Ravina Shamdasani
Location: Geneva
Date: 19 August 2014

1) Thailand

We are seriously concerned about the prosecution and harsh sentencing of individuals in Thailand under the country's lèse majesté law. Such measures are adding to the larger pattern of increasing restrictions on freedom of expression in Thailand. Since the 22 May coup, at least 13 new lèse majesté cases have been opened for investigation while other cases where charges had previously not been laid, have been revived.

19 Aug 2014 description

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With a population of 1.43 billion people, one-third of whom live in poverty, the South Asia developing members of ADB face the challenge of achieving and sustaining rapid economic growth to reduce poverty and attain other Millennium Development Goals in an era of accentuated risks posed by global climate change. Economic losses in key sectors, such as agriculture, energy, transport, health, water, coastal and marine, and tourism, are expected to be significant, rendering growth targets harder to achieve.

Highlights

12 Aug 2014 description
report Inter Press Service

By Thalif Deen

UNITED NATIONS, Aug 11 2014 (IPS) - The world’s 52 small island developing states (SIDS), some in danger of being wiped off the face of the earth because of sea-level rise triggered by climate change, will be the focus of an international conference in the South Pacific island nation of Samoa next month.

Scheduled to take place Sep. 1-2, the conference will provide world leaders with “a first-hand opportunity to experience climate change and poverty challenges of small islands.”

08 Aug 2014 description

The entire land area of the country is only 300 sq km of which some 9 000 hectares are covered with permanent crops dominated by coconuts; only 3 990 hectares are considered arable. Practically no cereals are produced, therefore, the population, estimated at 352 000 (FAOSTAT, 2014), is heavily dependent on imported food.

07 Aug 2014 description

At a ceremony held today at Raa atoll Maduvvari, Minister of Environment and Energy, Mr.Thoriq Ibrahim initiated the coastal protection work of Raa atoll Maduvvari. In addition to the Minister of Environment, Deputy Minister Mr. Ali Amir, Council President of Maduvvari, Council Members and Managing Director and senior officials of Maldives Transport and Contracting Company (MTCC) and Parliament Member Mr. Mohamed Ameeth took part in the ceremony.