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Maldives’ peacekeeping troops to be deployed over next two years

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By Daniel Bosley

The Maldives has signed an MOU with the UN, agreeing to actively contribute to peacekeeping operations as observers and infantry.

The agreement, signed in New York by the Maldives ambassador to the UN Ahmed Sareer last week, is the first of its kind to be signed by the country.

“This agreement marks a new era in relations between the Maldives and the UN,” said Sareer upon signing the agreement with UN Under Secretary-General Hervé Ladsous.

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RCA implements development programmes abroad

WAM ABU DHABI, 25th May, 2014 (WAM) -- The Higher Committee for Foreign Aid at the UAE Red Crescent Authority (RCA), has approved over AED 57.9 million to implement various development projects and programmes in a number of Arab and Foreign countries.

The move follows the directives of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler's Representative in the Western Region and Chairman of the Red Crescent Authority (RCA).

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GIEWS Country Brief: Maldives 21-May-2014

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.

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Maldives Annual Report 2013 (MAAMV001)

Overview

Maldivian Red Crescent (MRC) has been working steadily towards achieving the planned outcome and output targets in the field of disaster management, health, organisational development (OD), including youth programmes and establishing itself as a well-functioning National Society.

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Dengue and malaria impacting socioeconomic growth: WHO

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3 April, New Delhi: While countries in South-East Asia have made substantial economic progress, diseases such as dengue and malaria fuel a vicious cycle of poverty and have a significant impact on socioeconomic status of communities. These diseases are still killing thousands of people in the WHO South-East Asia Region. On World Health Day – 7 April – the World Health Organization is urging countries to prevent and control vector-borne diseases including chikungunya, dengue, kala-azar, lymphatic filariasis and malaria, among others.

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Disaster relief and emergency fund enables dengue outbreak response

Over 90 per cent of disasters around the world go unnoticed – in silence. These are too small, too inconvenient or too easily overshadowed by other events. But for the millions of people they affect, these disasters are not silent. Often, the people whose lives are changed by these recurrent disasters are already in vulnerable situations.

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Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the Maldives

New York, 25 March 2014

The Secretary-General welcomes the timely holding of the parliamentary election in the Maldives, which international observers have assessed as peaceful, orderly, and well administered.

The Secretary-General encourages the governing coalition to reach out to the opposition and to lead the country in the interest of all its citizens. He underlines the need for political leaders to work together and reach agreement on strengthening democratic institutions and enhancing the rule of law.

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Tuberculosis control in the South-East Asia Region, Annual Report 2014

World TB Day: 24 March 2014

New Delhi: Of the approximately 3 million people who get sick with TB every year in the WHO South-East Asia Region, a third do not get the TB services. On World TB Day, WHO is urging countries to find, treat and cure the “missing” 1 million who do not get TB services, in order to accelerate progress towards zero TB deaths, infections, suffering and stigma.

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Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs farewells Australian Volunteers for International Development

Senator the Hon Brett Mason farewelled 116 volunteers soon to depart to developing countries, during a reception at Old Parliament House this week.

The group was in Canberra to undergo training and make final preparations for their volunteering assignments.

The volunteers will be placed with host organisations for a period of 12 months to 2 years, and will assist with projects ranging from surf lifesaving training to providing advice in the use of Geographic Information Systems.

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Maldives' election chief sacked after vote chaos

03/10/2014 09:10 GMT

MALÉ, March 10, 2014 (AFP) - The Supreme Court in the Maldives has sacked the country's elections chief and handed him a suspended jail term after he criticised judges during last year's chaotic contest to choose a president.

Less than a fortnight before parliamentary elections are due, Chief Commissioner Fuwad Thowfeek and his deputy Ahmed Fayaz were dismissed for "disobeying and challenging" orders issued by the court in its role as "guardian of the constitution".

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Green Economy Transition Promises Multiple Benefits for Small Island States, UN Studies Confirm

On the International Day of Small Island Developing States (SIDS)

Nairobi, 24 February 2014 –Creating the enabling conditions for a Green Economy transition in Small Island Developing States (SIDS)—from improved public investment to reliable market instruments and better governance—will help the estimated 50 million SIDS residents build climate resilience, achieve economic growth and enjoy better standards of living.

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Humanitarian Assistance in Review South Asia | Fiscal Year (FY) 2004 – 2013

Chronic conflict, 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 2004 and FY 2013, USAID’s Office of U.S.

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Asia Pacific zone office: Development Operational Plan 2014

1. Executive Summary

Recognizing the important and positive issues on considerable developments in Disaster Management and Disaster Risk Reduction made by national societies in Asia Pacific during the last decade, the level of risks and vulnerabilities remains important especially in the following aspects:

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Tsunami survivors still without permanent housing

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President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom has said 427 families who survived the devastating 2004 tsunami still require permanent housing.

During a speech on the occasion of the National Unity Day – commemorating the impact of the tsunami – Yameen pledged to provide all families with housing in the next year.

“This government will provide housing for all those who were deprived of it with the tsunami, we will do it in 2014 according to the government’s manifesto” Yameen said.

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GIEWS Country Brief: Maldives 16-December-2013

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 329 000 (FAOSTAT, 2013), is heavily dependent on imported food.