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Calling Migration a Human Rights Issue, Delegates Urge States to Consider Migrants as ‘Key’ to Development, Third Committee Hears

GA/SHC/4114
Sixty-ninth session,
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Concluding General Debate on Human Rights, Delegates Raise Concerns about ‘Politicized’ Resolutions Targeting Specific Countries

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Bangladesh + 8 others
Humanitarian Assistance in Review - South Asia | Fiscal Year (FY) 2005 – 2014

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.

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Contract signed to design and build coastal protection structure in Kaafu atoll Maafushi island

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.

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Contract signed for building coastal protection structures at Kaafu atoll Villingili (Villimale’)

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.

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Kurendhoo and Fulidhoo erosion threatens communities

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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.

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OCHA Regional Office for Asia-Pacific: Countries and Territories (as of Sep 2014)

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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World + 8 others
Violence against Women and Girls: Lessons from South Asia

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World Bank

A new report documents the dynamics of violence against women across the life cycle, and analyzes the societal factors that drive perpetrators to commit such acts in the region.

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World + 8 others
South Asia to get new drought monitoring tool

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AlertNet

The tool, which will incorporate satellite photos, meteorological data, details of ground moisture measurements and crop-yield data, should be available for use by next April.

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For more humanitarian news and analysis, please visit www.trust.org/alertnet

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Ten years after 2004 Tsunami, successful exercise demonstrates the efficiency of Indian Ocean Warning System

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.

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Improving Children’s Lives, Transforming the Future – 25 years of child rights in South Asia

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.

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Collecting rain to address Maldives' water shortage

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.

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Thailand + 1 other
Press briefing notes on Thailand and Maldives

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.

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Assessing the Costs of Climate Change and Adaptation in South Asia

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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.

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Swamped by Rising Seas, Small Islands Seek a Lifeline

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.”

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GIEWS Country Brief: Maldives 07-August-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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Coastal protection works of Raa atoll Maduvvari island inaugurated today

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.

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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.