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25 Jul 2016 description

Fact Sheet
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
July 25, 2016

On July 25, 2016, Secretary of State John Kerry led the United States’ delegation to the Ninth Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI) Ministerial Meeting in Vientiane, Laos. Established at the July 2009 ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) annual meetings, LMI seeks to narrow the development gap between the five Lower Mekong countries: Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam, and the rest of ASEAN.

22 Jul 2016 description
  • The World Health Organization (WHO) and partners established a definition of what constitutes an outbreak, endemic transmission, and the interruption of mosquito-borne transmission in order to better characterize the level of transmission of Zika virus infection (Table 1, Fig. 2). This classification system was put into use as of the situation report of 7 July 2016.

19 Jul 2016 description

The Asia-Pacific region is one of the most disaster-prone areas in the world, with frequently occurring natural disasters including earthquakes, tsunamis, tropical storms, flooding, landslides and volcanic eruptions affecting millions of people every year.

18 Jul 2016 description

Executive Summary

Alert 2016! Report on conflicts, human rights and peacebuilding is a yearbook providing an analysis of the state of the world in terms of conflict and peacebuilding from four perspectives: armed conflicts, socio-political crises, peace processes and gender, peace and security.

14 Jul 2016 description

Summary

WHO and partners established a definition of what constitutes an outbreak, endemic transmission, and the interruption of mosquito-borne transmission in order to better characterize the level of transmission of Zika virus infection (Table 1, Fig. 2). This classification system was put into use as of the situation report of 7 July 2016.

13 Jul 2016 description

Highlights 1-30 June 2016

  • Bangladesh: In June, IOM provided return assistance to two Bangladeshis returning from Thailand. There were no minors among these returnees. IOM provided food and onward transportation to the returnees. To date, IOM has provided return assistance to 2,679 Bangladeshis.

13 Jul 2016 description

12 JUILLET 2016 | NEW YORK - L’Organisation mondiale de la Santé (OMS) et ses partenaires lancent aujourd’hui 7 stratégies liées les unes aux autres pour réduire la violence à l’encontre des enfants. Toutes ces approches ont été testées et ont donné des résultats concrets. En les réunissant, l’OMS espère une baisse spectaculaire des cas de violence à l’encontre des enfants.

13 Jul 2016 description
report Irrawaddy

By SAW YAN NAING / THE IRRAWADDY

RANGOON — The United Nation’s (UN) refugee agency, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), is conducting a “last call” resettlement initiative for Burmese refugees living in Thailand who wish to resettle in the United States.

The initiative will allow unregistered refugees to reunite with their immediate families in the United States. Typically, refugees who have not registered with the UNHCR are not eligible for third country resettlement.

12 Jul 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

520,000 # of children affected out of 2,000,000 # of people affected

600,000 # hectares of crop damaged

1,750,000 # people lost incomes

52 (18 most affected) # provinces affected out of 64

Government-One UN Joint Emergency Response Plan 2016*:
US$48.5 million

Funding gap: US$37.7 million

UNICEF funds received:
US$4 million

12 Jul 2016 description
report Radio Free Asia

Thai police and a Myanmar nongovernmental organization that helps migrant workers have rescued 19 trafficked Myanmar fishermen forced to work aboard a fishing boat in slave-like conditions, the director of the NGO said.

The Myanmar Association in Thailand (MAT) and the Anti-Human Trafficking Division (AHTD) of the Royal Thai Police found the men on Sunday in a boat moored off the southern Thai city of Pattani, said MAT director Kyaw Thaung.

07 Jul 2016 description

Summary

  • WHO and partners have established a definition of what constitutes an outbreak, endemic transmission, and the interruption of vector-borne transmission in order to better characterize the level of transmission of Zika virus infection (Table 1, Fig. 2). In addition, this will facilitate public health recommendations for residents and travellers. Based on these definitions, countries and territories reporting mosquito-borne Zika virus transmission were reclassified.

07 Jul 2016 description

Bangkok, 7 July 2016 – The European Commission is making available € 12.3 million to strengthen the capacity of disaster-prone countries across Asia and the Pacific to prepare for and protect themselves from recurring natural disasters. Almost half of the world’s natural disasters last year occurred in Asia and the Pacific, causing large-scale losses of lives and assets.

07 Jul 2016 description

THE Ministry of Border Affairs and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees jointly hosted a consultation workshop on a strategic operation plan for the voluntary repatriation of Myanmar refugees in Thailand in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.

In his address, Union Minister Lt-Gen Ye Aung said that the government will make the necessary arrangements to ensure the return home of Myanmar refugees on the Myanmar-Thailand border with safety and with dignity.

05 Jul 2016 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Renewed conflict in northern Shan displaces approximately 3,900 people in May

  • Seasonal floods affect 28,000 people across five regions and states in Burma

  • USG provides an additional $11.6 million to address humanitarian needs resulting from the Burma complex emergency

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

01 Jul 2016 description

Global Overview – Trends and Outlook

01 Jul 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • On 28 June, the first batch of 4 million Aquatab tablets has arrived in Viet Nam through Ho Chi Minh City airport. NCERWASS and VIHEMA are collaborating closely for expedited customs clearance of the supplies and working on testing of Aquatab tablets locally to provide stronger evidence of the test results to put in Aquatab instruction leaflets before large-scale distribution.