Pornsak Khortwong, IFRC
Recurrent earthquakes, floods, typhoons, and volcanoes present significant challenges to vulnerable populations in the East Asia and the Pacific (EAP) region. Some countries also face civil unrest and associated humanitarian impacts, as well as limited government capacity to respond to disasters. Between FY 2007 and FY 2016, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/ OFDA) and USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (USAID/ FFP) provided humanitarian assistance in response to a diverse range of natural and complex emergencies in the region.
The Guidance Note on Recovery: Private Sector draws from the wider body of knowledge on private sector recovery and from documented experiences of past and present disaster planning and recovery e orts. Materials have been collected through desk review and direct consultations with relevant experts. These experiences and lessons learned are classi ed into the following four major issues:
The Disaster Recovery Role of the Private Sector
Engaging the Private Sector in Disaster Recovery
On 20 September 2016, Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha (Ret.), Prime Minister of Thailand attended the Leaders’ Summit on Refugees, held at the United Nations Headquarter in New York, at the invitation of President Barack Obama, to join the world’s efforts in pledging additional assistance for displaced persons. As the only ASEAN country attended, the invitation bore testimony to Thailand’s record of longstanding humanitarian assistance towards over one million displaced persons from various countries during the past four decades.
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 Messages - More than 30 years on, the situation of refugees from Myanmar/Burma in Thailand has become one of the world's most protracted refugee crises, and there is a need to find durable solutions. - Since 1995, the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) has provided funding for humanitarian assistance in the refugee camps.
20 June 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has reaffirmed the UN’s readiness to support Thailand as the country prepares to vote on a final draft Constitution.
Mr. Ban spoke by telephone yesterday with the Prime Minister of Thailand, Prayut Chan-O-Cha.
“The Secretary-General reaffirmed the UN’s readiness to support Thailand during this critical juncture to facilitate a swift return to democracy,” said a statement released by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson.
GINEBRA, 13 de junio de 2016 (ACNUR) - Debido a la multitud de conflictos y crisis que causan una cantidad record de desplazamientos alrededor del mundo, el reasentamiento ha asumido un papel cada vez más vital en los esfuerzos del ACNUR para encontrar soluciones y abogar por un reparto de responsabilidades más justo para los refugiados, de acuerdo con un informe emitido hoy en una reunión anual en Ginebra.
Avec une multitude de conflits et de crises générant des déplacements de populations sans précédent à travers le monde, la réinstallation s’avère essentielle dans les efforts du HCR pour trouver des solutions et plaider pour un partage équitable des responsabilités dans l’aide aux réfugiés, peut-on lire dans un rapport publié aujourd’hui par le HCR.
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BY ALISA TANG
MAE SOT, Thailand (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Ta Mla Saw was about seven when she and her family fled from Myanmar troops attacking her village in the country's ethnic Karen region, and crossed the river into Thailand to the safety of refugee camps dotted along the border.
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Following the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck the Republic of Ecuador on 16 April 2016 which caused immense losses of lives, injuries and extensive destruction to the country’s properties and infrastructure system, and H.E. General Prayut Chan-o-cha, Prime Minister sent a message of condolences to H.E. Mr. Rafael Correa, President of the Republic of Ecuador, while H.E. Mr. Don Pramudwinai, Minister of Foreign Affairs, sent a message of condolences to H.E. Mr. Guillaume Long, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Human Mobility of the Republic of Ecuador.
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Burma’s long-established ethnic Karen armed organization, the Karen National Union (KNU), has been preparing land and shelter for the possible return of civilians displaced internally and on the Thai-Burma border after more than six decades of civil war with government forces.
The plan is underway in areas controlled by the KNU in southern and eastern Karen State, such as Kyainseikgyi Township and Hpa-an District, according to sources from the group.
Clashes in Shan displace more than 6,700 people in February and March
GoB closes 25 IDP camps in Rakhine following the resettlement of 25,000 IDPs
USG provides nearly $20 million to date in FY 2016
Humanitarian needs in Burma persist due to ongoing localized conflicts, prolonged population displacement, and continued vulnerability to natural disasters, such as drought.
118,000 Internally Displaced People
416,000 People in urgent need of humanitarian assistance
1,300,000 Affected by Cyclone Komen and Floods (nationally)
Total Beneficiaries: 865,000 individuals
Livelihoods support in Kayah State
Building bridges in Mon State
Singing for birth certificates in Mae La refugee camp
Aspirations of youth club in Ban Mai Nai Soi refugee camp
Moving on! UNHCR protection officer, Mae Sariang, Thailand
Growing up in Datoh Panyang, a small fishing village in Yaring district, 49-year-old, Aka Samahe, learnt how to build boats from his father. Whilst his father built actual boats made to order for fishermen in the village, Aka was inspired to make boats on a smaller scale – model boats. During high school, Aka spent any spare time he had making model boats and sold them to residents in the village.
“As a group, we are now confident to apply for any small grants available which will boost our livelihoods in the near future,” said 56-year-old housewife, Nonphan Promsuk from Sai Khao Village, Pattani province, southern Thailand.
In Ja-Nga village, Paka Harang sub-district, Muang district, at the home of 67-year-old Dolwahab Ma-ea and his wife, the only noise to be heard coming from the newly built Barakat Farm house in their back yard where they raise goats, is the rustling of tree branches. It is feeding time for the twenty healthy goats recently purchased upon receivership of a small grant from UNDP’s Southern Thailand Empowerment and Participation (STEP) Project.