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WB: Vietnam Demonstrates Climate Leadership in Building Resilience; and Embarks on Low Carbon Path

World Bank

Hanoi, August 25, 2014 – The World Bank today congratulated Vietnam on the high-level attention to building resilience of vulnerable areas like the Mekong Delta – which are especially impacted by climate change and disaster risks, as well as Vietnam’s green growth strategy and action plan, and urged the country to forge ahead on a low carbon and resilient growth path.

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Determination of natural disaster risk intensity

The Prime Minister has issued the Decision No. 44/2004/QD-TTg on stipulation of intensity for each type of natural disasters. The decision shall take officially into the effect from 01/10/2014.

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Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment: Handed over landslide-risk map to provinces

At an online conference on prevention of floods, flash floods and landslides in 2014 organized in the morning of August 20th, Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Nguyen Linh Ngoc stated that the zoning, evaluation, and investigation results of landslides and flash floods risk have already been available for the provinces: Bac Kan, Ha Giang, Yen Bai, Lao Cai, Son La, Lai Chau, Dien Bien, Tuyen Quang, Thanh Hoa, Nghe An, Lang Son, Cao Bang, Thai Nguyen, Hoa Binh and Phu Tho.

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Philippines + 8 others
ECHO Factsheet – East, Southeast Asia and the Pacific – August 2014

Key messages

  • The Asia-Pacific region is the most disaster-prone region in the world. The three largest disasters worldwide in the past four years have occurred in East and Southeast Asia.

  • Together with implementing partners, the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) carries out rapid assessments of needs and delivers immediate help to those affected by natural and man-made disasters. In the period 2013-2014, the Commission allocated more than € 90.69 million in humanitarian funding to the region.

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Australia + 10 others
Immigration Detention and Community Statistics Summary - 30 June 2014

About this report

This report provides an overview of the number of people in immigration detention and Offshore Processing Centres as at midnight on the date of the report. The report is produced on a monthly basis.

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Change for Climate Change

World Vision

Written by: Le Quang Dao – CATREND Manager

To prepare for the potentially devastating consequences of climate change, nearly 80 officials working for government agencies at provincial and district levels in the northern province of Thanh Hoa gathered for a World Vision training course on 25 July.

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Viet Nam + 1 other
Australian Government aids small-scale humanitarian projects

VGP - The Australian Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City on August 13 formally launched the Australian Government’s Direct Aid Program (DAP) for development projects in the central and southern provinces of Viet Nam from Da Nang southwards.

DAP provides grants for small-scale development projects, about $10,000 each with a view to addressing humanitarian hardship and advancing developmental outcomes for disadvantaged communities.

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Malaysia + 11 others
Dengue Situation Update, 12 August 2014

Update on the dengue situation in the Western Pacific Region

Northern Hemisphere

In the last past weeks, Malaysia has experienced an increase in new dengue cases. As of 23 July:

  • Cumulative number of reported cases: 53,246
  • Cumulative number of deaths reported: 147

The Philippines are experiencing a lower level of Dengue than in 2013. As of 19 July (Table 1):

  • Cumulative number of reported cases: 35,264
  • Cumulative number of deaths reported: 134
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Philippines + 2 others
CFSI Annual Report for 2013

The CFSI Annual Report for 2013 gives a sketch of CFSI’s accomplishments and ongoing efforts in rebuilding lives in the Philippines, Myanmar, and Viet Nam. Throughout the succession of emergencies in 2013, CFSI carried out relief, early recovery, and reconstruction, as well as capacity strengthening with local partners and policy advocacy at the regional and global levels.

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World + 51 others
The Market Monitor - Trends and impacts of staple food prices in vulnerable countries, Issue 24 - July 2014

Global Highlights

• During the first quarter of 2014, the global cereal price index decreased by 12% year-on-year, and slightly increased by 2% compared to the previous quarter.

• Real prices of maize were relatively stable and only 2% higher than the previous quarter of 2014.
Compared to the same period of the previous year, maize prices are low (-28%).

• Real prices of wheat increased significantly by 9% from Q1 to Q2-2014. More recently, for June, prices are down due to an increase in global supply and production.

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Myanmar + 6 others
Drug-resistant malaria spreading fast in SE Asia

07/30/2014 22:12 GMT

PARIS, July 30, 2014 (AFP) - Drug-resistant malaria parasites are now firmly established in border regions in four Southeast Asian countries, imperilling global efforts to control the disease, experts warned on Wednesday.

Blood samples taken from 1,241 malaria patients found that parasites which are resistant to the frontline drug artemisinin have spread to border areas in western and northern Cambodia, eastern Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam, they said.

Agence France-Presse:

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“Marriage Migration” Significant Factor in Trafficking in Viet Nam: IOM

Coinciding with the first World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, IOM Viet Nam, funded by the State of Kuwait, and supported the Vietnamese Ministry of Public Security, today convened a conference on illegal international marriage brokerage as a means of human trafficking.

Over 18,000 Vietnamese citizens migrate to get married every year, with a significant number making use of illegal brokers. The resultant lack of proper registration leaves women exposed to abandonment, violence and abuse, which in turn can lead to depression and suicide.

International Organization for Migration:

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World + 1 other
A global-to-local modelling approach to land use dynamics in Vietnam: Potential effects of a high climate impact and a high economic growth scenario

Land plays a crucial role in the development process of Vietnam. Not only does the agricultural land using sector in Vietnam account for a substantial share of GDP (approximately twenty per cent including forestry and fisheries), a large part of the Vietnamese population (over sixty per cent) resides in rural areas, mostly consisting of poor and small-scale farmers involved in the production of paddy rice, making the agricultural sector key to poverty reduction and food security.

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World + 1 other
Land Use, Food Security and Climate Change in Vietnam

Land Use, Food Security and Climate Change in Vietnam

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Viet Nam + 1 other
USAID continues to support climate resilient urban planning

VGP - The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Viet Nam Institute for Urban-Rural Planning (VIUP) under the Ministry of Construction jointly held a workshop on July 24 to introduce a new urban planning tool that protects communities and critical infrastructure from the impacts of climate change.

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Quang Binh gets support for war-era mine clearance

VGP – Quang Binh province and the Mines Advisory Group (MAG) inked a memorandum of understanding on bomb and mine clearance project in the 2015-2017 period.

MAG Country Director Portia Stratton and Vice Chairman of the Quang Binh Provincial People’s Committee Tran Tien Dung signed the document on July 24.

The US$3.9 million project will be disbursed in three years.

Quang Binh is one of the six central provinces which are heavily suffering from pollution of bomb, mine and unexploded ordnances left over from wars.

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Cambodia + 9 others
Dengue Situation Update, 15 July 2014

Update on countries experiencing a large increase in Dengue cases

Southern Hemisphere

Pacific Islands

Currently there are reports of dengue cases occurring in the Pacific including New Caledonia, French Polynesia, Solomon Islands and Fiji.


No update available

French Polynesia

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GIEWS Country Brief : Viet Nam 23-July-2014


  • The 2014 aggregate rice production forecast at a record level

  • Rice exports expected to increase in 2014

  • Domestic prices of rice continued to decline in June

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Vietnam says extreme weather linked to typhoon kills 27

07/22/2014 07:13 GMT

HANOI, July 22, 2014 (AFP) - Extreme weather caused by Typhoon Rammasun has killed 27 people in Vietnam, with the storm unleashing flash floods, landslides and lightning strikes, authorities said Tuesday.

Heavy rain flooded 7,200 houses and 4,200 hectares (10,300 acres) of cropland, with the north of the country worst hit, the national flood and storm control committee said.

The cost of the damage was estimated at around $6 million.

Agence France-Presse:

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Philippines + 3 others
21 July 2014: Asia and Pacific Ocean - Tropical cyclones


• PHILIPPINES: as of 21 July (NDRRMC), there were 97 dead, 437 injured, six missing, 1 600 298 people affected in seven regions, 518 764 people inside 1 264 evacuation centres and 111 372 houses damaged.

• CHINA: as of 21 July, the government reports nine dead in Guangxi, 13 in Hainan and four in Yunnan; 25 people are missing.

• VIETNAM: as of 21 July, media report 11 dead in Vietnam, several people missing and damages in several provinces of northern Vietnam. In terms of damage, the province of Quang Ninh has been affected the most.