A Message From Assistant Secretary Puneet Talwar
(12:09:06 PM, 25/05/2016)
To cope with droughts and salinity intrusion which have been occurring in many locations in Vietnam since 2015, the European Union (EU) sponsors 90,000 Euro to support the most serious impacted people in the Central Highlands and Mekong Delta.
By Denis McClean
ISTANBUL, Turkey, 25 May 2016 - The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction has peppered the speeches of government representatives making commitments at the World Humanitarian Summit which closed yesterday.
In particular, the ten ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations) countries which have been at the centre of some of the world’s worst recent disasters led a debate yesterday on how building resilience to disasters can help reduce the humanitarian burden.
HÀ NỘI - The Japanese Government yesterday announced emergency aid worth US$2.5 million for Việt Nam to address drought and saltwater intrusion consequences in the central and Mekong Delta regions since late 2014 due to the effects of El Niño.
The aid will be delivered through the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), according to the Japanese Embassy in Việt Nam.
By Emily Loewen
A Vietnamese refugee who settled in Canada in 1979 as child now is sponsoring two refugee families from Syria with the help of MCC Canada and her friends.
ALBERTA, Canada – As a 5-year-old resting in her mother’s arms at the bottom of a boat crowded with refugees, Nhung Tran could not have imagined the life she’s living now. A life as a doctor in Canada. A life where she is responsible for bringing two families to safety as a sponsor.
Update: May, 21/2016 - 09:33
HÀ NỘI – Việt Nam needs to be well-prepared to cope with natural disasters, which have become more fierce and unpredictable in recent years, deputy head of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development’s General Irrigation Department Trần Quang Hoài said yesterday.
Speaking at a conference on preventing natural disasters held in Hà Nội yesterday, Hoài said Việt Nam has built legal policies and improved facilities to prevent natural disasters and overcome their consequences.
In response to the ongoing drought and saltwater intrusion which has hit parts of Vietnam since the end of 2015, the European Union is providing 90,000 EUR in humanitarian funding to assist the most affected populations in the Central Highlands and the Mekong Delta regions.
As of 18 May 2016, 60 countries and territories report continuing mosquito-borne transmission (Fig. 1) of which:
46 countries are experiencing a first outbreak of Zika virus since 2015, with no previous evidence of circulation, and with ongoing transmission by mosquitos (Table 1).
14 countries reported evidence of Zika virus transmission between 2007 and 2014, with ongoing transmission.
China (No updates)
As of 31 March, there were 91 cases of dengue reported in China in 2016 (28 in January, 45 in February, 18 in March). Compared with the same period of the previous three years (2012 to 2015), the number of dengue cases reported in China has increased in 2016 (Figure 1).
Malaysia (No updates)
By Celina Y. Loyzaga
On 13 May 2016, Singapore’s Ministry of Health (MOH) and the National Environmental Agency (NEA) reported Singapore’s first imported case of the Zika virus. Although the case of patient zero is likely to be a one-off instance,
Singaporeans and ASEAN nations alike should be concerned about the implications and consider upcoming medical technologies to curb the spread of the disease.
The project ‘Integrated Community-based Adaptation in the Mekong Delta Region (ICAM) was launched in mid-2012 to increase community adaptive capacity and resilience to existing hazards and the impacts of climate change. Three years on, this evaluation finds that the project led to the commitment of government agencies and mass organizations to community-based adaptation, to better inter-agency collaboration and to stronger vertical links and responsiveness.
Human trafficking is the exploitation of human beings through forced labor or slavery, or commercial sexual exploitation. It occurs both across and within national borders and can affect men, women, and children. Although the global and regional impact of trafficking is difficult to measure, data do show that it is on the rise in many areas and that women and girls are particularly vulnerable.
The Prime Minister has recently approved the list of technical support for the project “Improving water use efficiency for provinces affected by drought” funded with non-refundable assistance by the Asia Development Bank (ADB).
The supported five provinces include Ninh Thuan, Khanh Hoa, Dac Lac, Dac Nong and Binh Thuan,with the total assistance of about 110 million USD.
Accordingly, the Prime Minister assigns the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the State Bank of Vietnam and relevant agencies to implement the project at the five provinces.
2015 at a glance: A year of milestones
2015 marked the beginning of a new era in disaster risk reduction and sustainable development. ADPC embraced the new Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction while continuing to build resilience side by side with the Asia-Pacific countries.
At a working conference on the salt instrusion in Mekong River Delta, Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations Jan Eliasson said that the organization will inform the international organizations on the situation of drought and saltwater intrusion in Vietnam.
In addition, a funding worth about $ 3.4 billion will be mobilized to help 20 countries, including Vietnam, in respond to climate change.
Update: May, 13/2016 - 09:20
HÀ NỘI — The Việt Nam Fatherland Front (VFF) Central Committee, local VFF units and their member organisations decided to set aside VNĐ50.8 billion (US$2.3 million) to support provinces affected by prolonged droughts, saline intrusion and mass fish deaths.
The fund was announced at a regular meeting of the VFF Central Committee and local chapters yesterday.
The VFF Central Committee will grant a package of VNĐ7.5 billion ($340,000) to nine provinces suffering from severe drought and salinity in the Mekong Delta.
The El Niño global climatic event has had a devastating impact on tens of millions of people across the globe in 2015 and 2016. East Africa, Southern Africa, Central America, South East Asia and the Pacific Islands, continue to be at risk of extreme weather events, including below-normal rains and flooding. The humanitarian fallout includes increased food insecurity due to low crop yields and rising prices; higher malnutrition rates; devastated livelihoods; increased susceptibility to illnesses, and forced displacement.
As of 11 May 2016, 58 countries and territories report continuing mosquito-borne transmission of which:
45 countries are experiencing a first outbreak of Zika virus since 2015, with no previous evidence of circulation, and with ongoing transmission by mosquitoes.
13 countries reported evidence of Zika virus transmission between 2007 and 2014, with ongoing transmission.
Ho Chi Minh City – Authorities in the Mekong Delta provinces have helped locals cope with the prolonged drought and salinity in rivers, minimising the losses caused by the twin disasters.
In Kiên Giang Province, they are using 20 pumps to move saltwater out of the Rạch Gía–Long Xuyên and Ông Hiển canals, trying to pump the salt water into the sea so that fresh water can flow from upstream into rivers and canals supplying Rạch Gía City.
The Secretary-General has the honour to transmit to the General Assembly the report of the Director-General of the World Health Organization, submitted in accordance with General Assembly resolution 69/325.
Report of the Director-General of the World Health Organization on consolidating gains and accelerating efforts to control and eliminate malaria in developing countries, particularly in Africa, by 2015