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Vietnam battles fatal measles outbreak

04/18/2014 11:02 GMT

HANOI, April 18, 2014 (AFP) - Vietnam is scrambling to contain a deadly outbreak of measles that has killed more than 100 people, mostly young children, and infected thousands more this year, the government said Friday.

At least 112 people -- the majority of them under 10 years old -- have died of the disease so far in 2014, the Ministry of Health said in a statement.

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Gestión del riesgo de desastres para un desarrollo con capacidad de adaptación

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Los desastres naturales afectan en forma desproporcionada a las personas pobres y vulnerables. A la luz de la alarmante tendencia mundial que apunta hacia un aumento en las pérdidas debido a estos fenómenos, la gestión de los desastres y el riesgo climático (DRM, por sus siglas en inglés) está cada vez más presente en las actividades del Banco Mundial. Las inversiones ayudan a proteger millones de vidas y medios de sustento y salvaguardar el crecimiento en sectores socioeconómicos clave.

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Gérer les risques de catastrophe pour protéger le développement

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Les catastrophes frappent majoritairement les populations pauvres et vulnérables. Face à l’aggravation préoccupante des pertes dues aux catastrophes de par le monde, la gestion des risques de catastrophe tient une place croissante dans les opérations de la Banque mondiale. Les investissements contribuent à protéger des millions de personnes ainsi que leurs moyens de subsistance, et à préserver la croissance dans les secteurs socio-économiques clés.

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Providing Clean Water for 1.3 Million Rural Residents in Vietnam

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A community-based project provided access to clean water and sanitation

Between 2005 and 2013, the Red River Delta Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Project provided access to clean water for nearly 1.3 million people in four provinces in Vietnam through community-based approaches. Local residents play an active role in planning, raising funds and monitoring the project. Through a revolving fund managed by the Women's Union, households received access to low-interest loans to build or rehabilitate more than 48,000 hygienic toilets and sanitation facilities.

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10 years of EU and FAO joint work on agriculture and food security

•The European Union and the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) have had a steadfast and generous partnership in promoting sustainable rural development to improve the lives of the poor for over ten years.

•The EU is the biggest donor to the FAO, contributing US$1.2 billion to FAO’s field programme from 2008-2013.

•New projects signed between the EU and FAO in 2013 alone amounted to nearly US$ 200 million, of which 87% are funded through the EU’s delegations.

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Viet Nam's Poor Gains from Participatory Agriculture Research and Extension

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This document shows how an ADB-supported project on agriculture science and technology engaged poor farmers in Viet Nam to address critical agricultural issues and led to higher productivity and exports.

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• Viet Nam’s agriculture science and technology sector is beset with challenges, from fragmentation to insufficient resources to lack of linkage between research extension and beneficiaries.

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$ 34 million to support Vietnam to cope with climate change

Recently, in Rome, Vietnam Ambassador to Italy cum Vietnam Representative International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) Nguyen Hoang Long and Kanayo F. Nwanze, President of IFAD, signed a financing agreement of US$ 34 million to support Vietnam. The aid will be funded under the most preferential conditions to carry out a project on sustainable rural development and climate change response in the Mekong River Delta, especially in Ben Tre and Tra Vinh provinces.

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AusAID supports Tieng Giang in climate change resilience

Recently, the Australian Agency for International Development and Oxfam provided a fund of over 18 billion VND to coastal communities in the districts of Go Cong Tay and Tan Phu Dong (Tien Giang province) in an effort to raise the capacity to respond to climate change.

Beside material support, the project aims to learn the lesson from project implementation and further help coastal communities of Tien Giang province to increase the resilience and mitigation in disaster risk, implement community-based policies of natural resource management in Tien Giang.

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Germany aids Mekong Delta’s climate change response

Germany will speed up the provision of official development assistance (ODA) for the Mekong Delta in the fields of climate change adaptation, energy and environment.

Dr. Hans Dieter Stell, German Consul General to Ho Chi Minh City , made the affirmation at a meeting with Can Tho city’s leaders on April 3.

According to the diplomat, Vietnam and Germany have seen fruitful cooperation in the fields, with the latter’s large ODA projects in the Mekong Delta region.

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Ho Chi Minh City to build 30 flood control lakes

It is expected that in the second quarter of 2014, Ho Chi Minh City builds a series of flood control lakes in an attempt to reduce flooding due to high tide rise.

In the coming time, the city builds 30 large-scale flood control lakes at suburb areas. Small-scale flood control lakes are planned to be built in central areas such as residential areas, underground sewage network beneath pavements, schoolyards, buildings, etc.

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Deputy PM: Coastal afforestation a key part of climate change response

Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai has stressed the importance of effective coastal afforestation as an important measure in coping with climate change.

While chairing a meeting of the National Steering Committee on Forest Protection and Development for the 2011-2020 period, Deputy PM Hai noted that proposed measures in response to climate change should be efficient and cost-effective, and emphasised the necessity of investment in coastal protection forests and other environmental protection activities.

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Ho Chi Minh City Declaration: Water, Energy and Food security in the context of climate change for the Mekong River Basin

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We, the Heads of the Governments of the Kingdom of Cambodia, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, the Kingdom of Thailand, and the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam, meet in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam, for the Second Summit of the Mekong River Commission (MRC).

We reaffirm the vital importance of sustainable use and management of water and related resources of the Mekong River Basin and the continuing political commitment to implement the 1995 Mekong Agreement, and consolidate the spirit of Mekong cooperation;

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Dengue: Turning up the volume on a silent disaster

Over the past 50 years, dengue has spread from nine countries to over one hundred countries. IFRC urges a shift from responding to isolated outbreaks to investing in long-term integrated programming.

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International experts call for Mekong leaders to look beyond water to achieve real impact

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 3rd Apr 2014

Intensified and balanced interactions are key to achieve practical goals to tackle climate change woes amidst increased water, energy and food demands, concluded an International Conference

Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam, 3 April 2014 - More than 300 international water management experts today called for the governments of the Mekong countries to include energy and food into their continued dialogue across water sectors through innovative and more adaptive means as the needs for water resources increase.

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Redressing Asia's Widening Economic Divide

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MANILA, PHILIPPINES — Impressive economic gains in Asia and the Pacific are otherwise diminished by still widespread poverty and growing inequality, calling for urgent implementation of inclusive growth approaches among the region’s countries, says a new study.

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APOPO expands to Vietnam and Lao PDR

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The German Federal Foreign Office (GFFO) has partnered with APOPO to provide funds for APOPO to help build capacity in Vietnam and Lao PDR for unexploded ordnance (UXO) clearance projects. APOPO will assist National and provincial partners to coordinate and monitor mine action activities which will increase the efficiency of land release in the South East Asia region and save many innocent lives.

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Uncontrollable population growth issue impacts on environment in the southeast region

The rapid urbanization associated with the population explosion and industrialization has created an imbalance in the ecology of the Southeast Region. It is the area where the proportion of urban population has increased faster than the nation’s average rate of population growth. Much of this population growth represents a shift of population from rural to urban. When the population is large, it requires better infrastructure, along with sanitation, transport, housing conditions and other facilities.