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05 Mar 2010 description

MIDDAY 5 March 2010

The Human Rights Council at a midday meeting discussed reports presented by Olivier De Schutter, Special Rapporteur on the right to food and Raquel Rolnik, Special Rapporteur on adequate housing as a component of the right to an adequate standard of living, and on the right to non-discrimination in this context.

Mr.

28 Nov 2009 description

Port of Spain Climate Change Consensus

The Challenge of Our Time

1. Climate change is the predominant global challenge. We convened a Special Session on Climate Change in Port of Spain to discuss our profound concern about the undisputed threat that climate change poses to the security, prosperity, economic and social development of our people. For many it is deepening poverty and affecting the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals. For some of us, it is an existential threat.

2.

28 Nov 2009 description
report Reuters - AlertNet
  • Indian Ocean archipelago is on climate change front line

    - Risks being swamped by sea rise through global warming

    - Climate change damages island fisheries, spurs disease

    By Pascal Fletcher

    PORT OF SPAIN, Nov 28 (Reuters)

    • For Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed, the cold scientific numbers of the climate debate add up to the very survival of his tropical Indian Ocean state.

      If global temperatures rise just 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit), "we won't be around, we will be underwater," he told Reuters in Trinidad and Tobago, …

28 Nov 2009 description
report UN News Service

Holding out for a 'perfect' deal at next month's climate change summit in Copenhagen could result in there being no agreement at all, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned today, calling on all States to get behind a deal that is as ambitious as possible but also has broad international support.

In an address to the Commonwealth summit meeting with small island developing States, held in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, Mr.

24 Sep 2009 description
report UN General Assembly


GA/10862

Sixty-fourth General Assembly
Plenary
5th & 6th Meetings (AM & PM)

To effectively tackle terrorism, entrenched poverty and the threat of weapons proliferation, a more equitable multilateral system that valued diversity and fostered a "climate of dialogue" was urgently needed, world leaders attending the General Assembly's annual debate stressed today, as they pushed for a more democratic United Nations.

31 Aug 2009 description
report World Bank
  • South Asia is endowed with great rivers, which are the lifelines of the regional economy.

    - Impacts of climate change are shared by many countries across the Himalaya Region.

    - Regional cooperation can play a key role in adaptation and development in the Himalayan region.

    The Government of Nepal is hosting a Regional Climate Conference titled "Kathmandu to Copenhagen," from August 31 to September 1, 2009.

24 Jul 2009 description
report AlertNet

Written by: Thin Lei Win

BANGKOK (AlertNet) - Mention the Maldives and sandy beaches, five-star resorts, colourful coral reefs and stunning scenery come to mind - a luxurious getaway.

10 Jul 2009 description

In response to the announcement that leaders of the Major Economies Forum had agreed to hold rising temperatures to no more than 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) today reaffirmed its call for short- and medium-term targets that would limit increases to below 1.5 degrees Celsius.

Addressing a Headquarters press conference on climate change, Dessima M.

04 Nov 2008 description

Executive summary

The implementation of tsunami recovery programmes in Maldives since early 2005 has helped to establish goodwill and better understanding within the country about the humanitarian nature of the International Red Cross Red Crescent Movement. This understanding generated support for the formation of a Maldivian national society, a process which has been going on since September 2005.

04 Jan 2008 description

By Valpuri Saarelma, International Federation information and reporting delegate in the Maldives

"Water is worth loving" is a Finnish advertising slogan, but it also describes how precious water resources can be in the Maldives.

10 Jul 2007 description

Male, Maldives - The UAE delegation comprising officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Red Crescent Authority (RCA) and the Abu Dhabi Development Fund and Maldivian officials discussed yesterday the humanitarian situation in the Maldives and development projects planned to provide basic services to victims of natural disasters which hit the group of Maldivian atolls in recent years. The UAE delegation which is led by Mohammed Hamad Hadid, Minister Plenipotentiary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs were briefed by Representative of the Maldivian Foreign Ministry

Dr.

29 May 2007 description

This situation report is based on information received from the Maldives' National Disaster Management Center, the Office of the UN Resident Coordinator in the Maldives, as well as from the OCHA Regional Office for Asia and Pacific in Bangkok.

SITUATION

1. On 15-17 May 2007, a series of swells, between 10 - 15 feet, hit an estimated 68 islands in 16 Atolls across the Maldives, causing the inundation of up to 600 metres from the coastline. The most affected Maldive atolls were Gaafu Dhaalu, Dhaalu, Thaa and Laamu, which include over 24 islands.

27 May 2007 description

Each week, the World Health Organization Health Action in Crises in Geneva produces information highlights on the health aspects of selected humanitarian crises. Drawing on the various WHO programmes, contributions cover activities from field and country offices and the support provided by WHO regional offices and Headquarters.

25 May 2007 description

The Federation's mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity. It is the world's largest humanitarian organization and its millions of volunteers are active in 185 countries.

In Brief

This Bulletin is being issued for information only, and reflects the situation and the information available at this time.

24 May 2007 description

This situation report is based on information received from the Maldives' National Disaster Management Center, the Office of the UN Resident Coordinator in the Maldives, as well as from the OCHA Regional Office for Asia and Pacific in Bangkok.

SITUATION

1. On 15-17 May 2007, a series of swells, between 10 - 15 feet, hit an estimated 35 islands in 13 Atolls across the Maldives, causing the inundation of up to 600 metres from the coastline. The southern atolls of the Maldives were the most affected, in particular Seenu and Gaafu Dhaalu.

24 May 2007 description

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Due to the effects of recent flooding in the Republic of Maldives, the U.S. Government through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is providing $100,000 to the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) for emergency water and sanitation services to the affected populations. On May 22, U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka and the Maldives Robert O. Blake declared a disaster and authorized U.S. assistance.

23 May 2007 description
report Minivan News

By Ajay Makan

The first response to President Gayoom's appeal for international aid after recent floods has come from a surprise source - Bangladesh.

Following the floods, which were on a scale not exceeded since the 2004 tsunami, Foreign Minister Dr Shaheed said the Maldives had sent a letter requesting aid to "the usual donors. The US, EU, Japan and Canada."

But it is Bangladesh, the country with the lowest GDP per capita, and with no dedicated aid budget, which announced the first donation of $1 million on Wednesday.

Humble

"Our resources …

23 May 2007 description

The Chief Advisor of the Government of Bangladesh, Dr. Fakhruddin Ahmed, has pledged assistance to the Maldives, in the wake of last week's widespread damage caused by tidal waves on many islands. He made the pledge in a telephone conversation with the President yesterday. He called the President after receiving the President's letter of appeal requesting urgent international assistance.

Dr.