Representatives from North-East Asian countries reviewed subregional environmental challenges and reaffirmed the importance of furthering mutual collaboration to tackle these issues at their annual meeting in Seoul from 16 to 17 March.
Opportunities for expanding successful technical and policy interventions towards achieving more rapid and sustainable development of the agriculture sector in Myanmar’s Dry Zone were highlighted at a dialogue here this week, participated by national and provincial policy makers, academics, civil society representatives, private sector experts and development practitioners.
New UN ESCAP report highlights alarming disparity in broadband access among Asia-Pacific countries and broadband concentration in East-Asia
Despite the widely reported phenomenal growth in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in the Asia-Pacific region, a new study by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), has found that broadband capabilities and access are highly concentrated in East and North-East Asia.
The 2015-2016 El Niño event is one of the strongest since 1997-98. The impacts from the El Niño in Asia-Pacific continue to threaten the most vulnerable populations in the region and may have long lasting implications.
Asia-Pacific is one of the most tsunami affected regions in the world. Since the devastating 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, more than three quarters of all tsunami affected countries are located in Asia-Pacific and 99 percent of all tsunami related deaths have occurred in the region. This also includes the significant loss of human lives from the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. Raising tsunami awareness is therefore a top priority for reducing tsunami risks in the Asia-Pacific region.