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01 Jul 2015 description

The United States is strengthening its commitment to the UXO sector in Laos by increasing its total assistance for Laos’ UXO sector to $15 million this year. U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Russel announced the new assistance during the annual U.S.-Lao PDR Comprehensive Bilateral Dialogue, which took place in Washington, D.C. on June 19. The Lao delegation to the Dialogue, led by Vice Foreign Minister Madame Sounthone Xayachak, thanked the United States for its continued, robust support to the Lao UXO Sector, including to the National Regulatory Authority and to UXO Lao.

30 Jun 2015 description

Highlights

  • The pace of general and food inflation in the region slowed in May increasing 2.7 and 2.5 percent, respectively.

  • In Afghanistan, greater internal displacements of food insecure populations are expected in the coming winter because of insufficient food availability and barriers to food access.

  • Stabilization policy efforts in India continue to mitigate the price volatility of vegetables, in particular for onion and potato.

08 Jun 2015 description

Update on the Dengue situation in the Western Pacific Region

Northern Hemisphere

China

As of 30 April, there were 20 cases of dengue reported in China for 2015. Compared with the same period of the previous of 2012 to 2014, the number of dengue cases reported in China has increased slightly in 2015(Figure 1).

Malaysia

08 Jun 2015 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Prospects for planting of 2015 main season rice uncertain due to dry weather

  • Maize exports in 2015 forecast to decrease from previous year’s high level

04 Jun 2015 description
report European Union

Summary: 3 June 2015, Brussels - The European Commission today unveiled a major partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and announced new funding to tackle the global challenge of undernutrition.

03 Jun 2015 description

In this Issue

Featured Stories

▪ Stories on country-led CCA Initiatives in: Cambodia, Cambodia & Lao PDR, Haiti, Myanmar, Peru,
Vanuatu

▪ UNDP/UNEP Launch Capacity Development Programme for CC Negotiators in LDCs

Featured Resources

▪ VIDEOS: Climate Change and the Pacific: Coasts
Canada-UNDP Climate Change Adaptation Facility Trailer
CCAF: Experience from Haiti
Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction in Ethiopia

28 May 2015 description

The Committee on the Rights of the Child today considered the initial reports of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic on how the country is implementing the Optional Protocol on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography and the Optional Protocol on children involved in armed conflict.

26 May 2015 description

Northern Hemisphere

China (no update)

As of 13 April, there were 66 cases of dengue reported in China for 2015. Compared with the same period of the previous of 2012 to 2014, the number of dengue cases reported in China has increased slightly in 2015 (Figure 1).

Malaysia

19 May 2015 description

The Royal Thai Government is organizing the Special Meeting on Irregular Migration in the Indian Ocean on 29 May 2015 in Bangkok. The Special Meeting is an urgent call for the region to comprehensively work together to address the unprecedented increase of irregular migration across the Bay of Bengal in recent years.

07 May 2015 description

Aide humanitaire aux réfugiés sahraouis, la crise oubliée

L'année 2015 marque les 40 ans de cette crise oubliée. Les réfugiés sahraouis, estimés à plus de 165 000 personnes par les autorités algériennes, vivent depuis plusieurs générations dans des camps répartis autour de la ville de Tindouf, au sud-ouest de l'Algérie, et dépendent intégralement de l'aide internationale pour l'accès aux services essentiels (eau, assainissement, hygiène, alimentation/nutrition, soins de santé, soutien aux personnes vulnérables...).

07 May 2015 description

Northern Hemisphere

China (no update)

As of 13 April, there were 66 cases of dengue reported in China for 2015. Compared with the same period of the previous of 2012 to 2014, the number of dengue cases reported in China has increased slightly in 2015 (Figure 1).

Malaysia

24 Apr 2015 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Rice production in 2015 forecast to increase from last year’s average level
  • Cereal exports in 2015 forecast to decrease from the previous year’s high level
  • Food insecurity is of concern in parts of the country
22 Apr 2015 description

Northern Hemisphere

China

As of 13 April, there were 66 cases of dengue reported in China for 2015. Compared with the same period of the previous of 2012 to 2014, the number of dengue cases reported in China has increased slightly in 2015 (Figure 1).

Malaysia

10 Apr 2015 description
report World Vision

Nila Douanesouvanh
World Vision Laos

Nine-year-old Yaok and his brother Vangsith huddled around the fire. It was winter, where temperatures dropped to single digits, and the boys and their friends clamored around the flames for a little warmth.

Sak – another one of their friends was sitting beside with hands holding a rusty ball. Or what looked like it anyway.

“He was the one who brought the bomb,” Yaok remembers.

10 Apr 2015 description
report People In Aid

This is the final article in our month-long series highlighting gender issues and women in leadership that began on International Women's Day, March 8. In this case study, the Mines Advisory Group (MAG) illustrates the context and conditions in which female mine deactivation teams work, and the challenges they face in the most bombed country in the world, Laos.

09 Apr 2015 description

Northern Hemisphere

China (No update)

As of March 24, there were 41 cases of dengue reported in China for 2015 (19 cases in January and 22 cases in February). Compared with the same period of the previous three years (2012 to 2014), the number of dengue cases reported in China has increased in 2015 (Figure 1)

Malaysia