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31 Dec 2009 description
report IRIN

DHAKA, 31 December 2009 (IRIN) - Low-lying Bangladesh with its 230 rivers and dense population of over 150 million has long been prone to flooding, soil erosion and saltwater intrusion, but climate change could aggravate the situation, experts and government officials warn.

In a report entitled A Global Report: Reducing Disaster Risk: A Challenge for Development, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) has identified Bangladesh as the country most vulnerable to tropical cyclones and sixth most vulnerable to floods.

According to data from the government's Centre for Environmental and …

31 Dec 2009 description

In brief

Programme summary:

The second half of 2009 has been a very busy but productive period as the Asia Pacific zone office has responded to multiple disasters simultaneously, while carrying forward its aim to introduce several new initiatives designed to increase the impact of its work with Asia Pacific national societies.

31 Dec 2009 description

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2009, signed by President Obama on March 11, 2009, provided $75 million in agriculture funds targeted to food security. These funds provide essential continuity to programs begun in 2008 and allow new investments to build a foundation for the launch in 2010 of a broader long-term strategy to sustainably reduce hunger and malnutrition.

A larger food security strategy is currently being developed under the leadership of the Department of State.

31 Dec 2009 description

Highlights

Impact of Food Prices Rises On Malnutrition and Food Security

- International food and oil prices soared until further in 2008 and translated in varying degrees into higher domestic food prices causing food riots in over 30 countries. Even though food prices are falling on the global markets, surveillance showed that local prices have continued to increase or have remained at their inflated level in a number of vulnerable countries.

31 Dec 2009 description
report NIRAPAD

In this Issue

NIRAPAD: Activities and Achievements in the Year 2009

Accountability in Emergencies and Impact Measurement Bengali Version of 'Good Enough Guide': Contribution to ECB Project

Emergency Preparedness Planning (EPP) Guideline for Partner NGOs of 'SHOUHARDO' Program, CARE - Bangladesh

Youth and Adolescent Led Disaster Management Module Development and Training of Trainer Implementation:

Technical Support to SHAPLA NEER

Research Project through NIRAPAD, Funded by ProVention People-centred Early Warning Dissemination Mechanism for Flash Floods in …

31 Dec 2009 description

FAO initiative to promote climate change mitigation in agriculture in developing countries

Agriculture accounts for an estimated 14 percent of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions but also has significant potential to capture atmospheric carbon and store it in soils and plants. A number of suitable technologies and practices can sequester carbon in smallholder agriculture.

31 Dec 2009 description

Multiple factors contributed to high and volatile food prices in Bangladesh during the 2007/2008 period. A "perfect storm" of international, regional, and national conditions delivered a powerful economic shock to the country's food security. Rising global food and fuel prices, regional trade barriers for food exports from South and Southeast Asia, and efforts to ensure macro-economic stability within Bangladesh, all played important roles as the shock of  high food prices reverberated throughout the economy.

30 Dec 2009 description

Foreword

At its 5th meeting in copenhagen in november 2008, the GFDrr consultative Group asked the secretariat to focus on a select group of priority countries to achieve increased impact. in GFDrr’s Track ii, Mainstreaming Disaster risk reduction in Development, this lead to a prioritization of operations in 20 core countries, including Burkina Faso, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Ghana, Haiti, indonesia, Kyrgyz Republic, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Marshall islands, Mozambique, Nepal, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Senegal, Solomon islands, Togo, vietnam, and Republic of Yemen.

30 Dec 2009 description

Göttingen, December 30, 2009

The Society for Threatened Peoples STP (Gesellschaft für bedrohte Völker GfbV) warned on Wednesday that 9,000 Moslem Rohingya refugees from Bangladesh are likely to be deported to their home country of Burma . "The refugees face danger for life and limb if they are returned to Burma ", said the STP Asia consultant, Ulrich Delius, in Göttingen. The foreign ministers of Burma and Bangladesh agreed on Tuesday that the refugees should be returned soon.

30 Dec 2009 description

Göttingen, December 30, 2009

The Society for Threatened Peoples STP (Gesellschaft für bedrohte Völker GfbV) warned on Wednesday that 9,000 Moslem Rohingya refugees from Bangladesh are likely to be deported to their home country of Burma . "The refugees face danger for life and limb if they are returned to Burma ", said the STP Asia consultant, Ulrich Delius, in Göttingen. The foreign ministers of Burma and Bangladesh agreed on Tuesday that the refugees should be returned soon.

29 Dec 2009 description
report Mizzima News

Dhaka (Mizzima) - The Burmese junta has agreed to take back 9,000 Rohingya refugees from Bangladesh soon, Foreign Secretary Mohamed Mijarul Quayes said in Dhaka on Tuesday.

Visiting Burmese Deputy Foreign Minister Maung Myint, who was into foreign secretary level talks in Dhaka with the Bangladesh foreign secretary, agreed to take back the refugees shortly as Bangladesh handed over a list of 28,000 Burmese nationals.

Mr.

24 Dec 2009 description
report Hong Kong Red Cross

On 26 December 2004, a massive earthquake off the coast of Sumatra, Indonesia (of magnitude Richter scale 9.0) led a tsunami that swept across the Indian Ocean. Almost 226,000 people lost their lives across 13 countries.

23 Dec 2009 description

Britain's star chef Tommy Miah went to the Kutupalong refugee camp recently to help show women inhabitants the importance of nutrition and a balanced diet.

22 Dec 2009 description

BUREAU FOR DEMOCRACY, CONFLICT, AND HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE (DCHA)

22 Dec 2009 description
report Mizzima News

Salai Pi Pi

New Delhi (Mizzima) - Maung Myint, Deputy Burmese Foreign Minister will be in Dhaka on December 28, for a two-day bilateral meet, a Bangladeshi Foreign Ministry official said.

The official at the Bangladeshi Foreign Secretary Office in Dhaka told Mizzima on Tuesday that Maung Myint, will hold bilateral talks, which will also include discussions on the issue of thousands of Muslim Rohingya minorities illegally residing in Bangladesh.

"He [Maung Myint] is scheduled to arrive here [Dhaka] on that day," the official said.

21 Dec 2009 description

This report covers the period 1 July to 31 December 2009.

Programme purpose: As outlined in the 2009-10 plan, the aim of the International Federation is to coordinate and support efforts at country and regional level to assist South Asian national societies to scale up their work to improve the lives of vulnerable people.

Programme summary: The disaster season throughout the region was relatively calm in its first half though Sri Lanka witnessed one of its worst dengue outbreaks in years as health authorities scrambled to contain the disease.

Late floods in India during October …

20 Dec 2009 description

Period covered by this Operations Update: 10 November to 20 December 2009;

Appeal target (current): Appeal target (current): CHF 2,355,249 (USD 2.2 million or EUR 1.6 million) in cash, kind, or services to support the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS) to assist 36,800 families (or 184,000 beneficiaries) for nine months.

Appeal coverage: The appeal has 36 per cent coverage

Appeal history:

- Emergency Appeal for cyclone Aila was launched on 24 June 2009 for CHF 2,355,249 (USD 2.2 million or EUR 1.6 million) for nine months to assist 36,800 families (or 184,000 …

18 Dec 2009 description

WFP's first Chinese Ambassador Against Hunger, the legendary gymnast Li Ning, visited Bangladesh recently to meet some of the 400,000 women and children who have received China's help through WFP.

by Anthea Webb

DHAKA - Li Ning made a three-day trip to Bangladesh in early December to see how food assistance supplied by China is given to WFP beneficiaries to support them as they undergo vocational training aimed at making them independent and less food insecure.

"Today I met women and children who struggle each day to get enough to eat.

16 Dec 2009 description

THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION,

Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

Having regard to Council Regulation (EC) No.1257/96 of 20 June 1996 concerning humanitarian aid 1 , and in particular Article 2 and Article 15(2) thereof;

Whereas:

(1) On 25 May 2009 cyclone AILA moved across the Bangladesh/India border affecting over 7 million people in the Western part of Bangladesh and the Indian state of West Bengal and destroying over 1 million homes.