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20 Oct 2009 description

Executive summary

The Asia Pacific region is home to more than half of the world's population, the majority of whom are poor and among the most disadvantaged in the world. Some 600 million women, men and children in the region live below the USD 1 a day poverty line, while 1.8 billion survive on less than USD 2 a day. Compounding the situation, the region is also highly disaster-prone. The diversity, scale and frequency of natural disasters across the region are daunting.

20 Oct 2009 description

Executive summary

In the context of the Asia Pacific zone, its demographic, socio-economic and environmental trends, and the International Federation's strategic priorities, the Pacific region covers a vast geographical area comprising thousands of islands and atolls. The majority of Pacific island countries contend with the challenges of smallness and geographic isolation. The Pacific island countries are the most heavily aid-assisted part of the world on a per capita basis.

08 Oct 2009 description

Welcome to the cluster meeting of the UNDP Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific.

At the outset, let me express my thanks to the Royal Government of Thailand for agreeing to host both this meeting here in Pattaya, and the launch of the 2009 Human Development Report on migration which took place in Bangkok on Monday. We are very appreciative of the hospitality of the government and people of Thailand.

I am also very grateful that H.E. Mr. Sisoulith, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lao People's Democratic Republic, has made time to be with us.

10 Sep 2009 description

Training is being held in Vanuatu aimed at improving the disaster response efforts of teachers.

UNICEF and Save the Children are co-hosting a workshop in Port Vila, with delegations travelling from Fiji, Kiribati and the Solomon Islands.

Donner Herder from UNICEF's Pacific headquarters in Suva told Radio Australia's Pacific Beat program the training will help teachers handle children during and after a disaster.

"Children are more vulnerable," she said.

"They're not aware of what's happening in a disaster."

"Teachers need to be …

27 Aug 2009 description
report UN General Assembly

Sixty-fourth session
Item 72 (a) of the provisional agenda
Strengthening of the coordination of humanitarian and
disaster relief assistance of the United Nations, including
special economic assistance: strengthening of the coordination

07 Jul 2009 description

This report covers the period 1 January 2009 to 30 June 2009.

In brief

Programme summary:

The Pacific regional office works with and supports a total of 12 national societies and two in formation in the region, including Australia, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati Islands, Marshall Islands, New Zealand, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.

In this reporting period, the regional office continues to engage with national societies in the region on disaster management, health and care as well as organizational …

06 Jul 2009 description
report Oxfam

Climate change is damaging people's lives today. Even if world leaders agree the strictest possible curbs on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, the prospects are very bleak for hundreds of millions of people, most of them among the world's poorest. This paper puts the dramatic stories of some of those people alongside the latest science on the impacts of climate change on humans. Together they explain why climate change is fundamentally a development crisis.

06 Jul 2009 description
report Oxfam

As Prime Minister Kevin Rudd heads off to major international meetings with climate change high on the agenda this week, a new report reveals that seasons which were once distinct are shifting, destroying harvests and causing widespread hunger.

This is just one of the multiple impacts of climate change taking their toll on the world's poorest people, according to the Oxfam report 'Suffering the Science - Climate Change, People and Poverty'.

The report's release comes ahead of the G8 …

15 May 2009 description
report Xinhua

BEIJING, May 15, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- China has provided 13.4 million U.S. dollars in humanitarian emergency aid to ten countries so far this year, said Yao Jian, spokesman for the China's Ministry of Commerce (MOC) Friday.

China provided 5 million U.S.