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10 Dec 2018 description
report World Bank, GFDRR

Katowice, 09-10. December 2018 – During the UN Climate Change Conference 2018 (COP24) in Katowice, Poland, high-level representatives and experts from V20 and G20 countries, international organizations, private sector and academia convened under the InsuResilience Global Partnership to advance financial protection for poor and vulnerable people and countries.

10 Dec 2018 description

Sri Lanka reiterated its commitment to creating a mine-free Sri Lanka by 2020 at the 17th Meeting of the State Parties to the Mine Ban Convention (Ottawa Convention) organised by the International Centre for Humanitarian Demining in the United Nations Complex in Geneva.The Progress Report on Demining was tabled at the meeting and it was commended by the international community as originally 1,302 Sq.km of land extent was identified as a suspected and known contaminated area immediately after the war.

10 Dec 2018 description

Human rights defenders defy repression amid some hopes in South Asia

07 Dec 2018 description


The El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) is like tango, it takes two — the ocean and the atmosphere — to complete. This year, despite widespread above-average sea surface temperatures (SSTs) across the equatorial Pacific Ocean, the atmosphere has not yet responded. Therefore, only “ENSO-neutral” conditions have prevailed in the region so far.

Although the stage is set for the tango, ENSO may or may not materialize, or just slightly influence some parts of the region.

07 Dec 2018 description
infographic Insecurity Insight

This overview document presents 416 safety, security and access incidents affecting aid delivery in 18 countries in Asia between January 2017 and June 2018. The report is based on incidents identified in open sources and reported by Aid in Danger partner agencies using the Security in Numbers Database (SiND). The focus is on countries where possible changing or emerging risks can be identified. The total number of reported incidents below reflects the willingness of agencies to share information. It is neither a complete count nor representative.

05 Dec 2018 description
report Germanwatch

Who suffers Most from Extreme Weather Events? Weather-related Loss Events in 2017 and 1998 to 2017

The Global Climate Risk Index 2019 analyses to what extent countries and regions have been affected by impacts of weather-related loss events (storms, floods, heat waves etc.). The most recent data available — for 2017 and from 1998 to 2017 — were taken into account.

The countries and territories affected most in 2017 were Puerto Rico, Sri Lanka as well as Dominica. For the period from 1998 to 2017 Puerto Rico, Honduras and Myanmar rank highest.

04 Dec 2018 description

Last week, in South and Southeast Asia, there was an increase in demonstrations while organized violence remained static overall. The week was marked by two Taliban attacks on foreign forces in Afghanistan, large-scale farmer protests in India, a surge of pre-election violence in Bangladesh, and a significant increase in separatist violence in southern Thailand.

03 Dec 2018 description

Eight years on from the end of armed conflict in Sri Lanka, the country is grappling with the legacy of massive human rights abuses committed during the war. As it does so, sexual violence against men and boys has only recently been recognised as among the violations that took place.

However, the issue remains little understood and responses have so far been even less adequate than for other serious violations of international human rights and humanitarian law committed by all parties to the conflict.

29 Nov 2018 description

AIDMI's publication of SouthasiadisaAIDMI's publication of Southasiadisasters.net is titled "Understanding Recovery in Andaman and Nicobar Islands" and highlights the various aspects of the post–tsumani recovery process there.

27 Nov 2018 description

Last week in Asia, overall levels of both organized violence and demonstrations declined across the South and Southeast Asia regions. Key developments include deadly suicide attacks in Afghanistan and Pakistan, a high number of rebel attacks across India, and separatist violence in southern Thailand.

26 Nov 2018 description

COLOMBO – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Sri Lanka embarked on a new joint project today to improve women’s nutrition and promote gender equality and women’s empowerment in Sri Lanka by providing critical information and services on sexual and reproductive health, nutrition and food security over the next year.