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15 Dec 2017 description

By Andy McElroy

BANGKOK, 15 December 2017 – Governments and stakeholder partners from across Asia have renewed their commitment to a substantial increase in the number of countries with national and local disaster risk reduction strategies by 2020.

The call for action on Target (e) of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the global plan to reduce disaster losses, was made this week at the ISDR Asia Partnership (IAP), an inter-governmental and stakeholder forum that meets biannually.

08 Dec 2017 description
report Inter Press Service

By Thalif Deen

UNITED NATIONS, Dec 8 2017 (IPS) - The 44-member Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) represents some of the world’s most vulnerable island nations fighting a virtually losing battle against rising sea levels triggered by global warming and climate change.

A negotiating voice of Small Island Developing States (SIDS), AOSIS has membership
drawn from all oceans and regions of the world, including Africa, Caribbean, Indian Ocean, Mediterranean, Pacific and South China Sea.

05 Dec 2017 description
report Times of India
  • Tropical Cyclone OCKHI continued moving over the east central Arabian Sea, weakening and heading toward the northwestern coast of India. On 5 December at 0.00 UTC its centre was located 300 km south-west of Mumbai city (Maharashtra State) and 470 km south-west of Surat city (Gujarat State) with maximum sustained winds speed of 111 km/h (Tropical Storm).

05 Dec 2017 description

A bout of extreme weather during the weekend caused damage to households and property in 62 islands across the Maldives.

Heavy rainfall caused flooding on 36 islands, strong winds tore off roofs and felled trees on 22 islands, and swells were reported from four islands, the National Disaster Management Centre told local media.

The flooding did not cause extensive damage in any of the affected households, according to the NDMC, but residents of three homes on the island of Hinnavaru and one on Naifaru in the northern Lhaviyani atoll were temporarily relocated.

01 Dec 2017 description


The auxiliary role provides essential space for dialogue and mutually beneficial relations between National Societies and public authorities. This Guide to the Auxiliary Role is designed to help external actors, particularly public authorities, develop their understanding of the auxiliary role and strategies to enhance their partnerships with National Societies.

29 Nov 2017 description

One of the key humanitarian concerns for many migrants in the Asia Pacific region is the ability to live and work in safe and healthy conditions and to enjoy access to health services and expect health outcomes similar to those of the rest of the population.

09 Nov 2017 description

Australia and New Zealand connect with UNDP and Small Island Developing States to build next-generation climate resilience projects

Einstein pointed out that “the most incomprehensible thing about the universe is that it is comprehensible.” When sea-levels rise, resources run thin and politics enters the conversation, however, our comprehension of the universe can become overly complex.

This is especially true when addressing climate change impacts on the world’s Small Island Developing States.

03 Nov 2017 description

By Brigitte Leoni

New York, 3 November, 2017 - There needs to be an urgent shift from managing disasters to managing disaster risk, according to the UN Deputy Secretary- General, Ms. Amina J. Mohammed, speaking to a High Level Panel this week in New York.

The panel was convened to mark World Tsunami Awareness Day on November 5 and featured representatives from some of the world’s most disaster exposed countries including Chile, Japan, Indonesia and the Maldives.

02 Nov 2017 description
report Voice of America

By Margaret Besheer

UNITED NATIONS — “Like a monster, it destroys everything.”

That’s how one school girl from a Pacific Island nation described a tsunami.

On Dec. 26, 2004, a magnitude-9.1 earthquake in Indonesia set off a massive tsunami which killed more than 230,000 people across four countries and cost an estimated $10 billion in damages.

Nov. 5 is World Tsunami Awareness Day and at the United Nations Wednesday, disaster risk reduction was high on the agenda.

27 Oct 2017 description

By David Singh

GENEVA, 27 October: The build up to World Tsunami Awareness Day on November 5 started in earnest today with a high-level gathering of tsunami-affected countries discussing how to reduce tsunami risk

“In Japan we say be prepared and have no regrets,” said Mr. M. Teru Fukui, Member of Japan’s House of Representatives during the panel discussion today on ‘Reducing the number of disaster affected people’ at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

25 Oct 2017 description

As of August 2017:

  • 30 out of 37 countries in the UNFPA Asia-Pacific region completed at least one violence against women (VAW) prevalence survey

  • 4 countries have completed more than one national VAW prevalence survey with comparable methods

  • 26 countries have national statistics on intimate partner violence

24 Oct 2017 description



In rebounding from the devastating effects of natural disasters, middle‑income countries needed access to multilateral financing and support for a risk‑informed, resilient approach to hazards, speakers highlighted in a special meeting of the Economic and Social Council on the aftermath of recent hurricanes.

19 Oct 2017 description

The Inter-Parliamentary Union has expressed concern over human rights violation against opposition lawmakers in the Maldives.

In a press statement
Wednesday, the global organisation of national parliaments called for a fact-finding mission by its Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians and noted appreciation for an offer made by the Maldivian authorities to grant a visit in the near future.

18 Oct 2017 description

This paper presents a conceptual framework for the study of the vulnerability of Bhutan, Maldives, and Nepal with a particular focus on the structural vulnerability.

17 Oct 2017 description
report European Union

On Monday 16 October 2017 the Council adopted the EU Annual Report on Human Rights And Democracy in the World in 2016.

2016 was a challenging year for human rights and democracy, with a shrinking space for civil society and complex humanitarian and political crises emerging. In this context, the European Union showed leadership and remained strongly committed to promote and protect human rights and democracy across the world.

02 Oct 2017 description

Over 500 school children and nearly 100 teachers and administration staff of Gaafu Alif Atoll Education Centre in Villingili island have been undergoing an intense tsunami education and awareness programme, culminating in a tsunami evacuation drill today.

In an island that was devastated by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, school children learned through educational activities how to recognize warning signs, respond and prepare for a tsunami. Many of them were born after the great tsunami but the memories that their parents and grandparents carry are still vivid.

29 Sep 2017 description


573 Armenia, Maldives, Sri Lanka and Kyrgyzstan certified malaria-free

578 Malaria elimination: report from the inaugural global forum of countries with potential to eliminate malaria by 2020

586 Monthly report on dracunculiasis cases, January-August 2017


573 Arménie, Maldives, Sri Lanka et Kirghizistan certifiés exempts de paludisme

578 Elimination du paludisme: rapport du forum mondial inaugural des pays en mesure d’éliminer le paludisme d’ici à 2020

24 Sep 2017 description
report UN General Assembly


Assemblée générale Plénière
Soixante-douzième session, 19e à 22e séances plénières, Matin, après-midi & soir,

Le Ministre des affaires étrangères de la République populaire démocratique de Corée affirme que son programme nucléaire est purement dissuasif

Moyen-Orient, Soudan du Sud, Yémen, Myanmar et essor du terrorisme: face à la multiplication des conflits et des défis sur la scène internationale, de nombreux États Membres ont appelé aujourd’hui à une réforme urgente de l’Organisation des Nations Unies.

24 Sep 2017 description
report UN General Assembly


General Assembly Plenary
Seventy-second Session, 19th to 22nd Meetings (AM, PM & Night)

Small Island States Concerned about Access to Financial Markets, Illegal Fishing

Security, human rights and international law took centre stage at the General Assembly today, with States diverging over how best to preserve their stability in the face of existential threats, as the 193-member body entered the fifth day of its annual high-level debate.