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10 Oct 2017 description

UN report says natural disasters to become more destructive in Asia-Pacific without action on disaster resilience

Natural disasters are becoming more frequent and intense and disaster risk is outpacing resilience in Asia-Pacific, the most disaster-prone region in the world, according to the latest report by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).

21 Dec 2016 description

Opportunities for expanding successful technical and policy interventions towards achieving more rapid and sustainable development of the agriculture sector in Myanmar’s Dry Zone were highlighted at a dialogue here this week, participated by national and provincial policy makers, academics, civil society representatives, private sector experts and development practitioners.

10 Mar 2016 description

UN report calls for urgent actions to tackle rising urban disasters in Asia-Pacific

21 May 2015 description

Key findings

  • Over 2 million people died from natural disasters between 1970 and 2014 in Asia and the Pacific, or 56.6 per cent of the fatalities globally. Earthquakes and tsunamis were the main cause of deaths, despite their relatively infrequent occurrences.

  • 6 billion people from the region were affected by disasters over the same period, or 87.6 per cent of people affected globally. Floods and drought were not the deadliest disasters but affected the highest number of people at 5 billion.

15 Dec 2014 description

On 26 December 2004, the world experienced the Indian Ocean Tsunami, one of the deadliest natural disasters ever recorded. At an event held at the Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand last week, panelists took stock of the progress made in building greater resilience to disasters in Asia-Pacific, and also highlighted outstanding gaps and priorities for the way forward.

20 Feb 2012 description

South-East Asian Nations Call for Greater Investment in Disaster Risk Reduction to Protect Economic Growth Bangkok (UN ESCAP Strategic Communications and Advocacy Section) – The 2011 floods that caused unprecedented devastation across South-East Asia have highlighted the need for stepped up investment in disaster risk reduction to protect social and economic assets, top government officials from the subregion agreed at a United Nations forum here today.

06 Feb 2012 description

Bangkok (UN ESCAP Strategic Communications and Advocacy Section) – Government leaders, senior officials, civil society representatives and people living with HIV from 34 Asia-Pacific countries began three days of talks at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) Headquarters in Bangkok today to find ways to speed up progress towards an AIDS-free region, including by removing legal and policy barriers that hamper access to HIV services.

27 Jan 2012 description

Press Release No. G/01/2012

26 January 2012

YANGON, Myanmar (UN ESCAP Strategic Communications and Advocacy Section) - Following recent positive developments in Myanmar, the top United Nations Asia-Pacific official met with the President of Myanmar, H.E. U Thein Sein, at the outset of a two-day Government of Myanmar-ESCAP forum that will discuss the development of public private partnerships in responding to Myanmar’s development challenges.

13 Jan 2010 description

Media Advisory : N/01/2010

Bangladesh Prime Minister scheduled to address Dhaka event

Bangkok (UN ESCAP Information Services) - The United Nations is set to convene a meeting next week in Bangladesh to assess and develop a regional position for Asia and the Pacific ahead of a global review next year on progress made in assisting the world's least developed countries (LDCs).

From 18 to 20 January in Dhaka, ministers and senior government officials from15 countries will also seek to identify key issues requiring global and regional cooperation to further advance the objectives …

15 Dec 2009 description

Press Release No: G/105/2009

Nobel laureate Stiglitz leads expert discussions on restoring country as 'rice bowl of Asia'

Bangkok (UN/ESCAP Information Services) -- The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the Government of the Union of Myanmar today held a wide-ranging dialogue aimed at boosting the country's agricultural sector and to help it reclaim its status as the rice bowl of Asia.

At the invitation of ESCAP, Nobel Prize-winning economist Prof.

21 Aug 2009 description

Project in Partnership with China to be launched in Beijing on 24 August

Beijing (UN/ESCAP Information Services) - In the continuing effort to assist Asia-Pacific countries to combat food insecurity, the United Nations is partnering with China to promote hybrid rice technology in 12 developing countries in the region.

The project, Extension of Hybrid Rice Cultivation Technology for Food Security in the Asia-Pacific Region through South-South Cooperation, will be officially launched on 24 August in Beijing by Noeleen Heyzer, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the …

04 Aug 2009 description

Press Release No: G/53/2009

Bangkok (UN/ESCAP Information Services) - A team of statistical experts from the United Nations will be sent to Myanmar this month in order to organize a training workshop on national accounts, development goals reporting and computing human development indicators. The training is as a result of an official visit from the highest ranking UN official of the Asia Pacific region.

At the invitation of Mr. Htay Oo, Minister for Agriculture and Irrigation, Government of Myanmar, Dr.

28 Jul 2009 description

Press Release No: G/49/2009

Bangkok (UN/ESCAP Information Services) -- At the invitation of Mr. Htay Oo, Minister of Agriculture and Irrigation, the Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of ESCAP Dr. Noeleen Heyzer is visiting Myanmar to launch ESCAP's study on Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security. The agricultural economy is the most important sector in Myanmar and contributes 42 per cent of the country's GDP and 70 per cent of its labour force.

09 Feb 2009 description

Bangkok (ESCAP Information Services) - As the efforts to rebuild the communities in Myanmar affected by Cyclone Nargis move from emergency relief and early recovery stage towards medium-recovery, setting up the right framework is vitally important, the senior most United Nations official in the region says today.

Dr Noeleen Heyzer, UN Under-Secretary General and Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), made the remarks in a message delivered at the launch of The

28 Oct 2008 description

Press Release No: G/55/2008

ESCAP, ASEAN bring together experts to discuss future steps for recovery assistance to Myanmar

Bangkok (UN/ESCAP Information Services) - Six months after Cyclone Nargis struck Myanmar, key partners in the country's recovery process gathered in Bangkok to assess how to best strengthen their joint efforts to support inclusive and sustainable recovery there.

The two-day Regional High-level Expert Group Meeting on Post-Nargis recovery and Livelihood Opportunities in Myanmar was organized by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and …

13 Jun 2008 description

Press Release No. G/31/2008

Dr. Noeleen Heyzer, Under-Secretary-General, calls on ASEAN countries and donors for an immediate response

Bangkok (UN ESCAP Information Service) - Dr. Noeleen Heyzer, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) is calling for ASEAN countries, donors and traditional oil suppliers of Myanmar to assist the country's urgent needs for diesel to ensure timely plowing of rice fields in the Ayeyarwady Delta.

In a meeting with H. E.