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10 Jul 2017 description

Armed clashes in Baghlan, Kapisa, Kunduz and Nangarhar provinces have displaced more than 20,200 people. Since January 2017, more than 146,400 people were driven from their homes due to conflict across Afghanistan. This is one quarter less compared to the same period in 2016, in which 196,112 people were displaced. Some 58 per cent of all displaced people are girls and boys under 18 years old. Displacement has been reported in 29 out of the 34 provinces.

08 Feb 2017 description

At times of upheaval, pregnancy-related deaths and sexual violence increase. Reproductive health services—including prenatal care, skilled attendance at birth and emergency obstetric care—are often impacted and sometimes unavailable. Young people become more vulnerable to unsafe sex leading to HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, and sexual exploitation. And many wom- en lose access to family planning services, exposing them to unwanted pregnancy in perilous conditions.

02 Feb 2017 description

Recent emergencies in Philippines, Nepal and Haiti show the value of sound construction

When a natural disaster hits an SOS Children’s Village, the ability of its infrastructure to resist the forces of nature is crucial to keep the children and staff safe. That no fatalities due to natural disaster have been reported in the history of the organisation is testimony to the construction standards it maintains.

27 Nov 2015 description

QUEZON CITY, Nov. 28 -- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Australian government are set to launch a partnership project that will enhance the DSWD’s capacity in responding to natural disasters and other emergencies.

The launch, which includes the groundbreaking for a new warehouse, will be held on December 3 at the National Resource Operations Center (NROC) in Pasay City.

22 Jul 2015 description

1) PAKISTAN - Severe weather
• Heavy rain affected several areas of Pakistan over the last week, triggered river and lake overflow in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and Punjab provinces, affecting mostly the district of Chitral in northern KP.
• As of 19 July, the Provincial Disaster Management reports two people dead and widespread infrastructure damage. As a result, nearly 200,000 people are affected in Chitral, according to media, as of 21 July.

20 Jul 2015 description

The Urban Climate Change Resilience Trust Fund is a partnership among the U.S. Agency for International Development, the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development, the Asian Development Bank and the Rockefeller Foundation to help build resilience against the impacts of extreme weather events and weather-related changes that affect the urban poor in medium-sized Asian cities. The fund provides supplemental grants for investment projects, technical assistance and other support.

25 Nov 2013 description
report Islamic Relief

Much-needed humanitarian aid is pouring in to the Philippines in the wake of super typhoon Haiyan. The international community has once again united to help the millions whose lives were shattered by the deadly storm. But, amidst the emergency response – we must also heed this enormous wake-up call. We must make sure that the world’s poorest people no longer bear the brunt of the global problem of climate change.

03 Jan 2013 description

Typhoon Bopha hits Philippines banana harvest hard

About one quarter of the banana crop in the Philippines, a major food export for that country, has been destroyed by Typhoon Bopha, according to early damage assessments. Furthermore, banana growers fear the storm may have served to spread “Panama Disease,” which has been described by some researchers as “one of the most destructive plant diseases in modern times.”

26 Jan 2012 description
report UN Radio

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Four Asian countries are receiving $35 million from a United Nations emergency fund which supports underfunded or forgotten humanitarian crises.
In total 13 countries, mainly in Africa, will share $104 million from the UN’s Central Emergency Response Fund or CERF.

21 Dec 2011 description
report Save the Children

Save the Children is urging New Zealanders to invest in a fund that can help the organisation be more prepared and better able to help save children’s lives.
Every year, around 60 million children are affected by emergencies and every time disaster strikes, Save the Children must race against time to save lives.

CEO of Save the Children New Zealand Liz Gibbs said children are always the most in need during and after a disaster.

15 Oct 2011 description
report Caritas

Monsoon rains and typhoons have inundated large areas of Asia, particularly in the Philippines, Cambodia, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. Thousands of people have fled their homes; others are living on roofs. Caritas teams are distributing aid and helping families recover when their homes are damaged and their crops swept away.

23 Feb 2010 description

Members of the Human Rights Council (HRC) have on numerous occasions lauded the contributions of non-governmental organizations and their importance for the Council's work, yet the Council has been light on action to back up these words in response to situations in which human rights defenders (HRDs) are being targeted. In the Asian region, defenders face harassment, surveillance, reprisals, arbitrary detention, torture, forced disappearance and even summary execution.

16 Feb 2010 description

With the number of journalists killed worldwide surging to 70 last year, Robert Mahoney, Deputy Director of the Committee to Protect Journalists called for stronger action by the United Nations, as he announced the release of his group's annual report this morning.

"It's a pretty grim picture," Mr.

06 Oct 2009 description

Rescue efforts were winding down and emergency relief getting into full gear in response to the successive natural disasters that recently hit Asia and the Pacific, John Holmes, Emergency Relief Coordinator, told correspondents at Headquarters this afternoon.

"It's a very bad time for this region, with different disasters, not linked to each other, but coming together in this tragic way," said Mr.

22 Sep 2009 description

Document id: ALRC-COS-12-10-2009
Speaker: Michael Anthony