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10 Mar 2016 description

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

23 Oct 2012 description
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UN report finds disasters taking heavy toll on economic development in Asia-Pacific

YOGYAKARTA, INDONESIA, 23 October 2012 - A UN Report released today at the opening of the Fifth Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk reduction shows that Asia and the Pacific is paying a huge price for extreme weather events which are now impacting negatively on the continent's economic development.

18 Oct 2011 description

Bangkok (UN ESCAP Strategic Communications and Advocacy Section) – The top United Nations official in the Asia-Pacific region today expressed grave concern over the unprecedented loss of life and livelihoods caused by heavy monsoon rains and tropical storms in South-East Asia and reiterated continued United Nations support to affected countries in improving resilience to natural disasters.

01 Jul 2011 description

Date: 1 July 2011
Press Release No: G/27/2011

Bangkok (UN ESCAP Strategic Communications and Advocacy Section) – Asia-Pacific countries ended three days of talks at a United Nations forum here today, agreeing to work more closely together on disaster risk reduction and make this central to national development strategies.

31 Mar 2011 description

High food prices prevented nearly 20 million people emerge from poverty in Asia and the Pacific

ESCAP study warns food inflation can delay MDG 1 achievement by 5 years

Bangkok (UN ESCAP Information Services) - High food prices prevented 19.4 million people in the Asia-Pacific region from climbing out of poverty last year and persisting food and oil inflation can keep up to an extra 42 million people poor in the region, a new United Nations study released today said.

An assessment by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) warns that rising …

11 Nov 2010 description

Press Release No: G/58/2010

Regional High-Level Expert Group Meets to Reduce Flood Disaster Risk in PakistanBangkok (UN ESCAP Information Services) -- After unprecedented floods in Pakistan killed 1,974 people, damaged 1.65 million houses, and destroyed 2.24 million hectares of crop land earlier this year, the United Nations has continued to partner with of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan to help the country increase flood resiliency.

The Regional High-Level Expert Group Meeting, organized by United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the United …

14 Oct 2009 description

JOINT PRESS RELEASE

2009 Asia Pacific Joint Regional Celebrations

United Nations International Day for Disaster Reduction and ASEAN Disaster Management Day

Strengthening Regional Cooperation towards Hospitals Safety

14 October 2009

Hospitals and health facilities are in the frontline when floods, hurricanes, cyclones, and earthquakes strike. It has been estimated that, for not integrating disaster risk reduction and safety measures as part of their design, construction and functionality, more than 90,000 hospitals and other health facilities in the world's 49 least …

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 …

24 Apr 2009 description

Press Release No: G/31/2009

ESCAP study proposes actions by Asia Pacific to improve food security

Bangkok (UN/ESCAP Information Services) - Any recovery from the current economic crisis will be incomplete if the related food crisis is not addressed, says a new UN study.

The report, Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security in Asia and the Pacific, was launched today by the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) - the regional arm of the UN.