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Strong growth in developing East Asia faces risks from global uncertainty and natural disasters
Press Release No:2012/160/EAP
Singapore, November 22, 2011 — Growth is still strong in developing East Asia, but continues to moderate mainly due to weakening external demand, underscoring the need for governments to refocus on reforms to increase domestic demand and productivity, says the World Bank in its latest East Asia and Pacific Economic Update released today.
The Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, speaking in Bali at the East Asia Summit, today outlined the practical steps Australia will take to assist South-East Asian countries to address the challenges of climate change.
These will include helping some South East Asian countries phase out inefficient incandescent light bulbs, improve coastal ecosystems and build the capacity of communities to respond to climate change in the region.
In this Issue
- AusAID Announces Support to Pacific Islands for Adaptation Initiatives
- Launch of National Climate Funds Guidebook
- UNDP's Work in Communities, Livelihoods and Markets
- Stories from Bangladesh, Tanzania, Cabe Verde, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Namibia, Mekong Asia Pacific Countries, Small Island Developing States
- Updates per Regions
- Status of UNDP-supported Adaptation Initiatives
Pacific island communities are exposed to a wide range of natural disasters, including cyclones, floods, landslides, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis, as well as to the adverse effects of climate change such as coastal erosion, saltwater intrusion into farmland and fresh water sources.
By Megan Rowling
LONDON (AlertNet) - Three Pacific island nations rank among the five countries most at risk of disasters, together with the Philippines and Guatemala, in a new index that measures social vulnerability as well as exposure to natural hazards and climate change.
Vanuatu and Tonga come first and second, with the Solomon Islands in fourth position. These low-lying Pacific island states are in a highly active seismic zone, as well as being under threat from sea-level rise, and judged to be poorly equipped to cope with disasters.
This year's World Humanitarian Day, Friday 19 August, comes at a time when the world mobilises to respond to the terrible humanitarian crisis in the Horn of Africa.
The Horn of Africa crisis has highlighted the devastating effects that protracted crises can have on the lives and livelihoods of people. Rising food prices, severe drought and a lack of food have compounded the effects of conflict and insecurity, leaving more than 12 million people in need of urgent humanitarian assistance.
In November 2010, the Government commissioned the first independent review of the aid program in 15 years. Its purpose was to assess the effectiveness of our current program and recommend how we can make it even better as it grows.
The "Independent Review of Aid Effectiveness" and the Government’s response were released on 6 July 2011 by Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd, in an official launch at Parliament House, followed by a Ministerial Statement to Parliament.
This is the 2nd edition of the Disaster Risk Management Program for Priority Countries, originally published by GFDRR in 2009. It now includes the country programs missing in the first edition (Burkina Faso, Malawi, Mali, Senegal, and Philippines 1) as well as an update of the DRM Country Program for Haiti (to take into account the impact of the January 2010 earthquake), Panama, Guatemala, Ecuador, Colombia, Costa Rica.