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14 Dec 2018 description

In a report released this week during the UN climate change summit in Poland, the UN Environment Programme warned of a widening gap between the cost of adaptation in developing countries – as much as $500 billion annually by 2050 – and what wealthier nations have promised.

18 Mar 2013 description

Alleviating poverty through Disaster Risk Reduction in North-West Bangladesh

Context Bangladesh is one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world.
Natural disasters such as floods, droughts, cyclones and tornadoes regularly occur, destroying wealth, lives and the environment.
Development in the north-west of the country is particularly vulnerable to such damage. The Kurigram and Lalmonirhat districts are surrounded by the mighty rivers Tista, Bramaputra, Dhrala, Dudhkumar.


16 Apr 2012 description

Andrew Mitchell's speech held at Willis Re focussed on helping poor countries to build up their resilience to the impacts of climate change

Thank you Rowan and thank you to Willis Re for hosting us all this evening. It’s wonderful to be able to address you here. Willis Re has a proud history that spans nearly two centuries. During its lifetime, it has seen the world change beyond recognition.

07 Dec 2010 description

Glaciers in Southern South America and Alaska Melting Faster than those in Europe, says new UNEP Report

Scientists Warn that Many Low-Lying Ones Vital for Dryland Communities May Disappear Over Coming Decades

News Comes as Norway Announces Funding for Himalayan Climate Adaptation Initiative

Cancún/ Nairobi/Oslo, 7 December 2010-Glaciers in Patagonia which cover parts of Argentina and Chile followed by ones in Alaska and its coastal mountain ranges have overall been losing mass faster and for longer than glaciers in other parts of the world.

22 Jul 2010 description

DHAKA, 22 July 2010 (IRIN) - Rising unemployment and food prices and a sluggish economy are taking their toll on Bangladesh, where a growing number of people are struggling to survive.

"If I do not get work tomorrow or become ill, all my family members will go hungry," said Nur Islam, a 45-year-old Dhaka resident who hauls a rickshaw around town for US$3 a day to feed his wife and three children.

About 40 percent of Bangladesh's 160 million people live on less than $1 a day and are food insecure, according to government figures, and a rapidly expanding population - …

08 Jul 2010 description

Sonali Huria

Research Officer, IPCS

e-mail: sonali@ipcs.org

Bangladesh, Cambodia and the Maldives recently signed an agreement with the European Union (EU), which is aimed at assisting developing countries, particularly Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in Asia to battle the onslaught of climate change. As per the agreement, the EU will provide 13.5 million Euros to the three countries, of which the biggest chunk, 8.5 million, will be granted to Bangladesh with the remaining amount being distributed among the other two.

16 May 2010 description

DHAKA, MAY 16 -- U.S. Ambassador James F. Moriarty and Dr. Mozammel Hossain, MP jointly inaugurated two new schools cum cyclone shelters in Sharankhola Upazila of Bagerhat District today. These two new cyclone shelters can accommodate approximately 3,000 people during a cyclone and will provide classroom space to 200 students. The U.S. Government donated Taka 3.47 crore to construct these two shelters and the project was co-managed by the Bangladesh Local Government Engineering Department and CARE Bangladesh.

The U.S.

10 May 2010 description

World rice prices dropped during 2010

Bangkok - FAO's estimate of global rice paddy production in 2009 now stands at 680 million tones, 1 percent below the 2008 outstanding harvest, with much of the reduction being on account of Asia, where crops were impaired by erratic monsoon rains and the resurgence of El Niño conditions.

30 Apr 2010 description

This report covers the period 1 January 2009 to 31 December 2009

In brief

Programmes' purpose:

Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS) activities are aimed at strengthening BDRCS's capacity in disaster response and preparedness for response, as well as community-based disaster preparedness, disaster mitigation and disaster risk reduction.

The health and care programme addresses a range of issues such as HIV (as part of the Global Alliance on HIV), community-based health, emergency health, as well as issues such as measles, as well as avian and human influenza to improve …

29 Apr 2010 description

Hunger Alert Case: AHRC-HAG-002-2010

Dear friends,

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information regarding elderly widows suffering from food and health insecurity. There has been no assistance from the government despite them being entitled to be beneficiaries of the social security programs. The corrupt public representatives, and servants in charge of implementation of the programs have deprived the elderly widows of their rights.

22 Apr 2010 description

2009 was a year of change. Entering into the second decade of this century and facing the fifty year anniversary of the institution-50 years of saving lives-ICDDR,B looks forward to the challenges that lie ahead. In 2009 we have continued to grow, finalising a new strategic plan that will not only ensure that the best research is available to inform health policy and practice, but also enabling innovative research to drive health improvements in Bangladesh and beyond.

06 Apr 2010 description
report UN Children's Fund

Dhaka, 6 April 2010: Getting children back to school immediately after emergency is not an option but an imperative, education experts and government officials agreed today in a national consultation titled "Education in Emergencies - A National Priority" in Dhaka.

Organised by the Education in Emergency Cluster in Bangladesh, the UNICEF-supported consultation was attended by Dr. Md. Asraful Amin, Minister for Primary and Mass Education, as the chief guest and two Secretaries as special guests: Md. Mokhlesur Rahman, Ministry of Food and Disaster Management and Abu Alam Md.

22 Mar 2010 description
report BioMed Central

Abstract (provisional)


Alteration of natural or historical aquatic flows can have unintended consequences for regions where waterborne diseases are endemic and where the epidemiologic implications of such changes are poorly understood.

07 Mar 2010 description

DHAKA 7 March 2010- The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) thanked the Government of Japan on Sunday for a generous cash donation of US$7 million (48 Crore) of food assistance, that will also help poor communities prepare and mitigate the impact of natural disasters.

The donation allowed the purchase of nearly 28,000 metric tons of wheat that will assist 60,000 extremely poor households - some 300,000 people - to reduce their exposure to disasters by involving them in food-for-work schemes that will make their communities more resilient.

Projects will include raising …

31 Dec 2009 description
report NIRAPAD

In this Issue

NIRAPAD: Activities and Achievements in the Year 2009

Accountability in Emergencies and Impact Measurement Bengali Version of 'Good Enough Guide': Contribution to ECB Project

Emergency Preparedness Planning (EPP) Guideline for Partner NGOs of 'SHOUHARDO' Program, CARE - Bangladesh

Youth and Adolescent Led Disaster Management Module Development and Training of Trainer Implementation:

Technical Support to SHAPLA NEER

Research Project through NIRAPAD, Funded by ProVention People-centred Early Warning Dissemination Mechanism for Flash Floods in …

31 Dec 2009 description

DHAKA, 31 December 2009 (IRIN) - Low-lying Bangladesh with its 230 rivers and dense population of over 150 million has long been prone to flooding, soil erosion and saltwater intrusion, but climate change could aggravate the situation, experts and government officials warn.

In a report entitled A Global Report: Reducing Disaster Risk: A Challenge for Development, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) has identified Bangladesh as the country most vulnerable to tropical cyclones and sixth most vulnerable to floods.

According to data from the government's Centre for Environmental and …

31 Dec 2009 description

In brief

Programme summary:

The second half of 2009 has been a very busy but productive period as the Asia Pacific zone office has responded to multiple disasters simultaneously, while carrying forward its aim to introduce several new initiatives designed to increase the impact of its work with Asia Pacific national societies.

22 Dec 2009 description


18 Dec 2009 description

WFP's first Chinese Ambassador Against Hunger, the legendary gymnast Li Ning, visited Bangladesh recently to meet some of the 400,000 women and children who have received China's help through WFP.

by Anthea Webb

DHAKA - Li Ning made a three-day trip to Bangladesh in early December to see how food assistance supplied by China is given to WFP beneficiaries to support them as they undergo vocational training aimed at making them independent and less food insecure.

"Today I met women and children who struggle each day to get enough to eat.

15 Dec 2009 description
report Oxfam

Verdict Delivered At World's First International Climate Hearing

Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Mary Robinson, former UN Commissioner for Human Rights, delivered a global verdict on the human cost of climate change today.

The judgment was passed at the world's first international climate hearing, hosted by Oxfam during Humanitarian Day at the Copenhagen Climate Summit.