by Brigitte Leoni
NEW YORK, 6 November, 2018 - There were repeated calls for greater attention to the needs of those most vulnerable in disaster situations, at a high-level event yesterday to mark the 3rd edition of World Tsunami Awareness Day.
Assemblée générale Deuxième Commission
Soixante-treizième session, 10e et 11e séances – matin & après-midi
GENERAL ASSEMBLY SECOND COMMITTEE
SEVENTY-THIRD SESSION, 10TH & 11TH MEETINGS (AM & PM)
Destructive impacts of climate change like droughts, floods and increasingly severe storms are the primary culprits behind decreased farming output and rising hunger worldwide, speakers told the Second Committee (Economic and Financial), as it took up agriculture, food security and nutrition today.
Flooding on two southern islands last week was predicted by an environment impact assessment for a causeway proposed to connect the Hoadehdhoo and Madaveli islands.
Hoadehdhoo islanders dug out a section from the 440-meter causeway after swell surges flooded the island over the previous week. The MVR29 million (US$1.8 million) project was inaugurated by President Abdulla Yameen during a campaign trip in August.
Indonesia’s mountainous Sulawesi Island is famed for its many active volcanoes and numerous lakes. It is also an area of high seismic activity.
Agriculture plays a key role in supporting the local economy through the production of cocoa, coconut, rice, vegetables and fruit. Fishing, forestry and nickel mining are also major activities on the island which hosts national parks including the Bogani Nani Wartabone, home to many species endemic to the island.
From the editors
In her Foreword to this issue of FMR, the Special Rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons, Cecilia Jimenez-Damary, poses the question: Where do we go from here?
The change of government in the Maldives presents a huge opportunity to break with the repression and human rights violations of the past and chart a fresh course where human rights are at the heart of the policies and action of the new government, Amnesty International said today.
The 23 September 2018 presidential election saw the defeat of President Abdulla Yameen to the Joint Opposition candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih. Abdulla Yameen’s rule was marked by attacks on civil society, media workers, the political opposition and the judiciary.
The Japanese government donated medical equipment to the Maldives.
At a meeting held today in Ministry of Health, medical equipment worth 40 Million Maldivian Rufiyaa was agreed to be donated to the Health Sector of Maldives by the Government of Japan. The relevant documents were signed by Mr. Abe Masamichi (Counselor) from Embassy of Japan and Dr. Mohamed Shaafiee Abdul Munim, (Deputy Minister) from the Ministry of Health.
The equipment scheduled to be delivered in 2019 is planned to be distributed to IGMH and Atoll Health Facilities.
New Delhi, 7 September 2018: Countries in WHO South-East Asia resolved to accelerate efforts to control dengue which threatens nearly 1.3 billion people with frequent and largescale outbreaks, and control malaria, that continues to be endemic in the Region.
After the Centre declared the Kerala floods as a calamity of severe nature paving the way for national assistance in various forms, relief for the state has been announced by various Union Ministries. There is assistance coming from within and outside India
The devastating deluge in Kerala has been categorised by the Centre as a 'calamity of severe nature'..ever ready to come to its aid.
Several states have also lent a helping hand to the flood-ravaged state.
An estimated MVR1 million (US$65,000) worth of damage was caused to Dhaalu Bandidhoo island after it was hit by a tropical cyclone on Tuesday, local media reported.
The cyclone, with heavy rains and strong winds, hit at around 11:30am and blew away roofs of several buildings including houses, an ancient mosque and the school hall.
Island council member Umar Zahir said that 12 palm trees and five large trees were uprooted, but that nobody was injured.
He said details of the damage have been shared with nearby resorts and the National Disaster Management Centre.
New Delhi, 3 August 2018: In a significant win against childhood killer diseases, two countries of WHO South-East Asia Region, DPR Korea and Timor-Leste, were today verified for eliminating measles, and six countries certified for controlling rubella and congenital rubella syndrome, two years ahead of the target year 2020.
“These achievements demonstrate the commitment and resolve of countries in the Region towards health of women and children, and for universal health coverage”, said Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director WHO South-East Asia.
Global Overview JULY 2018
Cases of dengue, flu, viral fever and influenza spiked in the Maldives earlier this year.
The Health Protection Agency reported a drop in the spread of communicable diseases for June.
Earlier this year the HPA urged people to take precautions as dengue, flu, viral fever and influenza increased across the Maldives.
There was at least one fatality in an influenza outbreak as hundreds of people sought flu and viral fever treatment every day.
The last several years have been exciting and eventful for UNDP, as the organization repositions itself to meet the ambitions of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the demands of UN Member States to reform the UN development system. Both are about significant changes aimed at a new course for development, one that supports people and the planet, and that meets the challenges and opportunities of our complex, rapidly changing world.
New Delhi, 17 July 2018 – Lauding efforts being made by countries to save more and more lives through immunization, including during public health emergencies, World Health Organization today called for further accelerating efforts to reach the nearly five million unvaccinated children in WHO South-East Asia Region.
Lord Ahmad publishes Annual Human Rights Report 2017
Minister for Human Rights Lord Tariq Ahmad of Wimbledon, publishes the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s 2017 Annual Human Rights and Democracy Report.
Today (16 July) Lord Ahmad, the Minister for Human Rights Lord Tariq Ahmad of Wimbledon, publishes the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s 2017 Annual Human Rights and Democracy Report.