By Andy McElroy
BANGKOK, 15 December 2017 – Governments and stakeholder partners from across Asia have renewed their commitment to a substantial increase in the number of countries with national and local disaster risk reduction strategies by 2020.
The call for action on Target (e) of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the global plan to reduce disaster losses, was made this week at the ISDR Asia Partnership (IAP), an inter-governmental and stakeholder forum that meets biannually.
Bangkok, Thailand, December 14 2017 – This week during Asia Pacific Climate Week, UNDP launched a Guidance Note on how to create and refine Climate Change Financing Frameworks – the flagship product of UNDP's Strengthening the Governance of Climate Change Finance Programme (GCCF).
Delegates from the International committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) briefed the Chinese Academy of Governance (CAG) and Blue Sky Rescue Team staffs on humanitarian principles and practices on Nov. 27th and 28th during an emergency management training session at CAG in Beijing. This was part of the three-week International Short-term Program on Emergency Management organized by National Institute of Emergency Management of CAG.
Energizing sustainable development: launch of new publication highlights the role of energy in meeting the Sustainable Development Goals and mitigating climate change
December 13 2017, Bangkok – As UN agencies gather under the banner of Climate Week in Bangkok, the UN Development Programme has launched a new publication connecting the dots between energy, poverty, and climate change action.
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First EMARIS Conference and Fourth Meeting in Jordan
BEIJING, Dec. 11 (Xinhua) -- The Chinese central government has allocated 5.7 billion yuan (about 865.6 million U.S. dollars) in relief funds to help people in disaster-hit regions get through the winter.
The fund will help solve difficulties caused by disasters, including food shortages and inadequate clothing and heating, during winter and spring, according to a statement from the Ministry of Civil Affairs.
County-level authorities must make sure the money reaches those in need within 15 working days of receiving the funds, said the statement.
To assist South Asia with post disaster response due to the recent flooding and population displacements in the region, the Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) of the People’s Republic of China has partnered with the United Nations Development programme (UNDP), to provide US $12 million to support early recovery efforts in Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Nepal.
↗ International prices of wheat and maize remained relatively stable in November, reflecting good supply conditions, while export quotations of rice strengthened amid increased buying interest and currency movements.
Summary of the situation
Between October 2016 and September 2017, countries of the European Region reported 15,941 confirmed measles cases; 86% (n=13,712) of these cases were reported in 2017. In this period, the highest incidence was reported in Romania (252.4 cases per 1 million population), followed by Italy (82.4 cases per 1 million population) and Tajikistan (77.3 cases per 1 million population). In 2017, there were 20 measles deaths, including 10 reported in Romania.
NAY PYI TAW, Myanmar 8 December 2017 – Representatives from Cambodia, China, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam today called for accelerated action to eliminate malaria in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) by the year 2030.
The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) is a weekly bulletin for epidemiologists and health professionals on active public health threats. This issue covers the period 3-9 December and includes updates on influenza, Listeria monocytogenes IVb, measles, MERS-CoV, plague, poliomyelitis, rubella, and yellow fever.
Le Gouvernement centrafricain et la MINUSCA ont réaffirmé mercredi l’importance de communiquer sur le partenariat entre les deux institutions, à l’occasion de leur conférence de presse conjointe tenue à Bangui, au siège de Radio Centrafrique.
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Dengue in Sudan
The Federal Ministry of Health in Sudan has recently reported an increase in suspected dengue fever cases during the period of epi week 40 and 47. A total of 90 suspected cases including 2 deaths (CFR: 2.2%) were reported across the states of Khartoum, Kassala, East Darfur, West Darfur, South Kordofan and Red Sea. The highest number of cases (80 suspected cases with no associated death) was reported in Kassala state.
The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) is a weekly bulletin for epidemiologists and health professionals on active public health threats. This issue covers the period 26 November - 2 December 2017 and includes updates on influenza, plague, monkeypox, yellow fever, chikungunya, dengue and Zika.
MANILA, Nov. 21 -- Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Spokesperson Major General Restituto Padilla, Jr. assured that Marawi is on the road to normalcy with rehabilitation and clearing operations now progressing.
"We have opened nine barangays for the return of our residents there following the protocol that was established by the local government," the AFP spokesperson said during the Bangon Marawi press briefing in Malacanang on Friday.
San Salvador, 29 de noviembre de 2017. La ministra de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (MARN), Lina Pohl, presentó los resultados del entrenamiento que 4 técnicos del Ministerio realizaron sobre Sistemas de Información Geográfica (SIG) en Taiwán, como parte de los proyectos que se ejecutan con la cooperación de la nación asiática.
TEHRAN – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomes China’s contribution to provide food assistance to Afghan and Iraqi refugees and promote education for refugee girls residing in the Islamic Republic of Iran.
The US$1 million contribution will be used to purchase fortified wheat flour, sunflower oil enriched with vitamins, lentils, rice and sugar for food distributions among Afghan and Iraqi refugees living in settlements across Iran. The commodities will be locally purchased to ensure speedy delivery and conformity with Iranian standards.
CHONGQING, Nov. 24 (Xinhua) -- Disaster relief work has been ongoing in Wulong county, southwest China's Chongqing Municipality, following a magnitude 5 earthquake Thursday afternoon.
A total of 1,000 tents, 1,000 overcoats and 2,000 quilts have been sent to the area, the local civil affairs bureau said.
As of Friday noon, 3,288 people had been affected by the quake, among whom eight were injured and 26 relocated. Nearly 1,000 rooms were damaged, leading to direct economic losses of about 10 million yuan (1.5 million U.S. dollars).
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Diphtheria in Yemen
A significant increase in suspected diphtheria cases has recently been reported in Yemen between epidemiological week no 33 and 44. A total number of 118 suspected cases including 10 deaths (CFR: ing 9 associated deaths (CFR: 8.7%). 8.5%), were reported in 10 governorates of the country. Majority of these cases– about 103 were reported from Ibb governorate, including 9 associated deaths (CFR: 8.7%).