By Isabelle Granger
“How can policy and trade help disasters? What can the World Trade Organization do to support disasters?”
These were the first questions posed by Roberto Azevêdo, Director General of the World Trade Organization, in his opening remarks at the WTO Natural Disaster and Trade Symposium that took place on 26 April 2018, as WTO is launching a research project to better understand the nexus between disaster relief and commercial trade, in collaboration with Australia, IFRC, and ISDR, among other partners.
QUEZON CITY, July 9 -- The emergency unconditional cash transfer (UCT) program of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) showed positive results on Yolanda victims, according to a study published by state think tank Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS).
The UCT program, UNICEF’s first cash transfer program in the country, provided monthly cash assistance of USD100 (or PHP5,000) to 10,000 Yolanda-affected families living in Tacloban City and neighboring municipalities from February 2014 to July 2014.
By Patrick Fuller
ULAANBAATAR, 6 July, 2018 - Five local leaders from across Asia and the Pacific have been recognised for their inspirational work in driving disaster risk reduction in their communities.
They were presented with awards at an event last night organised by the Asian Local Leaders Forum for Disaster Resilience (ALL4DR) at the Asian Ministerial Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction.
Team Rubicon is the first NGO in North America to receive this designation
DALLAS (July 2, 2018) – Team Rubicon USA, a veteran-based disaster response organization, has received verification from the World Health Organization (WHO) as an Emergency Medical Team (EMT) Type 1 Mobile. Team Rubicon is the first nongovernmental organization in North America to receive this designation and is the 18th WHO-verified Emergency Medical Team in the world.
Communities are slowly being rebuilt after Super Typhoon Yolanda (also known as Typhoon Haiyan) struck the Visayas Islands in the Philippines in November 2013. The vulnerable, most affected communities face ongoing challenges to re-establish livelihoods, safe housing, access to water and electricity, and to rebuild roads and drainage. Aid agencies, active on the ground in the immediate aftermath, have since left the region, leaving national and local government, policymakers and affected communities to respond to the long-term legacy.
1. The Due Diligence / Social Compliance Report (DDR) is for the proposed candidate subproject of the Climate Resilience Sector Project (CRSP) - Upgrading the evacuation and post disaster access road for Popua in Tongatapu; upgrading additional Government Primary Schools (GPS) in Tongatapu, which are the GPS Ngele’ia and the GPS Hala-‘o-Vave; and relocating of Lifuka, Ha’apai hospital from vulnerable area to higher ground. ADB has classified the proposed subproject as Category C for Involuntary Resettlement – meaning, “Additional candidate sector …
Japan Information and Culture Center (JICC) - Press Release No.26 - 2018
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Description of the disaster
A team from the Pacific Community (SPC), is deploying oceanographic instruments along the lagoon and ocean shoreline in numerous locations throughout Majuro atoll. The instruments will record wave data in the area over the next 12 months to better prepare the atoll for the impacts of climate change.
The Regional Food Security Atlas of the Pacific is a joint publication by the Pacific Community (SPC) and the World Food Programme(WFP).
The 2018 Atlas provides a spatial overview of the core issues that affect food security across the Pacific Island Countries (PICs). Divided into nine topical sections, the Atlas provides the reader with information and knowledge on the causes and outcomes of food security and nutrition in the region.
The Republic of Palau consists of the western-most group of the Caroline Islands in Micronesia and lies an almost equal distance from the Philippines to the west, Papua New Guinea to the south, and Guam to the Northeast. It consists of over 340 islands.4 Palau is vulnerable to a variety of man-made and natural disasters with the potential to have a large impact on the economy and population. Historically, this has included typhoons, tropical storms, droughts, and a bridge collapse.
The Philippines’ poor track record in reconstructing cities affected by disaster and conflict is manifest in Marawi’s case, a year since the siege.
Dakila Kim P. Yee - 23 May, 2018
El Secretario para Asuntos de Vulnerabilidad y Director General de Protección Civil, Jorge Meléndez basándose en el Informe Especial No. 2 del Ministerio de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales: “Oleaje más rápido y alto arriba a la costa de El Salvador”; emite AVISO DE OLEAJE INCREMENTADO EN ALTURA Y RAPIDEZ que arribará a la costa de El Salvador generado por tormenta extra-tropical ubicada en el Hemisferio Sur.
YVONNE SU, LADYLYN MANGADA & JESSA TURALBA - 27 APR, 2018
Tacloban City’s 'Home of the Happiest People' tourism campaign is a cover up of five years of devastation in a disaster-stricken city.
The Tacloban City Government has launched a marketing campaign branding the city as the “Home of the Happiest People in the World.”
As part of an ongoing effort to promote disability-inclusive humanitarian action in Pacific countries, this policy brief identifies priority actions for disaster readiness, response and recovery. It has been prepared through a collaborative approach and should be a key reference in the future, promoting coordination across all levels and stages of the humanitarian cycle in the Region.
Promoting inclusion in Pacific humanitarian action
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations or ASEAN was established on 8 August 1967. The Member States of the Association are Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam. ASEAN collectively has a population of over 600 million people with the third largest labour force in the world, and by 2050, ASEAN is expected to rank as the fourth-largest economy in the world. Yet, ASEAN is also the most natural disaster-prone region in the world.