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23 Mar 2018 description

Water keeps us alive. We use it daily, in a myriad of ways. Some common uses are obvious, but others are harder to see, like the hidden water in our food—the water going into the vegetables and fruits on our tables. For farmers across the world, having the right amount of water for their crops can make or break their livelihoods, and ultimately decides food security at micro and macro levels.

23 Mar 2018 description

MANILA, 23 MARCH 2018 -New estimates show a 14% reduction in the incidence of tuberculosis (TB) in the World Health Organization (WHO) Western Pacific Region over the past decade, but with 1.8 million people newly infected in the Region each year, more needs to be done. On the eve of World Tuberculosis Day, WHO calls on governments to provide all citizens access to TB testing and treatment as part of universal health coverage.

23 Mar 2018 description

President Abdulla Yameen has ended a 45-day state of emergency declared last month in response to a Supreme Court order for the release of his jailed opponents.

23 Mar 2018 description
report Oxfam

Yemen has one of the worst problems of water scarcity anywhere in the world. 16 million people lack access to clean water, either because there is no infrastructure or because they can’t afford water trucks. Oxfam water engineer, John Migele, visited one village where people reminded him of why his work is so important.

Alowbala Village, Amran

23 Mar 2018 description
report Oxfam

Working with local humanitarians in South Sudan, we're saving lives by helping provide clean water and public health promotion.

“Whenever I arrive for work, people always shout ‘This is the man who has come to keep us alive!’” smiles 37-year-old plumber Gatkuoth as he lays down his wrench. Another day’s work is complete; another pump flowing with water.

23 Mar 2018 description


22 March 2018, Monrovia - In a pivotal moment for the history of Liberia, the United Nations mission there successfully completed its mandate after almost 15 years of supporting the West African nation in the transition to peace and democracy.

At a ceremony in Monrovia today attended by President George Weah, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed lauded the accomplishments of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).

23 Mar 2018 description

Violence and lawlessness are surging again in the capital of Papua New Guinea's Hela province, Tari.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International

23 Mar 2018 description
report Interpeace

Inclusion in decision-making, particularly in political spheres critically contributes to the consolidation of peace and the construction of cohesive societies, be it in conflict-affected regions or elsewhere in the world. As a result, addressing the weak participation of women in governance has become a priority at the global level. In Guinea-Bissau, the underrepresentation of women in decision-making is almost systematic. Currently, very few women sit in parliament and the presence of women in the upper ranks of the Defense and Security Forces is very limited.

23 Mar 2018 description

Tropical Cyclone Gita hit Tonga on 12 February, damaging almost 4,000 houses and leaving 60,000 people without power.

Today we announce a $10.5 million package of Australian support to assist Tonga's recovery and reconstruction efforts following the cyclone.

This additional package of assistance will help restore community infrastructure such as schools and water supplies, and support farmers whose crops were devastated.

23 Mar 2018 description

TAGUIG CITY, Mar. 17 -- “Wag na tayong magpatumpik-tumpik pa,” Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Alfonso Cusi said during the signing of an agreement with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) on Friday (16 March 2018) to use a Filipino-made software to enhance the capacity of all stakeholders in earthquake readiness.

This is a timely response to the magnitude 6.5-earthquake that hit Visayas last year, affecting electricity supply delivery in Leyte, Samar and Bohol. This incident revealed the vulnerability of the country’s energy systems to earthquakes.

23 Mar 2018 description
report BRAC


As we mark the World Water Day 2018, we shed light on the revival of the traditional rainwater harvesting systems that are improving the lives of many who live in water stressed, remote areas.

23 Mar 2018 description

Lt. General Omar Mahmood Hayat, Chairman NDMA has directed the team of experts to submit a comprehensive report on Shimshal Valley Glacial Lake Outburst Flood (GLOF) Risks covering all aspects including technical and financial details and recommendation for implementation be sent to NDMA at the earliest. He sought this report while chairing the first meeting of the Team of Experts constitution by the Prime Minister of Pakistan to evaluate the situation at site.

23 Mar 2018 description
report Government of Nepal

The devastating earthquake of April 2015 brought down most of the houses of Jarayotar in Melamchi of Sindhupalchowk, one of the worst-hit districts in central Nepal.

When the majority of residents of this district have begun to rebuild their houses, people in this village of Jarayotar have taken things differently. Instead of focusing on building individual houses, they have decided to develop the village as a whole.

23 Mar 2018 description
report Human Rights Watch

3 Years On, No Action on Habré-Era Reparations

(Ndjamena) – The Chadian government has yet to provide court-ordered reparations to 7,000 victims of grave crimes under the rule of former dictator Hissène Habré, four human rights groups said today. Chad’s lack of action is a failure of its obligations to Habré’s victims.

23 Mar 2018 description
report Government of Japan

On March 21st, Japanese Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Iwao Horii had an official conference with Bangladeshi Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali in Dhaka.

Vice-Minister Horii arrived in Dhaka on 21st and is going to go on to visit refugee camps in Cox Bazaar on 22nd. The primary purpose of his visit is to further the repatriation process of Rohingya refugees. He is also visiting Myanmar from 23rd to 24th.

After the official conference on 21st, Vice-Minister Horii commented as follows;

23 Mar 2018 description
report World Bank


  • Meteorological and hydrological services – hydromet – play a vital role in mitigating the impacts of weather and climate extremes

  • Hydromet is not only about early warning systems, but also giving countries, regions, communities, and individuals weather information and reliable predictions to make informed decisions for many sectors of the economy – from agriculture to logistics to hydropower, and many more

23 Mar 2018 description

Redacción AGN/Brenda Larios/Foto Carlos Jacinto

Ciudad de Guatemala, 22 mar (AGN).- El presidente de Guatemala, Jimmy Morales, recibió hoy un helicóptero donado por una empresa de este país, el cual será destinado a rescates aéreos y entrega de ayuda humanitaria.

El ministro guatemalteco de Defensa, Luis Miguel Ralda, explicó que se trata de un helicóptero BELL 2-12 que participó en ayuda humanitaria, apoyo y abastecimiento de víveres a las comunidades afectadas durante las tormentas tropicales Mitch, Stan y Agatha en los años 1998, 2005 y 2010, respectivamente.

22 Mar 2018 description
report United Nations


Following are UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed’s remarks, as prepared for delivery, at the Liberian National Peace and Reconciliation conference “Local Voices for Inclusive Reconciliation”, in Monrovia today:

22 Mar 2018 description
report SICA

Durante la sesión plenaria del Parlamento Centroamericano (PARLACEN), el Secretario General del Sistema de la Integración Centroamericana (SICA), Vinicio Cerezo, compartió los principales resultados obtenidos en el 2017 con la implementación de la Visión Estratégica 2017 – 2021.

22 Mar 2018 description
report UN Security Council



The environmental monitoring network in the Lake Chad Basin was inadequate, sparse, poorly funded and badly operated, a representative of the commission overseeing its management told the Security Council today, as delegates explored the causes of conflict and dire human suffering in the region.