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23 Mar 2018 description

This policy brief describes the use of ecosystem-based adaptation as a tool for strengthening flood resilience in Vietnam. EbA is a more inclusive approach that takes into consideration vulnerable groups, whose livelihoods directly depend on natural resources, and make it a possible means to strengthen their position by offering multiple benefits. These measures also seem promising to help achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 5 (Gender equality), 10 (Reduced inequalities) and 13 (Climate Action).

20 Mar 2018 description

Geneva – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 12,983 migrants and refugees have entered Europe by sea through the first 11 weeks of 2018, with about 47 per cent arriving in Italy and the remainder divided between Greece (30%) Spain (22%) and Cyprus (less than 1%). This compares with 21,058 at this point in 2017.

20 Mar 2018 description

In 2017, DG ECHO gave EUR 3 million to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to support its Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF). When a National Red Cross or Red Crescent Society needs immediate financial support to respond to a disaster, it can request funds from the DREF.

19 Mar 2018 description
report Viet Nam News

HÀ NỘI – Việt Nam is struggling to find solutions, especially ‘green’ solutions to address challenges in water resources management with environmental damage, climate change and unsustainable water exploitation driving the water-related crisis.

The statement was made at a workshop themed ‘Green solutions for water resources’ held by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment yesterday in Hà Nội.

Deputy Minister Trần Quý Kiên said the negative impacts of climate change and unreasonable exploitation of water resources seriously affected water resources.

15 Mar 2018 description

Leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Australia must take a strong stand against ongoing crimes against humanity targeting Rohingya in Myanmar as they meet this weekend, Amnesty International said.

Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s State Counsellor and de facto political leader, is expected to attend the ASEAN-Australia Summit, taking place in Sydney on 17-18 March.

15 Mar 2018 description

Dong Hoi city, 9 March 2018 – Accelerating mine action, contributing to local socio-economic development and meeting the aspirations of people in Quang Binh and Binh Dinh provinces are key objectives of the Korea-Viet Nam Mine Action Project launched in Dong Hoi city on 9 March 2018.

14 Mar 2018 description


↗ International prices of wheat and maize increased further in February, mainly supported by weather-related concerns and currency movements. Export price quotations of rice also continued to strengthen, although the increases were capped by subsiding global demand for Indica supplies.

↗ In East Africa, in the Sudan, prices of the main staples: sorghum, millet and wheat, continued to increase in February and reached record highs, underpinned by the removal of the wheat subsidies and the strong depreciation of the Sudanese Pound.

12 Mar 2018 description

Regional Summary Week 10

1)Most disasters recorded in Week 10 were still hydro-meteorological in nature. Floods dominated reports from Indonesia, while storms and strong wind struck Cambodia, Malaysia, Thailand and Viet Nam. No fatalities recorded from these disasters.

2)Following the M 5.2 Earthquake in Ranau, Sabah, Malaysia (8 Mar 2018, 21.06 UTC+8), disruptions to climbing activities in Mount Kinabalu occurred and triggered search and rescue operations. Around 239 climbers and workers were safely recused by local authority.

10 Mar 2018 description
report Viet Nam News

HÀ GIANG — Tens of houses and several hectares of vegetable crops in the northern mountain province of Hà Giang were reportedly damaged in hailstorms on Sunday.

Nguyễn Cao Cường, chairman of the People’s Committee of Mèo Vạc District, said the unusual hailstorms and whirlwinds occurred in the three districts of Mèo Vạc, Đồng Văn and Yên Minh.

According to preliminary reports, a hailstorm blew away a medical station and the roofs of nearly 70 houses in Mèo Vạc District.

06 Mar 2018 description

Landmark violence prevention initiative helps change the attitudes, actions and inequalities that fuel violence against women and girls in five Asia-Pacific nations.

Bangkok, Thailand – Partners for Prevention (P4P), a groundbreaking United Nations multi-country initiative to prevent violence against women, wrapped up today after ten years of work with youth, caregivers and community and religious leaders to tackle the roots of violence against women and girls.

05 Mar 2018 description

I am pleased to announce a new partnership between the Australian Government and the World Health Organisation.

01 Mar 2018 description
report Viet Nam News

HÀ NỘI — Despite advancements in technology, weather forecasters around the world struggle to predict the intensity of emerging storms.

Only factors like timing, the relative path and the landing site of a typhoon have been predicted relatively accurately.

In the case of Việt Nam, a country that was hit with 16 typhoons in 2017 alone and is predicted to be among the countries most impacted by climate change, the failure to accurately gauge the power of storms might lead to devastating consequences – both in terms of human lives and economic damage.

26 Feb 2018 description

Ca Mau Provincial Women's Union has officially launched a project named "Financial support based on natural calamity forecast".

This is a joint project to support Ca Mau province between the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) and Save the Children.

23 Feb 2018 description

13 February 2018, Quang Ngai, Viet Nam – The Viet Nam Disaster Management Authority (VNDMA), Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have handed over storm-resilient houses to households in the province of Quang Ngai. Thirty-seven houses have been built so far, with more than 300 houses to be built in 2018.

22 Feb 2018 description

In 2017, millions of people across Asia were once again affected by devastating natural disasters including floods, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions. Over the course of the last year, 54 million people were affected by flooding alone, leaving many without homes, possessions and livelihoods. In addition, many parts of the region suffered from drought, resulting in severe food and water shortages.

2017 Year in Review

19 Feb 2018 description

Regional Summary (Week 07)

Most disasters recorded were hydro-meteorological in nature, due to intense rainfall in Indonesia and TS Sanba (Basyang) in Philippines. Concern on Mount Mayon (Philippines) continued, while Mount Agung (Indonesia) erupted again despite alert level being lowered. All disasters are within the capacity of respective ASEAN Member States.

18 Feb 2018 description

Key messages

  • International prices of wheat and maize were generally firmer in January, supported by weather-related concerns and a weaker US dollar. Export price quotations of rice also strengthened mainly buoyed by renewed Asian demand.

  • In East Africa, in the Sudan, prices of the main staples: sorghum, millet and wheat, rose sharply for the third consecutive month in January and reached record highs, underpinned by the removal of wheat subsidies and the strong depreciation of the Sudanese Pound.

16 Feb 2018 description


At 31 January 2018, there were 1287 people in immigration detention facilities, including 953 in immigration detention on the mainland and 334 in immigration detention on Christmas Island.

A further 447 people were living in the community after being approved for a residence determination and 19,129 were living in the community after grant of a Bridging Visa E.

15 Feb 2018 description