In the crucial days after a disaster, donations in cash have been found to be the most useful for recovery, as documented in an APEC case study into member economies’ disaster responses. With the Asia-Pacific region bearing 70 per cent of the world’s natural disasters, this analysis now gives APEC economies an opportunity to channel people's desire to help into effective and appropriate relief efforts.
Iquitos, Peru, 12 October 2016 – The Asia-Pacific is on the precipice of a disturbing uptick in poverty due to the increasing frequency and severity of natural disasters fueled by climate change and their ripple effect on water and food supplies, warn top emergency management officials from APEC member economies.
Piura, Peru, 28 September 2016 — The global population is projected to hit 9.6 billion by 2050 and the world will need to increase the food it produces by 60 per cent. This outlook brings ministers from the 21 APEC member economies together to tackle food production and cross-border trade opportunities in the Asia-Pacific to advance food security.
Issued by the APEC Agricultural Technical Cooperation Working Group
Piura, Peru, 22 September 2016 – Food security provides the basic condition for a prosperous region that thrives in an integrated economy. This is the challenge that Asia-Pacific agriculture officials are tackling as they come together in Piura, Peru this week to develop food security policy frameworks.
Lima, Peru, 6 July 2016 – The innovations of 12 young scientists from across the Asia-Pacific are sowing the seeds for a new era of agricultural sustainability vital to ensuring food security in the world’s most populous region as demand and climate change threats rise.
Asia-Pacific economies have been suffering from extreme temperatures since late 2015 to the early months of this year. In Papua New Guinea, 2.7 million people are affected by drought, a quarter of whom face critical food shortage. Last year, Viet Nam reportedly experienced the worst drought in nearly a century.
Arequipa, Peru, 11 May 2016 – Agriculture and fisheries officials from the 21 APEC member economies are partnering with the private sector to boost innovation needed to ensure food security in the world’s most populous region amid escalating climate change threats.
Pacific Rim economies’ exposure to the increasing threat of natural disasters has provided impetus for governments and the private sector to jointly address the need for more robust financial safeguards in the region.
Issued by the APEC Policy Partnership on Science, Technology and Innovation
Lima, Peru, 11 February 2016 – The 21 APEC member economies are on the lookout for next generation innovators whose collaborative research in the Asia-Pacific is breaking new ground in efforts to feed the region’s three billion people and support healthy, productive work forces needed to drive sustainable growth in the face of climate change.
Iloilo, The Philippines, 30 September 2015 – Senior disaster management officials from the 21 APEC members have introduced a new collaborative platform for strengthening the defenses of Asia-Pacific economies, the world’s preeminent drivers of growth, against the ‘new normal’ of increasing natural disaster threats due to climate change.
In light of ongoing global and regional discussions and commitments, this report intends to highlight good practices aimed at empowering women economically, particularly through entrepreneurship and innovation, drawing lessons for collective learning.
Issued by the APEC Emergency Preparedness Working Group
Ha Long City, Viet Nam, 20 September 2015 – The massive earthquake in Chile this past week generated warnings of aftershocks and tsunami alerts from Australia to the United States, but it appears that the impact was limited due to a community-based approach to disaster risk management that officials took at the epicenter and across the region.
Issued by the APEC High Level Meeting on Health and the Economy
Cebu, The Philippines, 3 September 2015 – Health Ministers and officials from the 21 APEC members have agreed to step up their collaborative efforts to mitigate emerging, potentially catastrophic health threats to people, trade and economic security across the Asia-Pacific, the world’s most populous region and leading driver of growth.
Manila, The Philippines, 17 August 2015 – Science, technology and innovation officials from APEC member economies have named young, cutting-edge climate change researcher Dr Jong-Seong Kug of Korea the winner of the 2015 APEC Science Prize for Innovation, Research, and Education.
Issued by the APEC Emergency Preparedness Working Group
Boracay, the Philippines, 15 May 2015 – In the wake of recent disasters in the Asia-Pacific, APEC officials call for greater commitment and a science-based approach to build safe and disaster resilient communities during a two-day APEC Emergency Preparedness Working Group meeting in Boracay.
Helping Farmers Adapt to Climate Change
Amidst the coastal rice paddies of the Bicol region in south-eastern Philippines, local farmers stand knee-deep in water as an agricultural extension worker introduces new flood-tolerant seeds to adapt to changing weather patterns.
Issued by the APEC Secretariat
Manila, The Philippines, 8 December 2014 – Senior Officials from the 21 APEC member economies, the world’s largest regional economic group, will meet Tuesday in Manila to launch their agenda for collaboration during the Philippines’ year as APEC Chair in 2015 after the proceedings were preemptively moved from Legazpi City, Albay 500km to the southeast on account of Typhoon Hagupit (Philippine name: Ruby) which barreled through the area over the weekend.
Beijing, China, 11 Nov 2014
The 22nd APEC Ecomomic Leaders’ Declaration - Beijing Agenda for an Integrated, Innovative and Interconnected Asia-Pacific
APEC tackling new food security challenges
Beijing, China, 19 September 2014 – Agriculture and Food Ministers from APEC economies have outlined a new innovation-based cooperation framework to ensure safe, accessible and sustainable food supplies amid changing global conditions.
New measures to feed the region’s 2.8 billion people and alleviate global hunger are described in the Beijing Declaration on APEC Food Security issued by Ministers after the 3rd APEC Ministerial Meeting on Food Security that concluded here on Friday.