The dissolution of the Soviet Union, and the emergence of new states in Central Asia and the Caucasus created new political and security dynamics in these sub-regions. While the Caucasus was affected by the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, the threat of conflict over shared water resources continued to exist in Central Asia.
The High-level Regional Conference on Information Management for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Resilience opened today in Tehran with a strong focus on regional cooperation for combating sand and dust storms in Asia and the Pacific.
The Asia-Pacific Regional Preparatory Meeting for the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, opened in Bangkok this week with a call for governments in the region to take action through economic, social and environmental policies to safeguard the rights and interests of all migrants, high- and low-skilled workers alike.
UN report says natural disasters to become more destructive in Asia-Pacific without action on disaster resilience
Natural disasters are becoming more frequent and intense and disaster risk is outpacing resilience in Asia-Pacific, the most disaster-prone region in the world, according to the latest report by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).
Representatives of United Nations agencies, officials from national and Yunnan provincial government institutions in China, researchers, and delegates from 12 Asian and African countries have urged greater South-South Cooperation to assist smallholder farmers to combat the adverse impacts of climate change.
This reference manual provides in-depth knowledge on the techniques, methodologies and best practices for using geospatial information in support of decision making for disaster risk management for specific hazards. Space-based information can significantly enhance disaster emergency response and preparedness and producing and using such information is critical for evidence-based decision-making. While maps may often look similar, the nature of different types of hazards requires different, thematic-specific information products, which may not be immediately apparent.
Representatives from North-East Asian countries reviewed subregional environmental challenges and reaffirmed the importance of furthering mutual collaboration to tackle these issues at their annual meeting in Seoul from 16 to 17 March.
Opportunities for expanding successful technical and policy interventions towards achieving more rapid and sustainable development of the agriculture sector in Myanmar’s Dry Zone were highlighted at a dialogue here this week, participated by national and provincial policy makers, academics, civil society representatives, private sector experts and development practitioners.
Kazakhstan and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) have signed a new agreement to support action on climate change and renewable energy solutions in the region, with a key focus on helping Pacific Island countries to participate more actively in international climate change meetings.
The Statistical Yearbook 2014 is an electronic file only, it consists of (1) short analytical texts on 32 selected diverse topics, such as population, education, health, poverty and inequalities, gender, economy, environment and connectivity in the region and related key messages as well as relevant data tables, and (2) country profiles of main development indicators for each of the 58 regional member countries/areas of ESCAP.
The Statistical Yearbook is accompanied by the following products:
Extreme weather conditions predicted for the Pacific Ocean pose a significant threat for island states’ industry and infrastructure warns a new advisory note from the United Nations.
This joint analytical study shows that natural disasters resulting from El Niño, a weather pattern caused by periods of warming in the Pacific Ocean, could have damaging socio-economic effects for the Asia and Pacific region, generating human insecurities and significant hazards for a region highly dependent on its agricultural sector’s crop production.
Early warning systems for natural disasters in the Indian Ocean and southeast Asian countries were today strengthened by a 500,000 Euro contribution from the German Ministry for Economic Development and Cooperation (BMZ) through the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ) and a new agreement with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).
The present document contains highlights of the key challenges faced by the region due to climate-related disasters, and a discussion on how climate change may exacerbate the frequency and severity of these events. Issues relating to the synergistic relationship between disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation are outlined, along with strategies and policy measures to address the challenges that countries face when planning and delivering disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation programmes.
South-East Asian Nations Call for Greater Investment in Disaster Risk Reduction to Protect Economic Growth Bangkok (UN ESCAP Strategic Communications and Advocacy Section) – The 2011 floods that caused unprecedented devastation across South-East Asia have highlighted the need for stepped up investment in disaster risk reduction to protect social and economic assets, top government officials from the subregion agreed at a United Nations forum here today.
Singapore (UN ESCAP Strategic Communications and Advocacy Section) – The United Nations today called on Asian media leaders to engage proactively on climate change issues to persuade governments, business and the public to accept choices needed to transform current unsustainable growth patterns into environment-friendly and socially inclusive development in the region.