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ADB Assistance to Typhoon Recovery Reaches $1 Billion

ADB Assistance to Typhoon Recovery Reaches $1 Billion

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has so far approved $900 million in assistance for livelihood restoration, infrastructure reconstruction climate resilience initiatives in communities affected by Typhoon Yolanda, as well as budget support to the Government of the Philippines.

Aid pours into storm-hit Philippines, but not enough

Aid pours into storm-hit Philippines, but not enough

Three days after one of the strongest typhoons ever recorded wreaked havoc throughout the central Philippines, leaving countless dead and billions in damage, the international aid community has responded, rallying to provide aid to the helpless victims.

Typhoon leaves at least 10,000 dead in Philippines

Typhoon leaves at least 10,000 dead in Philippines

TACLOBAN, Philippines - One of the most powerful storms ever recorded, Typhoon Haiyan has killed at least 10,000 people in the central Philippines province of Leyte.

Typhoon Haiyan: 'More than 120 dead' in Philippines

Typhoon Haiyan: 'More than 120 dead' in Philippines

More than 120 people have been reported killed by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, after the massive storm passed through the country on Friday.

0.3% of GDP Would Protect East Asia from Climate Change - ADB Report

About 12 million people in 23 East Asian cities are at risk from rising sea levels, severe storms, and more intense drought caused by climate change that could jeopardize $864 billion in assets, a new report from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) warns.

In Asia, a new alliance to fight malaria

In Asia, a new alliance to fight malaria

The Asian Development Bank is now in discussion with its partners to establish a multidonor trust fund for malaria and other health risks.

Seoul Post-2015 Global Development Conference

The Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and UNDP will host an international conference on a future global development framework on 7th of October at the Plaza hotel in Seoul.

C20 2014 Steering Committee 2nd Meeting

The Civil20 (2014) Steering Committee held its second meeting on 13 September in Sydney

Global Fund Results Show Dramatic Gains

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria announced new results today that show significant gains in the treatment of people living with HIV and in the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of the virus.

Australian plans to merge aid agency with foreign affairs 'a retrograde step'

Australian plans to merge aid agency with foreign affairs 'a retrograde step'

Critics say merger will have dire consequences for the world's poor and shows Australia is not committed to ending poverty

Food waste harms climate, water, land and biodiversity – new FAO report

Food waste harms climate, water, land and biodiversity – new FAO report

11 September 2013, Rome - The waste of a staggering 1.3 billion tonnes of food per year is not only causing major economic losses but also wreaking significant harm on the natural resources that humanity relies upon to feed itself, says a new FAO report.

Pacific islands hope to convince world to move on climate change

Leaders from nations most affected by climate change sign Majuro declaration pledging to reduce emissions.

Asia-Pacific countries stress ‘leave no-one behind’ as critical for the United Nations development agenda beyond 2015

Ministers and high-level representatives from Asia and the Pacific have adopted the ‘Bangkok Declaration of the Asia-Pacific region on the United Nations Development Agenda beyond 2015’ as the key outcome document of the Asia-Pacific Ministerial Dialogue: From the Millennium Development Goals to the United Nations Development Agenda beyond 2015, convened by the Royal Government of Thailand with the support of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission of Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).

Philippine anti-corruption protests draw massive crowds

Philippine anti-corruption protests draw massive crowds

Nearly 100,000 Filipinos angry at official corruption marched through the centre of Manila and other cities to demand the abolition of a misused fund for legislators' pet projects, in one of the biggest ever protests aimed at President Benigno Aquino's government.

Save food campaign Asia-Pacific kicked off

Save food campaign Asia-Pacific kicked off

The Save Food Asia-Pacific Campaign seeks to raise awareness about the high levels of food losses - particularly post-harvest losses - and the growing problem of food waste in the region.

China joins international efforts to end tax evasion

China signed the Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters at the OECD. All G20 countries have now fulfilled the commitment they made at the Cannes G20 Summit to sign the Convention and move towards automatic exchange of information as the new, global standard.

Australia To Engage Civil Society As G20 President In 2014

Australia To Engage Civil Society As G20 President In 2014

The Australian Government is very pleased to announce that the Reverend Tim Costello AO will chair the Australian Civil Society 20 (C20) Steering Group.



Expert Views on Asia & Pacific

South-South Cooperation in aid, trade and FDI? A closer look at the economic engagement footprint of rising powers in Africa

What do the activities of Chinese businesses in Angola, Brazilian state agencies in Mozambique and Indian exporters in South Africa have in common? For one thing, they all might be seen to represent the trend of (re-)growing linkages between African, Asian and Latin American countries.

Thoughts from the ‘father of the G20’

Thoughts from the ‘father of the G20’

Former Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin is often referred to as 'the father of the G20’. While Canada’s finance minister, he was the driving force behind the establishment of the G20 and was selected by the G7 in 1999 to be the first G20 chairman. He had many insights on the establishment of the G20 along with guidance as to how Australia should approach its term as chair.

Regional Cooperation in Central Asia: 12 Things to Know about CAREC

Regional Cooperation in Central Asia: 12 Things to Know about CAREC

In an increasingly integrated world, regional cooperation is key to the long-term prosperity of nations. Here are 12 things to know about regional cooperation among the countries in Central Asia and between Central Asia and its neighbors.

Reinventing the Toilet in India

Reinventing the Toilet in India

Gandhi said “Sanitation is more important than independence”. To demonstrate his commitment he made cleanliness and sanitation an integral part of the Gandhian way of living and believed in total sanitation for all.

Development Agencies in BRICS and Beyond – Experiences and Next Steps

Over the past years and resulting from deep changes in the global economy, BRICS and other emerging economies have started to invest heavily in their capacities as development players. Parting from decades-old South-South cooperation, governments are looking into the options to scale up and eventually institutionalize horizontal partnerships with other countries through dedicated development agencies.

Green economy: will it ever be people, planet and profit?

While economic growth is key to improving wellbeing in developing countries, it shouldn't cost us the planet – but are ministers listening?

Food Security - Asian Development Bank's Take

Economic growth has been effective in reducing extreme poverty in Asia and the Pacific, but less so in reducing hunger and malnutrition. ADB is helping people across the region put food on their table by improving the productivity, connectivity, and resilience of food supply chains.

Food for thought

One of the most popular slogans of India’s Right to Food Campaign is “Hungry stomachs and overflowing granaries, is injustice; is a crime!” Right through the period of almost eight per cent economic growth, India has ranked around 67th out of 88 countries on the global hunger index prepared by the International Food Policy Research Institute.

Preventing Child Trafficking In India

Child trafficking has long been a problem between the neighboring states of Gujarat and Rajasthan, in western India. Most trafficked children are put to work in Gujarat’s vast Bt cotton fields — as many as 100,000 per year, as a 2008 study conducted by ChildFund found — because of the belief that cross-pollination of the genetically modified plants requires small hands, and because child labor is cheap.



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