News stories from Asia and Pacific

27 March 2015

The challenges of delivering relief to battered Pacific islands two weeks after Cyclone Pam

Two weeks have passed since Cyclone Pam and two other tropical storms struck the Pacific, bringing destructive winds, heavy rains and tidal surges which caused widespread devastation affecting well over 100,000 people in Vanuatu and four other Pacific nat
When preparedness saved lives
25 March 2015

When preparedness saved lives

The Red Cross played a key role in issuing early warnings before Cyclone Pam struck Vanuatu on March 13.
UN-Habitat and Red Cross to partner on Post-Disaster housing
18 March 2015

UN-Habitat and Red Cross to partner on Post-Disaster housing

UN-Habitat and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding that they will work together on promoting adequate shelter and settlements for all, with a focus on people affected by nat
Agreement reached on new global framework for disaster risk reduction
18 March 2015

Agreement reached on new global framework for disaster risk reduction

After 30 hours of negotiations, consensus was finally reached on a new global framework that will guide disaster risk reduction policy and programming for the next 10-15 years.
Regulatory guide for the implementation of the national disaster risk management programme
18 March 2015

Regulatory guide for the implementation of the national disaster risk management programme

Viet Nam Red Cross organizes workshop on the implementation of disaster risk management and community awareness raising project.
The gardens are gone but we have a family to feed
18 March 2015

The gardens are gone but we have a family to feed

Cyclone Pam destroys the crops needed to feed families.
IFRC and UN system to enhance cooperation on community resilience
17 March 2015

IFRC and UN system to enhance cooperation on community resilience

At the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) President Tadateru Konoé and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met to take stock of the collaborative work between their respective
IFRC calls for vulnerable communities to remain centre stage in negotiations on post-2015 disaster risk reduction framework
17 March 2015

IFRC calls for vulnerable communities to remain centre stage in negotiations on post-2015 disaster risk reduction framework

As negotiations continue at the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) in Sendai, Japan, on key elements of the post-2015 global framework for disaster risk reduction
Cyclone Pam: Howling winds, frightened children
17 March 2015

Cyclone Pam: Howling winds, frightened children

Communities begin to rebuild despite the devastation of Cyclone Pam
IFRC announces ‘One Billion Coalition for Resilience’ at World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction
15 March 2015

IFRC announces ‘One Billion Coalition for Resilience’ at World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction

Today at the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR), Tadateru Konoe, President of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) presented the IFRC’s voluntary commitment toward the post-2015 disaster risk reducti
Lethal Pacific storm marks start of Sendai disaster conference, as IFRC and UN call for 'unprecedented cooperation' on climate
15 March 2015

Lethal Pacific storm marks start of Sendai disaster conference, as IFRC and UN call for 'unprecedented cooperation' on climate

The opening over the weekend of the UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) has been marked by “a stark reminder that disaster risk management is a matter of life and death,” according to a report by the United Nations Office for Disaster R
World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction casts spotlight on preparedness for technological disasters
14 March 2015

World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction casts spotlight on preparedness for technological disasters

Four years ago the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami caused immense destruction along Japan’s north-east coastline. Today, over 4,000 representatives from Governments and local and international organisations have gathered in Sendai, one of the town
Vanuatu and Tuvalu: the Red Cross responds to Severe Tropical Cyclone Pam
14 March 2015

Vanuatu and Tuvalu: the Red Cross responds to Severe Tropical Cyclone Pam

Vanuatu Red Cross Society mobilizes volunteers in the face of severe cyclone
Pacific Red Cross volunteers trained and mobilised to support communities
14 March 2015

Pacific Red Cross volunteers trained and mobilised to support communities

Fiji Red Cross volunteers are trained and prepared to help communities face storms
UN recognition for Australian Red Cross disaster resilience work and private sector collaboration
13 March 2015

UN recognition for Australian Red Cross disaster resilience work and private sector collaboration

Australian Red Cross has been shortlisted for the United Nations’ Sasakawa Award for Disaster Reduction
Four years on from the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami – Efforts continue to decontaminate Fukushima
9 March 2015

Four years on from the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami – Efforts continue to decontaminate Fukushima

When the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant came into view, the Geiger counter started beeping, and as we drove closer the alarm became more and more intense.
Mainstreaming gender through cooperation, not competition
7 March 2015

Mainstreaming gender through cooperation, not competition

The Afghan Red Crescent Society has shown its dedication to ensuring gender issues are at the heart of its development plans by organizing a special conference on the subject.
Four years on from the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami - A new school for the children of Yamada
5 March 2015

Four years on from the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami - A new school for the children of Yamada

On March 11, 2011 the Great East Japan earthquake and tsunami struck Yamada town, in Japan’s northern prefecture of Iwate.
Re-connecting families separated by conflict in Myanmar
2 March 2015

Re-connecting families separated by conflict in Myanmar

The Myanmar Red Cross Society is working to reunite families separated by the conflict in Myanmar
Volunteers attacked while carrying out humanitarian work in Myanmar
23 February 2015

Volunteers attacked while carrying out humanitarian work in Myanmar

In the last week three volunteers of the Myanmar Red Cross have been wounded in two separate attacks when they were evacuating civilians from the town of Laukkai in the Kokang region of northern Shan state.

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