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ASIA: Human rights body’s shaky beginnings
26 October 2009 (IRIN ), After only a few days Southeast Asia's inter-governmental human rights body is already being criticized over its terms of reference as well as its ability to have any impact on human rights in Myanmar.
In Brief: Flood-hit farmers face hunger in Laos
26 October 2009 (IRIN ), Farmers in southern Laos who lost their harvests to floods caused by Typhoon Ketsana face a year of hunger if they do not receive rice seeds soon to replant their crops, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warns.
LAOS: UN launches $10m flood aid appeal
22 October 2009 (IRIN ), The UN launched a flash appeal on 22 October for more than US$10 million after Typhoon Ketsana brought devastating floods to Laos, hitting some of the nation’s poorest and most vulnerable people.
ASIA: Disasters underline urgent need for more groundwork
2 October 2009 (IRIN ), This week’s disasters in Asia underscore the need for greater disaster preparedness, experts say; while countries are making progress, there are still gaps to be filled.
ASIA: Global recession boosts child prostitution and trafficking
29 September 2009 (IRIN ), Commercial sexual exploitation of children is booming in Southeast Asia, with governments failing to do enough to protect young people, experts say.
ASIA: Mekong nations brace for Typhoon Ketsana
29 September 2009 (IRIN ), More than 150,000 people have been evacuated in Vietnam as governments and relief workers across parts of the Mekong region brace themselves for Typhoon Ketsana.
HEALTH: Climate change - burden or opportunity?
8 September 2009 (IRIN ), Despite an international resolution to avoid environmental health hazards, the medical community - already overburdened with health challenges - has remained largely outside the climate change dialogue, according to a World Health Organization (WHO) climate change specialist.
GLOBAL: Climate change cost estimates flawed, study says
1 September 2009 (IRIN ), Current UN cost estimates for climate change adaptation are too low and this could thwart climate treaty negotiations set for December in Copenhagen, according to the former co-chair of a UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change working group and lead author of a recent independent study on adaptation costs.
ASIA: El Niño spells bad news for cyclones
17 August 2009 (IRIN ), The good news for Asia as well as aid workers is that with 2009 being an El Niño year, the sub-continent could experience fewer and less intense cyclones, according to a climatologist with the Bangkok-based Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre (ADPC).ño-spells-bad-news-for-cyclones
ASIA: Dams threaten “millions of Mekong livelihoods”
22 July 2009 (IRIN ), For thousands of years, the Mekong River has nourished civilizations and housed one of the world’s most diverse populations of fish and plants. Yet 17 dams recently built on the Mekong and its tributaries in China, Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam, as well as 11 more in the planning process, are threatening Mekong fisheries – and thereby the food security they have provided for millions.

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