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UNODC World Drug Report 2015

World Drug Report 2015 coverDrug use prevalence continues to be stable around the world, according to the 2015 World Drug Report of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). It is estimated that a total of 246 million people – slightly over 5 per cent of those aged 15 to 64 years worldwide – used an illicit drug in 2013. Some 27 million people are problem drug users, almost half of whom are people who inject drugs (PWID). An estimated 1.65 million of people who inject drugs were living with HIV in 2013. Men are three times more likely than women to use cannabis, cocaine and amphetamines, while women are Continue reading

Assessing damages of cultural resources by Tropical Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu

Tropical Cyclone Pam struck Vanuatu from 10 to 14 March 2015, causing widespread damage across the entire country composed of over 80 islands. More than half of the population was directly affected. Shefa and Tafea were the hardest hit provinces. Health facilities, schools and community infrastructure were extensively damaged and destroyed, disrupting daily life and requiring extra expenditures to repair or replace, at a time when incomes have been lost. The Cyclone Pam has heavily affected the livelihoods of people, thus severely limiting their capacities to generate income for their household for the next few months. Continue reading

Plan for universal access to sustainable energy

The United Nations and the World Bank have announced a concerted effort by governments, international agencies, civil society and the private sector to scale up efforts to provide sustainable energy to all, with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon calling for massive new investments in the face of a rising “global thermostat.” Continue reading

Solomon Islands is better prepared for disasters through gender awareness

Workshops on gender in emergencies are helping the country develop a better disaster risk management plan to meet the different needs of its population.When a large earthquake and tsunami struck Solomon Islands in 2007, the country was caught off guard. There were no disaster management plans to deal with the scale of the disaster. Earthquakes and tsunamis are not the only natural hazards that pose danger to its population of over half a million people scattered across the Continue reading

Pacific Islands Forum to respond to climate change

A view inside the 42nd Pacific Islands Forum in Auckland, New Zealand, as Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) addresses the forum. 06 September 2011 Auckland, New ZealandFor many countries the effects of climate change may not yet be obvious, but for the people in the Pacific Islands the threat is very real. “There are still some who believe that climate change is a distant threat but for us it is a present threat. It’s happening now and our people are being affected now,” said the Hon. Tessie Eria Lambourne, Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Immigration for the Government of Kiribati during a recent discussion at the Continue reading

Natural disasters and poverty reduction in Asia-Pacific

World Bank Report on disasters and poverty reduction in Asia-PacificRapidly growing cities are becoming increasingly vulnerable to disasters in the East Asia Pacfic region due to poor planning, with economic losses increasing dramatically as the region grows wealthier, says a new World Bank report. Policy makers can make a significant difference to ensure that progress in development and Continue reading

Meaning of climate change for Africa, Asia & the coastal poor

Hurricane Sandy passed to the west of Haiti on 25 October, causing heavy rains and strong winds, flooding homes and overflowing rivers. A coastal town is flooded. 25 October 2012 HaitiAs the coastal cities of Africa and Asia expand, many of their poorest residents are being pushed to the edges of livable land and into the most dangerous zones for climate change. Their informal settlements cling to riverbanks and cluster in low-lying areas with poor drainage, few public services, and no protection from storm surges, sea-level rise, Continue reading

Access over 10000 publications on development through the World Bank Open Knowledge Repository (OKR)

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) meets with Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank Group. 01 June 2013 Yokohama, JapanThe World Bank is an institutions in the United Nations system and is one of the largest sources of development knowledge. The World Bank Open Knowledge Repository (OKR) is The World Bank’s official open access repository for its research outputs and knowledge products. Continue reading

Tonga to get its first broadband internet connection

Loluhama Mausia, Teacher, Tailulu CollegeHoko (‘connect’ in Tongan) is the current buzzword on the streets of Nukua’lofa. If there is any year the Kingdom of Tonga would be justifiably excited about internet, 2013 is it. As one of the most remote island nations on the planet, the impending arrival of high-speed, fiber-optic broadband internet – made possible through the World Bank-supported Continue reading