The Asia-Pacific region has been battered in recent years by a relentless series of shocks. Some have been related to natural disasters, such as earthquakes or droughts or floods. Others, such as the 2008 financial crisis, have been caused by convulsions in global markets. Still others, such as rocketing food and energy prices, have been the result of a complex combination of shocks. The traditional approach has been to consider such events individually. This is increasingly unrealistic.
This is the presentation on Disaster Response @ Microsoft United Nations & NGO Collaboration, by Mr. Michael Wilks, Microsoft Operations, Singapore, delivered during the Expert Group Meeting on Emerging ICT Developments and Opportunities for Enhancing Cooperation in Achieving Regional Connectivity held in Bangkok, Thailand on 22 to 24 November 2010.
Brochure on the Drought Mechanism (March 2014) to enhances the capacity of governments to use space-based data for effective drought monitoring and early warning. It applies science and technology to support the Asia-Pacific region in better addressing drought.
This paper seeks to determine the effects of the digital economy in the regional integration process underway in the Asia-Pacific region. Based on international trade and information and
communications technology (ICT) statistics, the digital economy is accelerating the process of regional integration in a number of ways. First, the digital economy, by fostering intra-regional
growth in trade and employment, is inducing shifts in the regional development paradigm.
This paper aims to increase the understanding on mortality and people’s behavior in the case of tsunami. This study combines the lessons learnt during the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami of 11 March 2011 with the Indian Ocean Tsunami 2004 using data from Sri Lanka and Indonesia. Individual short case studies are used to highlight risky behaviour during the disaster.
This paper examines the concept of resilience and its importance in Asia Pacific region and the relevance to global frameworks and goals in disaster risk reduction. Given the breadth of the subject matter, it focuses on the sub‐set of disaster data, namely loss and damage, and in that context the issue of addressing vulnerability in the disaster response phase. It concludes with the proposal of a number of policy options. The conceptual framework of resilience addresses multiple shocks; however this paper focuses on the impacts from disasters caused by natural hazards.