Preparations for disaster and a quick initial response by local government officials and non-governmental organizations saved many lives after Cyclone Sidr struck the southern coastal areas of Ban
Vanuatu is a lush archipelago of more than 80 scattered volcanic islands. Its 246,000 people, the Ni-Vanuatu, have been spared the civil and political unrest that has affected neighbouring Melanesian nations but its economy is failing to meet the needs of an increasing and young population.
Respect for human rights will help lift people out of poverty and injustice, allow them to assert their dignity and ensure sustainable development.
Timor-Leste (East Timor) is one of the poorest countries in Southeast Asia. Almost half the population lives below the poverty line.