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Africa gets ready for Sendai Monitor

The African Union has announced plans to increase the number of member States with national disaster loss data bases and to put a training programme in place in preparation for the roll-out next year of the Sendai Monitor, the UNISDR-backed mechanism for measuring progress in reducing disaster losses.
18 Oct 2017 News briefs

Madagascar sees early warning and preparedness as key to cut disaster risk

Struck three months ago by a cyclone that affected 500,000 of its 24 million people, the climate-vulnerable Indian Ocean nation of Madagascar sees early warning and disaster preparedness as fundamental to its future resilience.

7 Jun 2017 News briefs

East Africa backs Sendai Framework implementation

Members of parliament from the six-nation East African Community have vowed to step up a drive to implement the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction in their region.

31 May 2017 News briefs

African countries boost risk knowledge

The island nation of Cabo Verde and landlocked Swaziland have joined 26 other countries in Africa that are implementing the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, a 15-year global agreement which seeks to save lives, reduce disaster losses and improve management of disaster risk by enhancing risk knowledge.

20 May 2017 News briefs

Urban disasters highlight need for resilience in Africa

Rising disasters in Africa’s cities and their links with poverty and rapid, unplanned urbanisation are ever more apparent from tragedies such as the recent rubbish dump landslide in Addis Ababa, which killed at least 113 people.

10 May 2017 News briefs

Prolonged drought threatens Greater Horn of Africa

Already grappling with an extended dry spell, countries in Greater Horn of Africa are bracing for an even deeper drought, with the approach of the traditional March to May rainy season offering little cause for comfort.

21 Feb 2017 News briefs

Central Africa spurs disaster risk reduction

Collective action by regional organisations is a key means to help countries reduce their risk of disasters, and the Economic Community of Central African States is stepping up its efforts to rein in the impact of hazards amid rising pressure from climate change.

13 Feb 2017 News briefs

Working mum makes Africa Platform

The Africa Regional Platform has proved to be child-friendly for one working mother, Ms. Oumie Sissokho, Director of Operations with National Disaster Management Agency of the Gambia.

25 Nov 2016 News briefs

Growing tsunami awareness in Africa

A special event was held yesterday at the Africa Regional Platform to mark the introduction of World Tsunami Awareness Day to the international calendar.

25 Nov 2016 News briefs

Africa backs action on Sendai

Africa's 5th High Level Meeting on Disaster Risk Reduction was attended by representatives from 47 countries today and agreed a programme of action to implement the Sendai Framework.

25 Nov 2016 News briefs

Africa speaks with one voice on DRR

The 6th Africa Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction closed today with comments on a draft Programme of Action for implementation of the Sendai Framework which will be considered tomorrow by a Ministerial level meeting.
24 Nov 2016 News briefs

Mauritius invests 2% GDP in resilience

The Africa Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction is being hosted by a small island developing state for the first time. The conference has been hearing what Mauritius is doing to reduce disaster risk and fight climate change.

23 Nov 2016 News briefs

Agenda 2030 and search for coherence

There was a wide ranging discussion on understanding disaster risk and coherence between the main framework agreements comprising the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.
23 Nov 2016 News briefs

End the tyranny of ignorance on disaster risk

UNISDR chief, Mr. Robert Glasser, today called for "an end to the tyranny of ignorance" on disaster risk during a press conference on the first day of the African Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in Mauritius.

22 Nov 2016 News briefs

Opening speech by Robert Glasser at the Africa Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

There are few parts of the world where disaster risk is such a strong feature of daily life as here on the great continent of Africa.

22 Nov 2016 Statements & speeches

Africa convenes on Sendai Framework

The 6th Session of the Africa Regional Platform opens tomorrow and is expected to recommend a programme of action for implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

21 Nov 2016 News briefs

Uganda integrates disaster risk reduction into school curriculum

Ensuring that children understand hazards is the route to reducing their impacts. Uganda is making disaster risk education part of its curriculum in order to bring up a generation that knows how to deal with the threats that it faces.

8 Nov 2016 News briefs

#IDDR2016: How Nigeria beat Ebola

Nigeria has been Ebola-free since it narrowly avoided being sucked into the escalation of the highly contagious haemorrhagic fever outbreak which devastated its neighbours, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone resulting in the loss of over 11,000 lives.

11 Oct 2016 News briefs

Tsunami drill teaches Seychelles life-saving lessons

A multinational tsunami drill in the Indian Ocean has taught Seychelles key lessons about how to save lives in the event that a potentially deadly wave strikes in the future, according to senior officials in the island nation.

2 Oct 2016 News briefs

Senegal embraces technology in disaster risk reduction

The government of Senegal is harnessing cutting-edge information and communications technology to manage and reduce disaster risk, with the aim of curbing deaths and economic losses caused by natural and man-made hazards in the West African nation.

19 Sep 2016 News briefs

Mauritius tests life-saving skills in the face of air disasters

Lying in the midst of the Indian Ocean, Mauritius is keenly aware of the importance of preparing for natural and man-made hazards alike, and the island nation has been assessing its ability to save lives in the event of an air crash.

15 Sep 2016 News briefs

Africa convenes Conference on disaster risk

Details were announced today of a major conference in November where African states will review progress in implementing the Sendai Framework as 60 million people across the region continue to deal with the consequences of the impact of El Niño and other climate-related disasters.

29 Aug 2016 Press release

Ebola countries implement Sendai Framework

UNISDR is working with UNDP and WHO on a project to accelerate implementation of the Sendai Framework in Ebola affected countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

8 Aug 2016 News briefs

Central African lawmakers step up disaster risk reduction

Members of parliament from across Central Africa are stepping up their region’s drive to curb the impact of natural and man-made hazards by implementing the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

21 Jun 2016 News briefs

Uganda deploys drones to build refugee resilience

Uganda is developing base maps for refugee settlements that host thousands of people in the east African country, with the goal being to support risk-informed development and land use planning and thereby build community resilience.

15 Jun 2016 News briefs

Healthy ecosystems shield against disasters

Healthy and well-managed ecosystems offer a buffer against hazards and can support local resilience by sustaining livelihoods, making them a cornerstone of efforts to implement the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

2 Jun 2016 News briefs

Kampala strives to improve resilience

Authorities in Uganda’s capital city are prioritising infrastructure development, climate-smart capital investment procedures and emissions reduction in order to strengthen the city’s resilience to natural and man-made hazards.

17 May 2016 News briefs

Kenyan city pilots Sendai risk monitoring

The Kenyan city of Kisumu is pioneering local-level implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction in Africa, underlining its determination to find sustainable solutions to the challenge of rapid urbanization and a changing climate.

29 Apr 2016 News briefs

Southern African countries set to track disaster losses

Six southern African countries have taken a key step in their efforts to implement the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, a 15-year global agreement to curb the impact of natural and man-made hazards, by starting a programme to harness data.

22 Apr 2016 News briefs

Disaster risk management vital for private sector

Trillions of dollars of new investment are expected to pour into in hazard-prone areas by 2030, dramatically increasing the global value of assets at risk. Factoring that into capital investments, supply chains and operations will be decisive for business resilience and the success of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

15 Apr 2016 News briefs

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The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 was adopted at the World Conference in Sendai, Japan The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 was adopted at the World Conference in Sendai, Japan.