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Africa meets to align with Sendai Framework

Known to many as little Africa, Cameroon is home to many natural hazards such as volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, landslides, desertification, epidemics, lake eruptions and frequent flooding.
2 Jul 2015 News briefs

East Africa to boost risk governance

Like much of the continent, East Africa is frequently exposed to natural threats such as floods, droughts and landslides, as well as epidemics and man-made hazards, of all which affect livelihoods and development across the region.

26 Jun 2015 News briefs

Development financing must be risk-informed

World leaders will gather in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, next month to focus on the issue of global development financing. The Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD3) is another key milestone in the post-2015 development agenda aimed at reducing extreme poverty by 2030.
17 Jun 2015 News briefs

Cholera highlights urban risk factors

A cholera outbreak in Kenya that is concentrated in the informal settlements shows how entrenched poverty can combine with poor urban planning to breed disasters.
10 Jun 2015 News briefs

Le Cadre de Sendai et sa pertinence pour les stratégies nationales de réduction des risques de catastrophe

Je suis honorée de m’adresser à vous ici dans cette illustre École Nationale d’Administration qui forme les futurs cadres administratifs de la Nation algérienne. Je suis d’autant plus heureuse de cette opportunité car c’est vous qui serez directement concernés par la gestion des risques et des catastrophes en Algérie et je remercie le Ministère des Affaires Étrangères et le Délégué National aux Risques Majeurs pour l’invitation.
22 May 2015 Statements & speeches

Managing urban risk in Africa

Urban planning is a key element in disaster risk preparedness and community resilience in Africa, say experts.
21 May 2015 News briefs

Experts seek gender-inclusive framework for disaster risk reduction

Experts want gender to feature strongly in the final text of the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction, due to adopted at the looming Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction.
12 Mar 2015 News briefs

Floods and poverty collide in Malawi

Lashed by torrential rains, Malawi and neighbouring countries are in the grip of a major flood crisis, with scores of lives lost, and over 600,000 displaced in Malawi alone.
28 Jan 2015 News briefs

African youth commit to reduce disaster risks

African youth leaders are taking action to make their communities better informed and prepared to reduce their exposure to the effects of disasters.
15 Jan 2015 News briefs

Fogo volcano forces more evacuations

The President of the Cape Verde National Civil Protection Service, Arlindo Lima, has warned that the situation on the island of Fogo is likely to get worse in the coming days as volcanic activity continues and lava pours out of the Chã das Caldeiras crater where it has already destroyed two villages.
12 Dec 2014 News briefs

South Africa’s pledge for older persons

RUSTENBURG, SOUTH AFRICA, 14 October 2014 – Senior government figures and several mayors from across South Africa have marked International Day for Disaster Reduction by signing a unique national pledge to implement minimum standards to both engage older persons in disaster risk reduction and to meet their needs.

14 Oct 2014 News briefs

Climate threat to Africa’s resilience

A disaster-resilient future for Africa will have to take account of the fact that it is the region of the world that will suffer the most from climate change and which struggles the most when it comes to capacity to manage present and future disaster risk, the 5th Africa Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction heard yesterday.
16 May 2014 News briefs

Africa unites on reducing disaster risk

Africa today became the first world region to make a comprehensive set of recommendations for a new UN global agreement on reducing disaster risk, recognizing that most disasters in Africa are water-related and that efforts are needed to prevent conflict as part of overall efforts to build resilience to disasters.
16 May 2014 Press release

Is Ethiopia the future of DRR?

From school to university education, from early warning to data collection, and from national development plans to community-based participation, Ethiopia has made solid gains in implementing the Hyogo Framework for Action, the global agreement on disaster risk reduction adopted in 2005.
15 May 2014 News briefs

Africa meets on post-HFA agenda

The African Union (AU) will integrate disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation in its new Africa Climate Change Strategy, AU Commissioner Rhoda Peace told the opening session of the 5th Africa Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) yesterday attended by a record 800 participants including representatives from 48 AU countries.
14 May 2014 News briefs

5th Africa Regional Platform for DRR opens in Abuja

A record attendance is expected for this week’s 5th Africa Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction which opens today in the Nigerian capital, Abuja. Some 700 politicians, disaster managers and civil society representatives from across Africa are registered to attend on May 13-17 and will review the continent’s progress in disaster risk management.
13 May 2014 Press release

East Africa faces up to drought threat

UNISDR today welcomed the outcome of East Africa’s Second Drought Resilience Summit as an important contribution to next month’s Africa Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction and preparing for a future in which climate change will amplify existing stress on water availability in Africa.
1 Apr 2014 News briefs

Climate Change Tops Agenda for African Regional Platform on Disaster Risk

Experts from all over Africa, including government ministers, will meet in Abuja, Nigeria, 13-16 May 2014, to discuss the challenges that the warming continent is experiencing because of climate change and other risk drivers. Last year, 37 countries in the region experienced at least one major disaster event including droughts, floods and heat waves, affecting millions.
24 Mar 2014 Press release

Senegal PM reiterates HFA commitment

The Prime Minister of Senegal has reiterated her country’s commitment to implementing the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) during high level talks with the UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction. Prime Minister Aminata Touré said that Senegal’s international commitments were consistent with domestic priorities under the country’s Economic and Social Development Plan. In the presence of nine of her key ministers, the Prime Minister told Special Representative Ms Margareta Wahlström that good governance and institutions were crucial to build resilience in the face of continued climate change.
31 Jan 2014 News briefs

Hard-hit herders move to reduce their disaster risk

Herders whose livestock was devastated by a cyclone are taking steps to reduce their vulnerability and exposure to future disasters. A combination of freakish freezing temperatures, high winds and severe floods after a cyclone in November in Puntland, Somalia, hit several communities hard. Dozens of people died and up to one million livestock were wiped out, according to a post-cyclone operations update from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). In the wake of the disaster some herders have sought to reduce their disaster risk by finding areas that afford better protection from extreme weather events for themselves and their livestock.
8 Jan 2014 News briefs

Nigeria agrees to strengthen disaster resilience

ABUJA, June 12 - The Nigerian government has requested the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) to facilitate the development of a comprehensive disaster risk management plan for Africa’s most populous country.

12 Jun 2013 News briefs

Green growth vital for reducing disaster risk

Africa's infrastructure is under pressure from increasing disasters but the infrastructure deficit is an opportunity for the continent to take a global lead on sustainable development and to leap-frog environmentally unfriendly technologies, said Mrs. Rhoda Peace, the Africa Union Commissioner for rural economy and agriculture, at a seminar marking the 11th African Day for the Environment hosted by the Tunisian government.
4 Mar 2013 News briefs

Disaster risk is transforming African cities

Risks that have historically played out in rural areas like drought, floods and wildfires "are being transferred and transformed and expressed differently across Africa's fast growing cities and towns," said Dr. Ailsa Holloway in her keynote address to the 4th Africa Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction today.
15 Feb 2013 News briefs

Africa stakes out its position on HFA and the post-2015 development agenda

The 4th Africa Regional Platform concluded today with a detailed set of commitments and recommendations on the complex challenges Africa faces due to surging economic growth, rapid urbanization, climate change and a wide range of natural hazards.
15 Feb 2013 Press release

UNISDR private sector initiative launched in Africa

A private sector initiative for Africa was launched today by UNISDR Chief, Margareta Wahlström, at the 4th Africa Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction.
14 Feb 2013 News briefs

Disaster databases essential to reducing risk in Africa

Ethiopia is on course to build Africa's most comprehensive risk profile database by 2015 and today urged other countries on the continent to follow its example.
14 Feb 2013 News briefs

Africa seeks united position on disaster risk reduction

Representatives of 40 African States are gathering today for the 4th Africa Regional Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction to discuss Africa's position on a new global framework for disaster risk reduction amidst continuing concern over the ravages of climate change, drought, floods, heat-waves, wildfires and other natural hazards.
13 Feb 2013 Press release

HFA: “We have early warning, now we need early action”

It’s not instantly recognised, in Africa or anywhere else. But there was standing room only today for an intensive round-table discussion hosted by UNISDR, to tease out what this policy instrument has done for Africa over the last seven years and what direction should its successor take two years from now.
13 Feb 2013 News briefs

Climate change causes community conflict says Minister

Speaking at the opening of the 4th Africa Regional Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction, the Tanzanian Minister for the Environment, Dr. Terezya Huvisa Luoga, expressed her fears that climate change could cause community conflict in her country.
13 Feb 2013 News briefs

Reporting why disasters happen in Africa

For the last three weeks, the Maputo-based weekly newspaper "Domingo" has featured the Mozambique floods on its front page. Domingo editor, Jorge Ernesto Rungo, was today able to give journalists from across Africa an insight into the challenges of covering one of the largest disasters to hit the country since the floods of 2000 when he spoke at the latest media training organized by UNISDR with the support of ECHO.
12 Feb 2013 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.

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