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Mexico earthquake triggered safe hospital drive

Mexico City’s devastating, 8.1-magnitude earthquake of 1985 was a stark illustration of the disaster risks faced by the health sector, but it also triggered what became a global effort to protect hospitals from hazards.

22 Mar 2017 News briefs

Baillie the rescue dog is star of Americas risk conference

Baillie the Border Collie stands motionless, eyeballing her handler, then springs into action when he gives the command: “Find it!” The four-year-old is part of the Canada Task Force 2 Disaster Response Team, among the thousand delegates at the 5th Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas.

9 Mar 2017 News briefs

Americas region adopts landmark disaster risk plan

The Americas region today took a landmark step on the road to resilience by adopting an action plan to tackle the huge array of natural and human-induced hazards that its dozens of countries and territories face.

9 Mar 2017 News briefs

Empower women to reduce disaster risk

Empowering women to tackle the threats that natural and human-induced hazards pose to their communities is a critical means to reduce the risk of disasters, delegates at a conference on the Americas said today.

8 Mar 2017 News briefs

Canada’s private sector joins global resilience drive

Canadian businesses have joined a UN-backed drive to bolster resilience to natural and human-induced hazards, sending a strong signal during the Americas region’s top disaster risk reduction conference.

8 Mar 2017 News briefs

Americas region crafts disaster risk reduction plan

The vast Americas region today started a high-level conference on a wide-ranging plan that will seek to reduce the risks posed by natural and human-induced hazards.

7 Mar 2017 News briefs

Indigenous peoples are key players in disaster risk reduction

The concerns and capacities of indigenous peoples need to be taken into account at all times when it comes to curbing disaster risk, leading members of communities from across the Americas said today at a high-level conference.

7 Mar 2017 News briefs

Americas to agree on Sendai Framework action plan

Governments from across the Americas are gathering this week in Canada for a high-level conference where they aim to make their vast region more resilient by adopting a plan to curb the risks posed by natural and human-induced hazards.

6 Mar 2017 News briefs

DRR critical to $2.7 bn Haiti recovery effort

The 5th Regional Platform for the Americas opens in Montreal next Tuesday. Hurricane Matthew affected several countries in the Region but none worse than Haiti. The three year recovery effort comes with a price tag of US$2.72 billion following losses estimated at US$2.8 billion.

3 Mar 2017 News briefs

Mexico’s Maya could predict hurricanes

Mexico’s historical Maya civilisation created not only a written language and a binary mathematical system, but also a hurricane warning system that still works today.

1 Mar 2017 News briefs

Chile’s fires: reaching everyone

In the midst of Chile’s worst forest fires in five decades, award-winning local campaigners have spotlighted the need to ensure that people with disabilities are not forgotten in emergency operations and disaster risk reduction.

6 Feb 2017 News briefs

Reducing disaster risk helps tackle hunger in Latin America and the Caribbean

More than 34 million people in Latin America and the Caribbean still suffer from hunger, but the region is boosting its ability to make agriculture sustainable and ensure food security by curbing disaster risk.

20 Jan 2017 News briefs

Caribbean steps up earthquake risk reduction

Seven years on from the devastating earthquake in Haiti, countries from across the Caribbean are working hard to reduce the risks posed by seismic threats, as part of their wider drive towards sustainable development.

16 Jan 2017 News briefs

Training trainers to curb disaster risk

Dozens of disaster risk management professionals from across the Americas have been schooled in how to pass on planning skills, thanks to a programme run by UNISDR’s Global Education and Training Institute.

29 Dec 2016 News briefs

Chile boost for business resilience

Businesses in Chile have come together to form the latest national chapter of UNISDR’s Private Sector Alliance for Disaster Resilient Societies.

27 Dec 2016 News briefs

Mercocities focus on building resilience

A network of hundreds of cities across South America has pledged to step up regional efforts to reduce disaster risk and boost sustainable development.

22 Dec 2016 News briefs

Buenos Aires joins resilient cities network

Argentina’s Buenos Aires province has joined UNISDR’s Making Cities Resilient campaign, marking an important step in efforts to protect its population of almost 17 million people from natural and human-induced hazards.

12 Dec 2016 News briefs

Peru harnesses private sector for resilience

Peru is harnessing the power of business to reduce the impacts of natural and human-induced hazards, thanks to the creation of a national chapter of the UNISDR Private Sector Alliance for Disaster Resilient Societies.

8 Dec 2016 News briefs

Call for innovative resilience financing to support sustainable cities

A high level panel has called for innovative approaches to increase financing so that cities become resilient to natural and man-made hazards and other shocks.

18 Oct 2016 News briefs

#IDDR2016: Prepared Peru reduces El Niño mortality

The El Niño weather phenomenon was first named by fishermen in Peru where records going back 500 years have detailed its destructive impact especially along the northern coast where it often hits hardest.

12 Oct 2016 News briefs

Easing impact of drought on the Panama Canal

In the midst of one of the worst droughts to affect Central America in decades, the expanded Panama Canal is a model for how to adapt to climate change and reduce disaster risk.

28 Jun 2016 News briefs

Americas region steps up risk reduction drive

The Americas have reached a new level in their drive to curb disaster risk in one of the most hazard-exposed regions of the world, UNISDR’s head Mr. Robert Glasser has told ministerial talks hosted by Paraguay.

9 Jun 2016 News briefs

Speech by Robert Glasser on implementing the Sendai Framework in the Americas

This meeting marks the beginning of a new phase in the region’s growing sophistication when it comes to strengthening disaster risk governance and ensuring that risk informed decision making becomes part of the daily life of government.

8 Jun 2016 News briefs

Americas meet on Sendai Framework

The Americas is the second most disaster prone region in the world after Asia. A high level meeting in Paraguay will discuss how to implement the Sendai Framework over the next two days.

7 Jun 2016 News briefs

Drought-hit Chiapas leads on Sendai

Mexico's drought-hit state of Chiapas is moving fast to implement a key target of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction as all 122 of its municipalities commit to have local plans for disaster risk management in place by May 2017.

31 May 2016 News briefs

Mexico's big switch to Sendai

The President of Mexico, Mr. Enrique Peña Nieto, today outlined his ambition for the country to become a role model in disaster risk reduction as it marks 30 years of the National System for Civil Protection.

7 May 2016 News briefs

Caribbean’s new disaster risk awards

The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency is introducing a new awards scheme to recognise distinction in reducing disaster risk including the Jeremy Collymore Award for Research in Disaster Response and Disaster Risk Management.

18 Jan 2016 News briefs

UNISDR Chief welcomes World Tsunami Awareness Day

The head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, Margareta Wahlström, today welcomed the passing of a resolution yesterday by the UN General Assembly which recognizes November 5 as World Tsunami Awareness Day. The resolution was led by Japan and Chile.

 

23 Dec 2015 Press release

Americas hit hard by El Niño

The Americas are paying a high price as one of the worst El Niños on record continues to strengthen. The World Meteorological Organization this week singled out “considerable concern” about the impact of El Niño on the Amazon basin in the context of long-term climate change.

27 Nov 2015 News briefs

The volcano that changed the course of disaster risk management

The head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), Margareta Wahlström, today described the eruption of the Nevado del Ruiz volcano which claimed 25,000 lives in Colombia on November 13, 1985, as “a major turning point in the history of disaster risk management.”
13 Nov 2015 Press release

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