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Cities campaign expands in Dominican Republic

Panama, 23 July 2012 - Concern about earthquakes and tsunamis brought together 33 Mayors in the Dominican Republic this month to express their support for the UNISDR “Making Cities Resilient” campaign and to demand budgetary support from central government for disaster risk reduction measures in their cities and towns.

23 Jul 2012 News briefs

Indigenous people threatened by Mexico's worst drought in 70 years

Mexico is in the grips of one of the worst droughts in 70 years - a catastrophe which has devastated agricultural production for over one year now. According to the National Water Commission the prolonged drought has affected 70 percent of the country and decimated agriculture in the states of Aguascalientes, Coahuila, Durango, San Luis Potosí, Sonora, Tamaulipas, and Zacatecas, among others.
14 Aug 2012 News briefs

Third Session of the Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction of the Americas - Opening address by Margareta Wahlstrom

Quisiera empezar expresando mi agradecimiento al Gobierno de Chile como anfitrión de esta sesión de la Plataforma Regional de las Américas y por haber asumido su organización a pesar del poco tiempo disponible, haciendo posible que lleváramos a cabo la consulta regional sobre el marco para la reducción del riesgo de desastres post 2015, antes del fin del año 2012, de tal manera que la región de las Américas y el Caribe puedan proveer sus insumos e informen la próxima sesión de la Plataforma Global que se llevará a cabo en el mes de mayo del 2013 en Ginebra.
26 Nov 2012 Statements & speeches

Americas meets to review HFA progress

The countries and territories of Latin America and the Caribbean are meeting to review the region's implementation of the world's first international framework agreement for reducing disaster risk, the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA), designed to save lives, jobs and properties from natural hazards.
27 Nov 2012 News briefs

Americas urges political support for disaster risk reduction

Following a long final session last night, participants at the Third Session of the Regional Platform for the Americas issued the Santiago Communiqué which concretely spells out actions by countries in the Americas region to speed up implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015 -- a global disaster reduction plan that was adopted by UN Member States seven years ago.
29 Nov 2012 News briefs

Lessons from Disasters - Keynote address by Margareta Wahlstrom

Good morning. I must say that I am really honored and very impressed to have been asked to come and speak to this audience. I know you are a powerful group of scientists and I think a lot of students here today as well. And so, we have the both the advantage of accrued wisdom and hope for the future here today.
15 Jan 2013 Statements & speeches

Colombia gets ready for Global Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction

Colombia's cutting edge reputation for disaster risk management received a boost this week as high-level experts gathered in Bogota to identify strategic actions for disaster risk reduction in advance of this year's Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction which will be a landmark event in discussions on a Post-2015 global framework for disaster risk reduction.
1 Feb 2013 News briefs

Mayor Al's resilience road trip in Central America

A senior official from the Philippines town of San Francisco, which won the 2011 Sasakawa Award for Disaster Risk Reduction, has spent the last five days journeying across Central America to exchange information with local authorities on best practice to make urban settings safer from natural hazards.
7 May 2013 News briefs

UN recognizes Campinas’ lead to reduce disaster risk

The UN office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) today recognized the dynamic and vibrant economic and technological centre of Campinas for its commitment to reduce its disaster risk. The Head of UNISDR, Margareta Wahlström, officially acknowledged Campinas as Brazil’s first Role Model City of UNISDR's Making Cities Resilient campaign.
22 Jul 2013 News briefs

The ‘silent disaster of local losses’

Largely unreported disasters across the Americas over the past two decades account for the majority of economic losses and more than half of all disaster-related deaths, according to new findings from the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction. A 22-year analysis of 16 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean reveals that smaller, localized and more recurrent disasters that rarely, if ever, make the news cumulatively account for 90 per cent of the total number of people affected by disaster and are also responsible for 90 per cent of destruction or damage of homes. “This is irrevocable evidence on the cumulative impact of those disasters that are small, occur locally and are often ‘invisible’,” said Ricardo Mena the Head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) for the Americas.
27 Nov 2013 News briefs

Dominican Republic approves disaster risk plan

The Dominican Republic has adopted a new ‘National Plan for Comprehensive Disaster Risk Management’. The President of the Dominican Republic, Danilo Medina, approved the plan that will define policy guidelines and basic principles for public and private institutions and civil society organizations. The plan focuses on the implementation of programmes that reduce disaster risk, ensure the safety of citizens and protect the country’s economic, social, environmental and cultural heritage.
26 Dec 2013 News briefs

Americas parliament lays down resilience law

Latin America has taken a step towards mainstreaming disaster risk reduction into national development policy instruments and poverty reduction strategies. The Latin American Parliament has adopted a protocol on disaster risk management that obliges its 23 member states to incorporate guiding principles of building resilience into existing or emerging legislation. The adoption of the protocol comes ahead of the 2014 Americas Regional Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction, to be held in Ecuador, in May.
30 Jan 2014 News briefs

New Champion for Making Cities Resilient

The Mayor of the Argentinian city, Sante Fe, José Corral, returns to his home city tomorrow from the 7th World Urban Forum (WUF7) as a Champion of UNISDR’s Making Cities Resilient Campaign .
9 Apr 2014 News briefs

Post-quake opportunity in Chile

The Head of UNISDR, Margareta Wahlström, arrived yesterday in Chile, where she was received by the President, Michelle Bachelet, prior to a regional consultation on disaster risk reduction with the eleven member countries of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR).
10 Apr 2014 News briefs

Americas to decide needs for UN global agreement on disaster risk

Several hundred government and civil society representatives from over 30 countries will gather this week in the Ecuadorian city of Guayaquil to review progress in the Americas on reducing exposure to disaster risk.
26 May 2014 Press release

Americas DRR Platform opens with Ecuador’s HFA success

Ecuador has invested heavily in disaster risk reduction (DRR), both politically and financially, and with some good results, but there is much still do, the opening session of the 4th Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas heard on Tuesday.
27 May 2014 News briefs

Americas children heard on DRR

Nearly 60 children and young people from across Latin America and the Caribbean made a strong and colourful claim on Tuesday for their voices to be heard in campaigns to reduce risks of natural disasters and other pressing environmental and social issues.
28 May 2014 News briefs

New pact must integrate DRR and national development

The biggest challenge facing next year’s UN World Conference to agree a new global DRR framework, is how to integrate disaster risk reduction (DRR) into national development plans, Margareta Wahlström, Head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), said on Wednesday.
29 May 2014 News briefs

Strengthen role of local authorities in DRR

A new global framework for disaster risk reduction (DRR) must seek to strengthen the role of local government because the impact of all disasters is local, the 4th Session of the Americas Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction heard on Wednesday.
29 May 2014 News briefs

Risk and poverty reduction in the Americas

Ecuador is using policies of poverty reduction to limit the vulnerability of populations to natural hazards and disasters, the 4th Session of the Americas Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction heard yesterday in a wide-ranging discussion on the links between poverty and disasters.
29 May 2014 News briefs

Americas calls for ‘indicators of resilience’

The Americas region gave further impetus to the global efforts to agree a new international framework on disaster risk reduction (DRR) by adopting on Thursday a series of recommendations to be included in the agreement due to be adopted at a world conference next year in Sendai, Japan.
30 May 2014 News briefs

Brazil scores at DRR too!

Football fans from all over the world were joined in São Paulo this week by officials representing the hopes and aspirations of 37 million people who live in 59 municipalities which are now members of UNISDR’s Making Cities Resilient Campaign.
12 Jun 2014 News briefs

HFA ‘central’ to Mexico’s risk management

Next year’s World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Japan coincides with the lead-up to the 30th anniversary of the devastating 1985 Mexican earthquake, whose tragic consequences pushed the country into developing one of the world’s most effective disaster prevention and response systems.
30 Jul 2014 News briefs

UN Resilient Cities Campaign tops 2000

With the addition of Aguas da Prata, Brazil, 2,000 cities worldwide are now enrolled in the Global Campaign “Making Cities Resilient: My City is getting Ready!" promoted by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR). About 25% of the cities are located in the Americas, and approximately 11% (226) of all cities are situated in Brazil...

14 Aug 2014 Press release

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