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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Land management key to US wildfire problem

The two largest and most destructive forest fires in Colorado’s history yesterday prompted U.S. President Barack Obama to issue a disaster declaration for the state.
29 Jun 2012 News briefs

Rio’s call to action on disaster risk reduction

The largest UN summit ever organized closes today with an urgent worldwide call for accelerated implementation of the international blueprint for disaster risk reduction agreed by all UN member States seven years ago.
22 Jun 2012 News briefs

Top scientist appeals for better communication of risk

The UK's Chief Scientific Adviser, Sir John Beddington, used yesterday's UNISDR "Resilient Cities" event at Rio+20 to make an urgent appeal for scientists to use plain language if they are to play a larger role in policymaking on climate change.
21 Jun 2012 News briefs

Private sector plea for resilience at Rio+20

A meeting of 1,000 business executives gathered at Rio+20 heard a passionate plea for resilience from Aris Papadopoulos, CEO of Titan America, a large cement manufacturer, who is also chairman of UNISDR's Private Sector Advisory Group.
19 Jun 2012 News briefs

Parliamentarians focus on risk reduction at Rio

Around 200 legislators from 74 countries and the European Union met yesterday on the sidelines of the UN Rio+20 sustainable development conference to approve a "Legislators' Protocol," containing a set of "Rio Scrutiny Principles" to strengthen legislators' capacity to hold governments to account on promises made at development conferences including Rio+20.
18 Jun 2012 News briefs

Caribbean islands earn hurricane insurance rebate

As the 2012 Atlantic Hurricane Season kicks off, all 16 member governments of the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF) have committed for the sixth year in a row to renew their hurricane and earthquake insurance for 2012-2013 and earned themselves a 25% premium rebate.
15 Jun 2012 News briefs

Inclusive dialogue key to Rio+20 outcome

Whether the discussion is on jobs, food, energy, water, oceans or sustainable cities, inclusive dialogue is key, say UN agencies on the sidelines of Rio+20, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, as negotiators enter the last round of talks on an outcome document ahead of the conference's official start next week.
14 Jun 2012 News briefs

Caribbean urged to prepare for a tsunami

The magnitude 4.0 earthquake recorded off the coast of Antigua on 11 May is "a warning that the Caribbean should prepare for a much more severe earthquake to come," says a leading expert.
8 Jun 2012 News briefs

Peru launches cities campaign

Peru launched a recruitment drive this week for UNISDR's Making Cities Resilient campaign and 14 municipalities signed up yesterday in Lima to deliver on the campaign's "Ten Essentials."
25 May 2012 News briefs

It’s Zombie Preparedness Week in British Columbia

The threat of zombie attacks has been largely overlooked in the annals of disaster risk management but that may be about to change thanks to a week-long campaign on disaster preparedness which finishes today in Canada.
18 May 2012 News briefs

'Central America cannot continue to rebuild disaster risk'

Weak disaster preparedness and recovery planning in two of the world's most disaster-prone countries were discussed over four days this week by government officials, mayors, local government representatives and international risk management experts in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, as they seek to develop national disaster recovery plans for Honduras and neighboring El Salvador.
11 May 2012 News briefs

Americans report feeling impact of climate change

A new study finds that 51 percent of Americans believe that extreme weather will cause a natural disaster in their own community in the next year.
25 Apr 2012 News briefs

Chile’s local leaders empowered to act on risk

Recently empowered by the Chilean Congress, local government bodies in Chile are using their increased autonomy to boost community resilience and address risk reduction.
4 Apr 2012 News briefs

UNISDR urges Mexican Mayors to join Cities Campaign

Disaster risk reduction was at the top of the agenda today for over 2,000 mayors and municipal leaders in Vera Cruz, Mexico, attending the Conferencia Anual de Municipios 2012 at which the keynote address was delivered by UNISDR Chief, Margareta Wahlström.
1 Mar 2012 News briefs

Chile still living with quake effects

The repercussions from the deadly earthquake and tsunami which hit Chile two years ago continue to play out in the country's courts and in expressions of frustration at the pace of reconstruction.
27 Feb 2012 News briefs

Panama Canal expert joins regional fight for risk reduction

The dynamic new Vice-President of the National Assembly of Panama, Rony Araúz, is emerging as a leading advocate of disaster risk reduction in Central America following a career monitoring the passage of hazardous materials through the Panama Canal.
9 Feb 2012 News briefs

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