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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

Thieves join global warming in attack on iconic glacier

Climate change was a key driver in 2005 when 168 UN member states agreed on an international blueprint for disaster risk reduction but there is no reference in the Hyogo Framework for Action* to the environmental threat posed to the world’s retreating glaciers by criminal gangs.
2 Feb 2012 News briefs

Caribbean efforts to be 'a carbon neutral destination'

Bequia is a delightful link in the chain of islands which make St. Vincent and the Grenadines such an attractive destination for sun worshipping tourists. With a population of 4,300 people and an area of just 18 km2, it is on the frontlines of the unfolding drama of climate change and Small Island Developing States. And, like many small tropical islands during the dry season, Bequia has problems with water supply which global warming threatens to exacerbate.
25 Jan 2012 News briefs

Brazil to open Centre of Excellence for Disaster Risk Reduction

The Brazilian government has agreed to open a Centre of Excellence for Disaster Risk Reduction, one year after deadly landslides in the state of Rio de Janeiro prompted President Dilma Rousseff to devise plans to improve the country’s disaster readiness.
24 Jan 2012 News briefs

9/11 inspires US private, public sector summit on resilience

Some of the biggest names in the U.S. private and public sectors gathered in New York on Wednesday at a Pace University Summit on Resilience to see how best partnerships between these two sectors could be developed to strengthen resilience in cities and communities in light of increasing hazards.
13 Jan 2012 News briefs

Haitian earthquake boosted global commitment to disaster risk reduction

On the occasion of the two-year commemoration of the Haitian earthquake today, the UN Secretary General’s Special Representative on Disaster Risk Reduction, Margareta Wahlström, recognized the significant progress made over the last two years in dealing with the consequences of the disaster which took over 220,000 lives and left hundreds of thousands homeless.
12 Jan 2012 Press release

Americas pledge to protect schools

Eighteen countries in Latin America and the Caribbean have agreed to tighten up on school safety while also integrating disaster risk reduction into the school curriculum, following high-level talks on education in Panama City.
10 Nov 2011 News briefs

Disaster management under pressure in Nicaragua

As the number of people in Central America affected by tropical depression 12-E rises to 1.9 million, the UN has launched its second flash appeal in two days and is now asking for US$14.3 million to assist Nicaragua which is being devastated by heavy rainfall and floods.
28 Oct 2011 News briefs

Blocked roads hamper access to flood areas in El Salvador

The UN has issued a flash appeal for US$15.7 million to provide emergency assistance to El Salvador which has now been pounded by heavy rains and floods since 10 October.
26 Oct 2011 News briefs

26 Years after Major Earthquake - Mexico City Targets at Risk Buildings

Between observance of the 26th anniversary of the September 1985 earthquake in Mexico City and Mexico’s hosting of the global celebration yesterday of the 2011 World Habitat Day under the theme Cities and Climate Change, the municipal government of the capital city has passed a new law on structural safety that will further protect people living with earthquake risk.
4 Oct 2011 News briefs

Disaster risk reduction on the agenda of 124th Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly

As part of the 124th Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly, a meeting was organized on the importance of disaster risk reduction and building sustainable development. Held from 15 to 20 of April in Panama City, the panel was moderated by Maureen Ballestero Vargas, former Vice-President of the Legislative Assembly of Costa Rica.
20 Apr 2011 News briefs

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