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Arab States set to increase disaster loss databases

A regional meeting of experts held in Cairo could result in a doubling of the number of Arab countries that systematically report on disaster losses. UNISDR brought together over 40 participants from 15 Arab countries to discuss and exchange experiences on establishing national disaster loss databases.
23 May 2012 News briefs

70th Coordination Group Meeting of the Arab Aid Consortium - Address by Margareta Wahlström

Excellencies, Distinguished Representatives, Colleagues, Ladies and Gentlemen, I am honoured to have been invited to talk to you today on the occasion of the 70th Coordination Group Meeting of the Arab Aid Consortium, and in celebration of 50 years of the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development.
12 Mar 2012 Statements & speeches

Morocco to create National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

Morocco is taking steps to join 78 other nations whose governments have created National Platforms for Disaster Risk Reduction to support policies for building resilience to disasters.
28 Feb 2012 News briefs

More Lebanese cities pledge to become resilient

In 2010, Beirut, Baalbek, Byblos, Tyre, Saida and Tripoli, six of Lebanon’s most prominent and historic cities, together joined the UN’s “Making Cities Resilient” campaign, signalling a strong intent to improve their people’s safety and preparedness. Today, the number of Lebanese cities in the campaign has grown to 58.
26 Dec 2011 News briefs

Action plan for disaster risk reduction takes shape in the Arab region

The League of Arab States (LAS) and UNISDR move one step closer to a plan of action on disaster risk reduction for the Arab region. The action plan is expected to be endorsed at the first-ever Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Arab region planned for 2012.
23 Nov 2011 News briefs

Egypt celebrates the International Day for Disaster Reduction side by side with children and youth

UNISDR, the UN's disaster risk reduction office, in Egypt joined events around the world to celebrate the International Day for Disaster Reduction, 13 October, with the theme of recognizing the role of children and young people as partners in disaster risk reduction.
23 Oct 2011 News briefs

Lebanon puts army and civil service on front line of risk reduction

UNISDR Chief, Margareta Wahlström, today welcomed the news that both the Lebanese Army and the National Institute of Administration, the country’s civil service, are to make disaster risk reduction a core element of staff training.
21 Oct 2011 Press release

Lebanon acts to scale up disaster reduction

One of the world’s most earthquake-prone and heavily urbanized countries, Lebanon, is bringing together 96 mayors and other leaders from over 80 cities and municipalities for two days this week to discuss progress on disaster risk reduction across a wide range of threats.
20 Oct 2011 News briefs

How to better communicate disaster risk reduction

Some of the biggest media houses in the world from the Times of India to the Philippines Daily Inquirer to Caracol Television in Colombia have now participated in media training on disaster risk reduction organized by UNISDR, the United Nations office for disaster reduction, with the support of ECHO, the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid branch.
18 Oct 2011 News briefs

Regional launch of World Bank-UN report calling for governments to implement preventive measures to reduce toll of natural disasters

The report "Natural Hazards, and Unnatural Disasters: the Economics of Effective Prevention", prepared by the World Bank in partnership with the United Nations and funded by the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, concludes that natural hazards often turn into disasters as a result of poor policies and practices, and examines ways to make prevention cost-effective.
15 Sep 2011 Press release

Lebanese media trained to cover disasters through a risk reduction lens, as government prepares for forest fires

More than twenty journalists from Lebanese radio, television and print media, as well as communication officers from the Lebanese government, attended a two-day media training in Beirut on how to cover disasters from a prevention angle.
22 Jul 2011 News briefs

City of Kuwait hosts major gathering on linking disaster risk reduction into urban planning and city development strategy in the Gulf States

UNISDR, UNHABITAT and UNDP Kuwait organized a workshop on "Advancing disaster risk reduction and urban strategy in the Gulf States" in collaboration with the Capacity for Disaster Reduction Initiative (CADRI) and the International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISoCaRP).
21 Jun 2011 News briefs

Egypt holds the first UNDP-coordinated training on Disaster Risk Reduction in the Arab Region to discuss regional risks trends

The first comprehensive training on Disaster Risk Reduction in the Arab region gathered thirty leading specialists to discuss regional and global disaster risk trends. Organized by the UNDP Regional Centre for Arab States, it provided valuable insight on disaster risk assessment, mitigation and preparedness.
9 Jun 2011 News briefs

New impetus for disaster risk reduction in the Arab region, according to the 2011 Global Assessment Report

Cairo, 22 May - The United Nations report titled "Revealing risk, redefining Development", launched this May by Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon at the Third Session of the Global Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction in Geneva, reveals a new interest and concern for disaster risk reduction in the Middle East and North Africa.
22 May 2011 News briefs

Reducing Disaster Risk in the Arab Region

Cairo. – The Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, the world’s foremost gathering of disaster risk reduction stakeholders, will convene from 8 to 13 May in Geneva. The Arab region will be represented by over 100 participants from 21 countries. A governmental delegation from Egypt will attend this event as well as the Information and Decision Support Center (ISDC), the Arab Academy for Science Technology and Maritime Transport and the Regional Center for Disaster Risk Reduction.
1 May 2011 News briefs

Arab region takes steps to reduce disaster risk, endorses Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction

Heads of States welcomed and endorsed the "Arab Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction 2020" in recognition of the increasing risk and frequency of disasters that challenge the development process in the region during the 2nd Summit for Socio Economic Development of the Council of Arab Ministers Responsible for the Environment (CAMRE) held in Egypt in January 2011.
11 Feb 2011 Press release

Killer year caps deadly decade - reducing disaster impact is "critical" says top UN disaster official

24 Jan 2011 Press release

Recruitment to the Pool of DRR Experts

UNICEF MENARO is currently researching and developing a pilot mechanism for securing disaster risk reduction expertise for UNICEF projects and programmes. The UNICEF Pool of DRR Experts is designed to initially support UNICEF's DRR initiatives in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Should the pilot be successful, UNICEF hopes that such a pool of talent is of value to all DRR actors, not only in MENA but ultimately at the global scale.
18 Jan 2011 News briefs

Standardized national disaster databases established in several Arab countries

Jordan is the first country in the Arab region to complete a standardized national disaster database. Egypt and Syria are in the finalization stage, and Morocco and Yemen are expected to be ready by end of December 2010. The establishment of national disaster databases with a specific standardized methodology and tools has attracted other countries such as Djibouti and Lebanon in developing nation disaster losses databases as well.
22 Nov 2010 News briefs

World Bank-UN Report Charts Path to Prevent Death and Destruction from Natural Hazards

21 Nov 2010 News briefs

Implementation of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction

2 Nov 2010 News briefs

International Day for Disaster Reduction celebrated in the Arab region

Seven countries in the Arab region celebrated the International Day for Disaster Reduction 13 October 2010.

The global awareness campaign Making Cities Resilient was launched nationally in several of the countries.

1 Nov 2010 Newsletter

Making Cities Resilient campaign launched in the Arab region

21 Oct 2010 News briefs

“Making Cities Resilient” campaign launched in Kuwait

The “Making Cities Resilient: My City is Getting Ready!” campaign was officially launched today in the Arab region, during an event in the margins of the General Assembly meeting of the Arab Towns Organization. The event also took place in presence of H.E. Abdulaziz Yousef Al-Adsani, Secretary General of the Arab Towns Organization and Dr. Fadel Safar Ali Safar, Minister of Municipal Affairs, Kuwait. > View full story
4 Oct 2010 Press release

My city is getting ready is yours?

30 May 2010 News briefs

Mediterranean: Launch of PPRD South web portal

In addition to providing proper visibility to the activities and to the outputs of the Programme, the PPRD South web portal is designed to serve as a multi-lingual interactive tool on civil protection cooperation between Europe and the Mediterranean and Balkan region....
14 Apr 2010 News briefs

Regional training on HFA monitoring

In accordance with the recommendations of the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015: Building the resilience of nations and communities to disasters (HFA), in past years, the UNISDR secretariat has facilitated biennial reviews to monitor progress on implementation of the HFA at the national, regional and international levels. To facilitate countries' reporting on HFA progress, UNISDR has developed an online monitoring and reporting tool "HFA Monitor" which was used by 102 countries in the 1st reporting cycle covering 2007-2009. The 2nd cycle of reporting on HFA progress (for 2009-2011) will start in March 2010 with the objective of receiving completed progress reports from governments by September 2010. This self-assessment will provide valuable information on progress in the key areas of disaster risk reduction.
24 Mar 2010 News briefs

Help shape the 2010-2011 world disaster reduction campaign

Know more – Invest wisely – Build more safely! Cities and local governments need to get ready and become resilient to disasters. For the next two years and beyond, the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) will campaign together with its partners for this to happen. Get involved, reduce risk, get your city ready!

> Find out more about the 'Making Cities Resilient' Campaign

11 Mar 2010 News briefs

Regional Training on Disaster Inventories: Towards developing capaities for risk reduction in the Arab region

3 Mar 2010 News briefs

Flash floods in Red Sea coast of Egypt forecasted by early warning system

2 Feb 2010 News briefs

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