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The world's humanitarian burden is too big. How can we lessen it?

Twelve months have passed since the adoption by UN member states of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, a 15-year plan for reducing disaster losses from manmade and natural hazards.

2 May 2016 Statements & speeches

Kenyan city pilots Sendai risk monitoring

The Kenyan city of Kisumu is pioneering local-level implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction in Africa, underlining its determination to find sustainable solutions to the challenge of rapid urbanization and a changing climate.

29 Apr 2016 News briefs

One year after: Nepal starts to build back better

One of the world’s most ambitious low-cost housing reconstruction programmes ever to be undertaken in a seismic zone is due to get underway this week following the first anniversary of the April 25 Nepal earthquake.

28 Apr 2016 News briefs

El Nino impacts underscore need for preparedness

The world needs to do more to tackle the drawn-out impacts of the strongest El Nino in five decades, senior aid and development officials say, underscoring the call for preparedness and resilience in the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

27 Apr 2016 News briefs

One Year On: Learning from the Nepal Earthquake

A month after a new global plan was adopted to reduce disaster losses at a UN Conference in Japan last year, the 7.8 magnitude Nepal earthquake struck, reminding the world again why action on reducing disaster losses is so critical for sustainable development in low-income countries.

26 Apr 2016 Statements & speeches

Nepal quake anniversary underlines need to build back better

The head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, Mr. Robert Glasser, today marked the anniversary of the 7.8 magnitude earthquake which struck Nepal last year with a call for greater investment in resilient infrastructure if the death toll from future earthquakes is to be reduced.

25 Apr 2016 Press release

15 vulnerable States ratify Paris Agreement

UNISDR chief, Mr. Robert Glasser, has praised the leaders of 15 UN member States particularly vulnerable to climate change for being the first to ratify the Paris Agreement on climate.

24 Apr 2016 News briefs

Southern African countries set to track disaster losses

Six southern African countries have taken a key step in their efforts to implement the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, a 15-year global agreement to curb the impact of natural and man-made hazards, by starting a programme to harness data.

22 Apr 2016 News briefs

Paris Agreement must deliver long-term climate stability

UNISDR chief, Mr. Robert Glasser, calls on signatories to the Paris Agreement on climate to go beyond their existing commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions if the world is to avoid catastrophic future weather events.

21 Apr 2016 Press release

Video address by Robert Glasser to the GNDR Global Summit

Thanks for giving me the opportunity to address this important meeting, which is a new milestone on the road to resilience.

21 Apr 2016 Statements & speeches

How can we make earthquakes less deadly?

A four-storey hotel collapses, killing a family of four who were bringing a precious daughter to start her first year at medical school. Across Ecuador and Japan, hundreds of thousands are left homeless. Bridges have collapsed. Roads are torn to shreds and blocked by landslides. Farmland is churned back to raw earth.

20 Apr 2016 Statements & speeches

Seismic safety is a matter of life and death

The hundreds of deaths in Ecuador and the dozens of victims in Japan are a stark reminder of a basic fact about earthquakes: it is buildings, and not the shake itself, that claim most lives.

19 Apr 2016 News briefs

Earthquakes pose a major threat to built environment

Hundreds of people are dead or missing as a result of a series of earthquakes in Japan and Ecuador in recent days. Reducing earthquake risk is an important objective of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction says UNISDR chief Mr. Robert Glasser.

18 Apr 2016 Press release

Disaster risk management vital for private sector

Trillions of dollars of new investment are expected to pour into in hazard-prone areas by 2030, dramatically increasing the global value of assets at risk. Factoring that into capital investments, supply chains and operations will be decisive for business resilience and the success of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

15 Apr 2016 News briefs

Private sector hammers out resilience plans

An international business group working to reduce the impact of natural and man-made hazards has pledged to ensure that the private sector plays its part in implementing the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

12 Apr 2016 News briefs

Build better boost for Sendai Framework

The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction promotes good land use and compliance with building codes and regulations. The World Bank Group has announced a new program to tackle the issues.

8 Apr 2016 News briefs

Philippine elections trigger disasters debate

Disaster risk reduction is an election issue in one of the world's most disaster-prone countries, the Philippines, which holds presidential, national and local elections on May 9.

6 Apr 2016 News briefs

Korean children switch on to Sendai Framework

The child-friendly version of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction is to be translated into Korean following a meeting of children and youth supported by the city of Incheon with the participation of UNISDR.
1 Apr 2016 News briefs

World Tsunami Awareness Day launch in New York

World Tsunami Awareness Day will be commemorated this year for the first time, and every year thereafter, on 5 November. The Japanese Permanent Mission at the UN in New York marked the launch with an event which also marked the first anniversary of the adoption of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

31 Mar 2016 News briefs

Universities etch disaster risk into business studies

Ensuring that companies understand and act on the risks posed by natural and man-made hazards is a vital step towards reducing disaster impacts. Business education offers a tool to achieve this.

29 Mar 2016 News briefs

Resilient private sector showcased in Japan

The role of the private sector in making societies resilient to disasters and ensuring development is sustainable has been spotlighted as part of events commemorating the fifth anniversary of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami.

25 Mar 2016 News briefs

Thai municipalities strive for disaster resilience

Mayors and deputy mayors from 15 municipalities in Thailand have committed to reduce disaster risks and greenhouse gas emissions in order to strengthen the resilience of their cities.

24 Mar 2016 News briefs

Forecasters key link in disaster risk reduction chain

Weather forecasters are a critical part of efforts to rein in the impact of natural hazards such as floods and droughts, which are being stoked by climate change, the head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction said today.

23 Mar 2016 News briefs

Speech by Robert Glasser at the World Meteorological Organization

We are probably still at a stage in human development when poverty and exposure to disaster risk are the main factors in deciding whether someone survives an event such as Typhoon Haiyan which claimed over 6,000 lives in the Philippines in November 2013.

23 Mar 2016 Statements & speeches

French Government backs Sendai Framework

At the first meeting of the French Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction since the adoption of the Sendai Framework, France today announced a series of measures which will help achieve the targets.

22 Mar 2016 News briefs

France unveils flood awareness measures

The French government has unveiled a package of measures intended to raise public awareness of the threat posed by floods.

22 Mar 2016 News briefs

Speech by Robert Glasser at the French National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

France is well placed to take on a leadership role in the implementation of the Sendai Framework given how much it has demonstrated its commitment to reducing disaster risk and reducing disaster losses.

22 Mar 2016 Statements & speeches

Intervention de Madame Ségolène Royal aux 3e Assises nationales des risques naturels le 22 mars à Marseille

Je suis très heureuse d’être parmi vous pour ouvrir ces troisièmes assises nationales des risques naturels à Marseille. Nous sommes dans une région particulièrement concernée par des risques naturels, inondations, feux de forêt, risque sismique, tsunami. Et je sais combien les élus, les acteurs économiques et les populations de cette région sont sensibilisés sur ces sujets.

22 Mar 2016 Statements & speeches

Sendai: London's perspective

London is home to almost nine million people. It is a global centre for finance, insurance, education and culture. As the capital of the United Kingdom it is a critical centre for national government. These crucial roles mean that it must be resilient to disaster.

21 Mar 2016 News briefs

Mexico to host 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

Representatives of UN Member States were informed today in Geneva that the 5th Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction will take place in Cancun, Mexico, in May 2017. It is held every two years and is the largest gathering of its kind. The next Global Platform will focus on implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction which was adopted on this day last year at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction.

18 Mar 2016 Press release
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