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Montenegro launches National Platform for DRR

Montenegro today became the 27th country in Europe to launch a National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, a key step towards implementing the world’s first global blueprint for reducing disaster risk, the Hyogo Framework for Action.

16 Dec 2014 News briefs

Fogo volcano forces more evacuations

The President of the Cape Verde National Civil Protection Service, Arlindo Lima, has warned that the situation on the island of Fogo is likely to get worse in the coming days as volcanic activity continues and lava pours out of the Chã das Caldeiras crater where it has already destroyed two villages.
12 Dec 2014 News briefs

Slovenia joins UNISDR Cities Campaign

Kamnik has become the first town in the Balkan state of Slovenia to join UNISDR's Making Cities Resilient Campaign. An event last week to mark the move brought together representatives from national and local authorities, and dozens of firefighter volunteers.
11 Dec 2014 News briefs

ASEAN push for DRR journalism syllabus

As the Philippines continued its recovery from Typhoon Hagupit which killed more than 27 people over the weekend, thirty representatives of journalism schools from the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Cambodia, Lao PDR and Myanmar met for two days in Manila to discuss how to integrate disaster risk reduction into training for journalists in ASEAN countries.
10 Dec 2014 News briefs

UN lauds Philippines handling of Typhoon Hagupit (Ruby)

As negotiations resume this week in Geneva on a global agreement on disaster risk management, the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) said the Philippines “zero casualty” approach to managing Typhoon Hagupit was further evidence of Asia’s leadership role in reducing mortality and tackling economic losses from disasters.
8 Dec 2014 Press release

Georgia gets ready for World Conference

The Georgian government is committed to pursue an ambitious approach in disaster risk management that says ‘prevention is better than cure’.
8 Dec 2014 News briefs

Sasakawa long list announced

GENEVA, 8 December 2014 – The 2015 Sasakawa Award has generated a huge response with 88 nominations of individuals and organizations received from a remarkable 44 countries...

8 Dec 2014 News briefs

Georgia joins resilient cities campaign

TBLISI, 5 December 2014 – Telavi, one of the most ancient cities of Georgia, has become the country’s first municipality to join the Making Cities Resilient Campaign...

5 Dec 2014 News briefs

Huge demand for evacuation centres in Tacloban

Government and schools were closed today in the Philippines coastal city of Tacloban as thousands of families flocked to evacuation centres ahead of the feared arrival of another “super typhoon” at the weekend.
4 Dec 2014 News briefs

Quake survivor promotes inclusion in HFA2

YEREVAN, 3 December 2014 – The global effort to forge a 2015 framework for disaster risk reduction – an updated Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) - has championed inclusiveness as a key strength for the future resilience of communities and nations...

3 Dec 2014 News briefs

Armenia highlights Sendai opportunity

Global policymakers were today urged to grasp the opportunity of the upcoming Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction #wcdrr as a key moment in collective efforts to build safer and more resilient nations www.wcdrr.org.
3 Dec 2014 News briefs

Brazil’s São Paulo State recognized by UN for pioneering work in building urban resilience to disasters

UNISDR’s Making Cities Resilient Campaign usually recognizes exceptional performance by cities and towns in disaster risk management but today it granted role model status to São Paulo State, Brazil, for its ability to mobilise 211 cities and towns in the populous state to join the Campaign.
3 Dec 2014 Press release

Earthquake city joins UNISDR campaign

YEREVAN, 1 December 2014 – The Armenian city of Spitak, at the epicentre of the devastating 1988 earthquake, is a reminder of why current efforts to forge an ambitious post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction are so important.
1 Dec 2014 News briefs

Crab risk reduction in Bangladesh!

The Hyogo Framework for Action has been an important guide to disaster risk managers working to build resilience on one of the world’s most exposed and vulnerable coasts.
27 Nov 2014 News briefs

Negotiations continue on new DRR framework

Work is to continue on the negotiation of the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction following two days of debate and discussion at the 2nd Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) for the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction which concluded in Geneva yesterday evening.
20 Nov 2014 News briefs

Seven targets being considered for new HFA

An informal Working Group on Targets and Indicators for the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction provided a review of its work to date yesterday to a gathering of government representatives negotiating the text of the first major document of the post-2015 development agenda.
18 Nov 2014 News briefs

Sendai WCDRR will be disability-inclusive

GENEVA, November 18, 2014 - The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and the Nippon Foundation today signed an agreement that will make the 3rd UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) accessible and inclusive for persons with disabilities.

18 Nov 2014 News briefs

Financial accounting ‘strengthens resilience’

GENEVA, 18 November 2014 – Financial accounting for disaster risk is an opportunity to strengthen national resilience, leaders from the public and private sector were told today...
18 Nov 2014 News briefs

UN Member States negotiate on managing disasters and climate risks

Over 150 UN Member States are expected in Geneva today to negotiate the text of a new agreement on disaster and climate risk management almost ten years after the first such agreement was adopted following the Indian Ocean tsunami which claimed over 220,000 lives.
17 Nov 2014 Press release

UN Secretary-General urges action to reduce disaster risk

The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today issued a call for action “to save lives, preserve livelihoods and reduce economic losses” as negotiations progress towards a new agreement on disaster and climate risk management.
17 Nov 2014 News briefs

Disasters and business continuity in the Philippines

The first anniversary of Typhoon Haiyan which took the lives of 6,300 people and resulted in US$ 10 billion in economic losses, was the impetus for a gathering of 130 chief executives, middle managers and government officials to discuss building resilience to disasters yesterday in Manila.
11 Nov 2014 News briefs

Haiyan survivors get new homes

A dream came true for more than 200 families from Bogo city in Cebu yesterday when they received the keys to their new homes, a year after the most powerful typhoon to make landfall in the Philippines destroyed their old houses last November.
10 Nov 2014 News briefs

Sendai is ready to tell its story

Ito Yoshichika is one of many proud citizens of the City of Sendai who are looking forward to telling their remarkable story of recovery when the city plays host to an expected 8,000 participants at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, in March 2015.
6 Nov 2014 News briefs

'Work towards zero casualties' – Message from Incheon

Forty city officials from China, Japan and Republic of Korea today joined in a toast “to work towards zero casualties from disasters” as the countdown continues to the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, in Sendai, Japan, next March.
5 Nov 2014 News briefs

Why are people poor and vulnerable?

Geneva - Terry Cannon, the editor of the 2014 World Disasters Report is not afraid to ask the big questions when it comes to disaster risk reduction...
31 Oct 2014 News briefs

Pakistan’s first DRR Masters graduates

The faculty of Pakistan’s National University of Science and Technology Risalpur campus knew it was time to act when the 2010 floods devastated large swathes of their country directly affecting 20 million people.
28 Oct 2014 News briefs

South East Europe builds resilience to natural hazards

A new cross-border multi-hazard early warning system will be developed in the Western Balkans and Turkey to increase resilience to floods, landslides, droughts and heat-waves which often hit the region and to build on the lessons learnt from the devastating floods of May 2014.
27 Oct 2014 News briefs

Kristalina Georgieva recognized as DRR Champion

The European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, Kristalina Georgieva, today called for a change in “the global mind-set towards disaster risk reduction” as she was confirmed as a Champion of Disaster Risk Reduction by UNISDR.
24 Oct 2014 News briefs

Revised HFA stresses political leadership

The Zero Draft of the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction was published and circulated widely today. It is an early draft of the final document which will be adopted at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan, next March.
21 Oct 2014 News briefs

UNISDR champion is new IPU President

UNISDR Chief, Margareta Wahlstrom today welcomed the election of UNISDR champion and long-standing advocate for disaster risk reduction, Saber Hossain Chowdhury, as the new President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU).
17 Oct 2014 News briefs
The United Nations General Assembly requested UNISDR to facilitate the development of a post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction The United Nations General Assembly requested UNISDR to facilitate the development of a post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction.
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