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DRR addresses causes of fragility

The role of disaster risk reduction was at the heart of discussions this week on he implementation of Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) commitments on environment and energy.

19 Oct 2017 News briefs

Africa gets ready for Sendai Monitor

The African Union has announced plans to increase the number of member States with national disaster loss data bases and to put a training programme in place in preparation for the roll-out next year of the Sendai Monitor, the UNISDR-backed mechanism for measuring progress in reducing disaster losses.
18 Oct 2017 News briefs

Fiji calls for action on climate

The Prime Minister of Fiji and the incoming COP23 President, Mr. Vorege Bainone, is hosting a pre-COP23 meeting to galvanise action on climate change and disaster risk.
17 Oct 2017 News briefs

UN Secretary-General: Sendai Framework is essential to achieving the SDGs

The UN Secretary-General António Guterres marked International Day for Disaster Reduction with a call to reduce the numbers of people affected by disasters and said the Sendai Framework is essential to achieving the SDGs.

17 Oct 2017 News briefs

UN Bonn Office to Monitor Global Disaster Losses

The UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, Mr. Robert Glasser, today announced that next year will see the start of worldwide monitoring of disaster losses from extreme weather events and earthquakes through the Bonn office of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR).
17 Oct 2017 Press release

Disasters are driving world hunger

Disasters helped to drive up world hunger last year to 815 million from 777 million in 2015, according to an
16 Oct 2017 News briefs

Sudden Onset Disasters To Make 14 Million People Homeless Every Year

Research findings released today on International Day for Disaster Reduction forecast a continued rise in homelessness among people in the world’s most disaster prone countries unless significant progress is made in managing disaster risk.
13 Oct 2017 Press release

American industry launches UN backed network to build resilience to disasters

International Day for Disaster Reduction was marked by American industry with the launch of a new initiative, ARISE-US to raise disaster awareness in the private sector.

13 Oct 2017 Press release

Improving our understanding of disaster risk

UNISDR today launches new Guidelines for National Disaster Risk Assessment (NDRA)to mark International Day for Disaster Reduction.

13 Oct 2017 News briefs

#IDDR2017: Dominica PM calls for climate action

Following the devastation wrought on his Caribbean island home by Hurricane Maria, the Prime Minister of Dominica, Mr. Roosevelt Skerrit, is calling on the world not “to turn its back” on the problem of climate change and for greater investment in disaster risk reduction.
12 Oct 2017 News briefs

#IDDR2017: UN Geneva Seminar Targets Youth

Valentina comes from Nancy and Agathe from Strasbourg. They are completing their final year at university and are among 150 students who are attending a two-day UN Geneva Seminar series on disaster risk reduction that started today.
12 Oct 2017 News briefs

UN SG: Disasters Driving Poverty

A new report by UN Secretary-General, Mr. António Guterres, on the Implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction warns annual average losses from disasters in less developed countries accounting for more than 20 per cent equivalent of social expenditure.

10 Oct 2017 News briefs

Italy establishes Heritage Resilience Centre

Italy will further strengthen its reputation as a leader on protection of cultural heritage from disasters when it opens a new Heritage Resilience Centre on October 13, International Day for Disaster Reduction.
9 Oct 2017 News briefs

Climate change and disasters “a suicidal development”

Visiting hurricane devastated islands in the Caribbean at the weekend, the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, stated that “the link between climate change and the devastation we are witnessing is clear, and there is a collective responsibility of the international community to stop this suicidal development.”
9 Oct 2017 News briefs

Tsunami and earthquake risk on agenda at UN Open Day in Geneva

Earthquakes and tsunami may be rare events in Switzerland but they can happen. In 563, a mudslide triggered a tsunami in Lac Leman (Geneva's lake) creating waves which reached around 8 meters in Geneva and 13 meters in Lausanne.
6 Oct 2017 News briefs

Pacific commits on inclusion

The 2017 Joint Pacific Platform for Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change Roundtable today committed “to amplify efforts” towards an all-of-society approach that builds disaster and climate resilience across this huge maritime region.
5 Oct 2017 News briefs

Pacific: DRR is everyone’s business

The Pacific region today challenged itself to make disaster risk reduction everybody’s business and convert one of the main calls for action of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction into an everyday reality.
4 Oct 2017 News briefs

Pacific tackles disaster and climate risk

A landmark meeting in the Pacific focused on integrated efforts to protect lives and livelihoods from the negative impact of disaster and climate risk will open tomorrow.
3 Oct 2017 News briefs

Australia to hold Diversity in Disaster Conference

International Day for Disaster Reduction on October 13 will see the launch of a major awareness raising initiative in Australia on the role that gender plays in disasters and how improved understanding can help reduce the numbers of people affected by disasters, the theme of this year’s International Day.
28 Sep 2017 News briefs

UN: Mexico earthquake underlines importance of strict building codes to ensure safe schools and buildings

The UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, Mr. Robert Glasser, today expressed his sincere condolences to the people and government of Mexico on the tragic loss of life from the September 19 earthquake.
22 Sep 2017 Press release

Hurricanes expose resilience gap on small islands

Two years ago this month, Tropical Storm Erika, dumped an enormous quantity of rain on the small island of Dominica in the Caribbean.
19 Sep 2017 News briefs

Mexico steps up to unique triple disaster threat

Mexico has been working to improve its early warning systems and disaster risk management for over three decades. There are few countries in the world resilient enough to respond to a hurricane and the strongest earthquake in a century, accompanied by a tsunami threat, all within hours of each other. Such was the challenge that confronted Mexico last week.
14 Sep 2017 News briefs

UN: Huge Volume of Extreme Weather Events Pose Major Threat to Peace and Security of Vulnerable Communities

The head of UNISDR, Mr. Robert Glasser, today issued a strongly worded statement in response to the unprecedented volume of extreme weather events unfolding around the world this week.

8 Sep 2017 Press release

Hurricane Harvey underlines need for strong risk governance

The UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, Mr. Robert Glasser today extended his condolences to the people of the US State of Texas for the loss of life in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey which has affected millions along the coastline.
28 Aug 2017 News briefs

Climate Change Is Key Driver Of Disasters

Until recently it has been well understood that the main drivers of weather-related disasters were increased exposure and vulnerability due to poverty, the breakneck pace of urbanization in low and middle income countries, population growth, the destruction of protective eco-systems and low institutional capacity to manage disaster risk.
9 Aug 2017 News briefs

Fires in Europe Fuelled by Urbanisation and Climate Change

Rapid urbanisation and climate change are major drivers of the many forest fires which continue to sweep across parts of southern Europe claiming many lives and causing significant economic losses, according to a leading expert.
8 Aug 2017 News briefs

UNISDR Champion Highlights Youth Role

ULAANBAATAR, 4 August 2017 – UNISDR’s newest Champion for Disaster Risk Reduction has called upon youth leaders from around the world to make a bigger contribution to global efforts towards sustainable and resilient development.
4 Aug 2017 News briefs

Disaster resilience is a core business issue

Businesses of all sizes need to ensure that resilience lies at the core of their decision-making processes in order to help the authorities and the wider community reduce the risk of disasters.

11 Jul 2017 News briefs

Disaster prevention champion Legarda calls for resilience in quake zones

International disaster prevention advocate Senator Loren Legarda has called for a strengthening of the resilience of critical infrastructure, in the wake of a magnitude 6.5 earthquake that hit Leyte in her homeland the Philippines last week.

11 Jul 2017 News briefs

‘Tsunami literacy’ saves lives

Early warning technology is vital to save lives if a tsunami strikes, but public awareness of how to react is the critical factor, according to experts at an international meeting.

27 Jun 2017 News briefs
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