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At tsunami summit, high school students commit to curb risk

Hundreds of high school students from around the world have pledged to step up efforts to reduce disaster risk, at a global gathering held to mark the first edition of World Tsunami Awareness Day.

1 Dec 2016 News briefs

Working mum makes Africa Platform

The Africa Regional Platform has proved to be child-friendly for one working mother, Ms. Oumie Sissokho, Director of Operations with National Disaster Management Agency of the Gambia.

25 Nov 2016 News briefs

Growing tsunami awareness in Africa

A special event was held yesterday at the Africa Regional Platform to mark the introduction of World Tsunami Awareness Day to the international calendar.

25 Nov 2016 News briefs

Africa backs action on Sendai

Africa's 5th High Level Meeting on Disaster Risk Reduction was attended by representatives from 47 countries today and agreed a programme of action to implement the Sendai Framework.

25 Nov 2016 News briefs

Africa speaks with one voice on DRR

The 6th Africa Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction closed today with comments on a draft Programme of Action for implementation of the Sendai Framework which will be considered tomorrow by a Ministerial level meeting.
24 Nov 2016 News briefs

UNISDR hails The Economist Intelligence Unit's move on disaster risk analysis

The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) welcomes a move by The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) to add the threats posed by natural and human-induced hazards to its widely-respected country analyses.

23 Nov 2016 Press release

Mauritius invests 2% GDP in resilience

The Africa Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction is being hosted by a small island developing state for the first time. The conference has been hearing what Mauritius is doing to reduce disaster risk and fight climate change.

23 Nov 2016 News briefs

Agenda 2030 and search for coherence

There was a wide ranging discussion on understanding disaster risk and coherence between the main framework agreements comprising the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.
23 Nov 2016 News briefs

End the tyranny of ignorance on disaster risk

UNISDR chief, Mr. Robert Glasser, today called for "an end to the tyranny of ignorance" on disaster risk during a press conference on the first day of the African Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in Mauritius.

22 Nov 2016 News briefs

Opening speech by Robert Glasser at the Africa Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

There are few parts of the world where disaster risk is such a strong feature of daily life as here on the great continent of Africa.

22 Nov 2016 Statements & speeches

Technology: the future of disaster risk reduction?

Fast-paced developments in technology have the potential to help the world rein in the impact of natural and human-induced hazards, notably when it comes to tackling urban risk.

21 Nov 2016 News briefs

Africa convenes on Sendai Framework

The 6th Session of the Africa Regional Platform opens tomorrow and is expected to recommend a programme of action for implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

21 Nov 2016 News briefs

Countries back disaster risk reduction benchmarks

Negotiators today wrapped up talks on how to measure global progress in implementing the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the world’s most ambitious plan to date for curbing the impact of natural and human-induced hazards.

18 Nov 2016 News briefs

Climate early warning initiative focuses on most vulnerable

African Least Developed Countries and Pacific Islands will be the first to benefit from upgraded early warning systems against weather and climate-related shocks under an action plan outlined at the United Nations climate change conference.

17 Nov 2016 Press release

Thailand’s ‘Madam Disaster’ champions risk reduction

Asia’s most prolific disaster risk reduction journalist has urged media colleagues from 12 other countries to move beyond simply describing events and instead help their audiences better protect themselves from various hazards.

16 Nov 2016 News briefs

Public-private partnership vital to reduce risk

The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) has called on governments, businesses and communities in island nations to work together to curb the impact of hazards stoked by climate change.

15 Nov 2016 News briefs

Sendai benchmarks reach final stretch

Diplomats and disaster risk reduction experts today began a third and final round of talks to fix benchmarks of success in curbing the impact of natural and man-made hazards through to 2030.

14 Nov 2016 News briefs

Typhoon Haiyan memory spurs ARISE commitment

Exactly three years after the country was lashed by the deadly Typhoon Haiyan, UNISDR’s Private Sector Alliance for Disaster Resilient Societies (ARISE) network in the Philippines yesterday committed to strengthen partnerships with national and local authorities, academia and civil society as part of its ambition to reduce disaster risk in the hazard-prone country.

9 Nov 2016 News briefs

Uganda integrates disaster risk reduction into school curriculum

Ensuring that children understand hazards is the route to reducing their impacts. Uganda is making disaster risk education part of its curriculum in order to bring up a generation that knows how to deal with the threats that it faces.

8 Nov 2016 News briefs

Tsunami dead remembered

The UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, Mr. Robert Glasser, initiated a minute’s silence today in remembrance of all those who have lost their lives in tsunamis as the first World Tsunami Awareness Day was commemorated on the final day of the Asian Ministerial Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction.

5 Nov 2016 News briefs

Closing speech by Robert Glasser at the Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction

Prime Minister Modi set the tone for this Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction when he urged us all to embrace wholeheartedly the spirit of the Sendai Framework. Today when I see the outcomes from the Conference and the scale of your ambition over the next 14 years for implementing the Sendai Framework, I think the Prime Minister can rest assured that his appeal did not fall on deaf ears.

 

5 Nov 2016 News briefs

Asia adopts ambitious Sendai plan

The Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction was hailed by the Indian Home Minister, Mr. Rajnath Singh, as “a landmark event” as it concluded today with adoption of a clear regional plan to substantially reduce disaster losses by 2030.

5 Nov 2016 News briefs

Tales of resilience scoop film awards

Three films of human resilience in an era of increasing disaster risk and a changing climate have scooped the main prizes at a prestigious awards ceremony. The documentaries – from Vietnam, Indonesia and India – were honoured for their insightful journalism and compelling tales of local innovation at the closing of the Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction 2016.

5 Nov 2016 News briefs

Sendai Framework monitoring by 2020

There was a wide-ranging discussion of indicators to measure progress in reducing disaster losses today at the Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction. Full scale monitoring of the Sendai Framework is due to start in 2020.

4 Nov 2016 News briefs

400 years of data show tsunami threat ever-present across the world

The UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, Mr. Robert Glasser, today warned against complacency in the face of the global tsunami threat which is often forgotten in parts of the world that have been affected in the distant past. The first ever World Tsunami Awareness Day is tomorrow,  5 November.

4 Nov 2016 Press release

Tsunami survivors say risk awareness is a lifesaver

One is a Czech model-turned-activist, and the other a student who hails from Spain. Their lives changed forever on 26 December 2004, when they were caught up in the tragedy of the Indian Ocean Tsunami. Both have become tireless campaigners for disaster risk reduction.

4 Nov 2016 News briefs

Singapore and UNISDR boost developing countries' Sendai capacity

Singapore and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) have renewed their partnership to strengthen the disaster risk management capacity of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and other developing countries that are vulnerable to natural disasters and are on the front line of climate change.

3 Nov 2016 Press release

Challenge of tsunami awareness

A wide ranging Special Session on World Tsunami Awareness Day took place yesterday before today's opening of the Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction. Raising awareness of rare events is challenging.

3 Nov 2016 News briefs

Speech by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to the Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction

"The journey from Sendai continues here in Delhi, where the outcomes of your efforts will influence the disaster risk reduction agenda not just in Asia but in the world at large," UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has told the Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, hosted by India.

3 Nov 2016 Statements & speeches

Embrace the spirit of Sendai, urges India PM

The Prime Minister of India, Mr. Narendra Modi, today urged participants in the Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction “to wholeheartedly embrace the spirit of Sendai, which calls for an all-of-society approach to disaster risk management.”

3 Nov 2016 News briefs
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