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Private sector role in 'Safe Water for All'

The private sector is making significant contributions to the delivery of reliable and safe water worldwide, providing services to around 160 million people in emerging markets, according to a report from World Bank Group's private arm, the International Finance Corporation (IFC).
13 Mar 2012 News briefs

EU creates academic network for disaster resilience

Inspired by UNISDR’s flagship 'Making Cities Resilient' campaign, the European Commission’s Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency is to boost disaster preparedness in European cities by turning higher education institutes into 'reliable partners to reduce society’s vulnerability to hazards.'
14 Mar 2012 News briefs

Migration not a matter of choice but survival, says Kiribati President

Following a recent decision by its Cabinet to buy land in Fiji as 'climate change insurance' for its population, Kiribati President, Anote Tong has called on the international community to address the effects of climate change that could wipe out the entire Pacific archipelago.
15 Mar 2012 News briefs

Risk reduction promise at World Water Forum

Prevention and response to water-related disasters and crises are high on agenda at this week's Sixth World Water Forum which has resulted in a Ministerial Declaration that "we intend to develop and strengthen national and trans-boundary disaster prevention and response strategies."
16 Mar 2012 News briefs

UNISDR champion fights to save ancient rice terraces

The 2,000 year-old Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras are a UNESCO world heritage site often described as the 8th Wonder of the World. Their preservation is at the heart of an environmental campaign launched last weekend by UNISDR's Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Champion, Senator Loren Legarda.
19 Mar 2012 News briefs

Disaster losses top one trillion dollars as donors underfund risk reduction

The UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, Margareta Wahlström, today launched a new report by Development Initiatives which highlights major discrepancies in the way that donors allocate funding for disaster risk reduction despite economic losses of over one trillion dollars from disasters so far this century.
20 Mar 2012 Press release

Asian mayors meet in Manila to talk resilience

Mayors and other representatives from some of Asia's largest cities are gathering for three days in Manila to focus on urban resilience across the disaster-prone region.
21 Mar 2012 News briefs

UNISDR calls for consumer care on World Water Day

The UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, Margareta Wahlström, today urged people to think about how much water they will be responsible for using today on World Water Day.
22 Mar 2012 Press release

Spotlight on risk reduction for Rio+20

The newly formed Group of Friends for Disaster Risk Reduction this week launched a powerful photo exhibition at the UN in New York to coincide with the opening of the so-called "informal-informal" negotiations leading up to the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development or Rio+20.
23 Mar 2012 News briefs

Child traffickers thrive on disasters

Disasters and climate related catastrophes are increasing the dangers facing children today such as child trafficking, according to a recent report by Najat Maalla M'jid, the UN Special Rapporteur on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography.
26 Mar 2012 News briefs

Private sector's key emergency role in Japan

Kokusai Kogyo is one of several Japanese companies bound to the government by a bond called saigai kyotei, a service agreement activated by the occurrence of an emergency.
27 Mar 2012 News briefs

Mayor says Venice will be an icon of resilience

The Mayor of the fabled city of Venice, Giorgio Orsoni, has been chosen by UNISDR as Europe's first Champion of Urban Resilience in recognition of his efforts to build resilience to disasters and protect cultural heritage.
28 Mar 2012 News briefs

Bangladesh highlights shortage of cyclone shelters as UNISDR chief visits

The UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, Margareta Wahlström, today discussed with the Bangladesh Government the country's huge shortfall in cyclone shelters and the protection of the country's coastline from rising sea-levels at the start of a three day mission to Bangladesh where the cyclone season starts on April 1.
29 Mar 2012 Press release

IPCC report outlines threat to 'The Future We Want'

UNISDR today welcomed the full publication of the Special Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation (SREX) and said "it provides us with the impetus for action to save the world from the worst that climate change can bring to our planet in the coming years."
30 Mar 2012 News briefs

UNISDR Chief visits Bangladesh cyclone belt

A visit to a disaster-resilient habitat in Bangladesh has prompted UNISDR Chief Margareta Wahlström to acknowledge the south Asian country as leading developing nations in the global fight against climate change impacts.
2 Apr 2012 News briefs

Chile’s local leaders empowered to act on risk

Recently empowered by the Chilean Congress, local government bodies in Chile are using their increased autonomy to boost community resilience and address risk reduction.
4 Apr 2012 News briefs

Twinning for disaster risk reduction

Threatened by increasing and lethal seasonal floods, the 500-year old Malaysian port city of Melaka is making considerable efforts to reduce the disaster risks that it currently faces from such climate related catastrophic events.
10 Apr 2012 News briefs

Indian Ocean tsunami early warning systems pass test

Following a massive earthquake earlier today in the Indian Ocean and the threat of a tsunami, Indonesian President and UNISDR Global Disaster Risk Reduction Champion, Susilo Bambang Yudhyono, told the press, "Our early warning system is working well". There were no tsunamis in Banda Aceh or other places which were hard hit by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.
11 Apr 2012 News briefs

Risk reduction moves centre stage for Rio+20

The cost of disasters were summed up last night in dollars lost, people displaced, lives lost as one would expect at a meeting hosted by Columbia University with the theme "From Sendai to Rio -- Cultivating a Disaster-Resilient Society for Sustainable Development."
12 Apr 2012 News briefs

Nations call for focus on disaster risk reduction at Rio+20

There was a strong call for "the incorporation of disaster risk reduction in any future framework for sustainable development" during the UN General Assembly Thematic Debate on Disaster Risk Reduction yesterday which served as a major curtain raiser for Rio+20.
13 Apr 2012 News briefs

Australia, Germany, UK raise bar for donors, says report

A new report on humanitarian responses states that "If other donors were to follow the lead being set by Australia, Germany and the United Kingdom, it could mean a turning point in transforming the humanitarian system from a reactive, response-driven model, to a proactive, preventive and anticipatory model."
16 Apr 2012 News briefs

UNISDR Chief surveys risk reduction in Vietnam

UNISDR Chief, Margareta Wahlström, today visited parts of Vietnam's Mekong Delta which were affected by storm surges last October and are most vulnerable to rising sea levels caused by climate change.
17 Apr 2012 News briefs

UN launches new initiative to assess urban risk

The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) today launched a new initiative to support cities around the world to manage risk following the worst year on record for economic losses from disasters. It also announced today that over 1,000 cities have now joined its "Making Cities Resilient" Campaign.
18 Apr 2012 Press release

Writeshops successfully mentor young researchers

Yuwan Malakar has good reason to be focused and driven these days. The 30-year old environmental management major from Nepal has just had his first paper on climate change adaptation (CCA) and disaster risk reduction (DRR) published in one of the highly respected online journals of the Policy Studies Organization.
19 Apr 2012 News briefs

The 6th International Seminar on Community-based Adaptation - Address by Margareta Wahlström

I am honored to be invited to 6th International Seminar on Community-based Adaptation. It has been more than seven years that the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) was adopted by 168 Governments at the World Conference on Disaster Reduction in Japan. The HFA provides a framework to reduce disaster through five priorities for prevention.
19 Apr 2012 Statements & speeches

UNISDR welcomes Viet Nam’s new climate change strategy

As she wrapped up a five-day visit to Viet Nam, Margareta Wahlström, the top UN disaster risk reduction Official, commended the Government on the ambitious Community-based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM) Programme and the comprehensive new National Climate Change Strategy.
20 Apr 2012 News briefs

UNISDR chief visits flood-prone Cambodian province

At the start of a week-long trip to Cambodia, the UN's senior official for disaster risk reduction, Margareta Wahlström, met yesterday with a 64-year-old grandmother who saved the lives of her five grandchildren during last year's heavy monsoon rains.
23 Apr 2012 News briefs

Using GIS for disaster risk reduction

Innovations in technology have made it easier in the last decade to reduce disaster risks and plan for the future. The internet combined with technologies, such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS), now makes it possible to better understand and communicate the social and physical complexities of disasters.
24 Apr 2012 News briefs

Americans report feeling impact of climate change

A new study finds that 51 percent of Americans believe that extreme weather will cause a natural disaster in their own community in the next year.
25 Apr 2012 News briefs

Cambodia learning lessons from floods, says UNISDR Chief

Nineteen year old Ien Sophorn heads a children's council in Cambodia that works with the Srei Nam Provincial Committee of Disaster Management to raise awareness on climate change adaptation.
26 Apr 2012 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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