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Disaster laws can make a difference

When implemented, disaster risk reduction laws save lives and strengthen capacity at local and national level, according to a new study released today.
25 Jun 2014 News briefs

Thai PBS scoops inaugural DRR media award

Every Saturday afternoon at 5pm, up to 10 million people tune into what is probably the world’s most popular television programme on disaster risk reduction.
25 Jun 2014 News briefs

Prince Charles backs revision of HFA

25 June 2014, LONDON – The International Insurance Society today hosted a “Financial and Private Sector Disaster Resilience Global Summit” for 500 insurance and business leaders to discuss how to integrate the business sector and financial system within the new global framework on disaster risk reduction which will succeed the current Hyogo Framework for Action in March, 2015.

25 Jun 2014 Press release

Bangkok Declaration adopted

Ministers, top government officials and more than 3,000 delegates from Asia Pacific today recognized the achievements of the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) as a springboard to implement a more comprehensive Post-2015 Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.
26 Jun 2014 News briefs

Haiyan tale scoops film award

“Their houses may fall, their businesses may be lost, but, by God, the men of Guiuan will look good.”
26 Jun 2014 News briefs

83 mayors in quake zone join UNISDR campaign

The vast majority of towns and municipalities in the earthquake-prone Italian Province of Potenza, have joined the UNISDR Making Cities Resilient Campaign. Over 10,000 people died and several towns in Potenza were destroyed in the 1857 Basilicata or Great Neapolitan Earthquake which led to significant advances in the study of seismology.

1 Jul 2014 News briefs

Kyrgyz Republic assesses over 3,000 schools

The major push for disaster-safe schools in the Kyrgyz Republic perfectly illustrates how good risk information can focus political will and help direct resources towards reducing underlying risk factors (in line with Priority 4 of the Hyogo Framework for Action, the global agreement on reducing disaster risk).
2 Jul 2014 News briefs

China celebrates the Hyogo Framework for Action

China has succeeded in keeping its direct economic losses from disasters to within a target of 1.5% of GDP for three consecutive years, according to a new film which celebrates the country’s achievements in implementing the five priorities of the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA), the global blueprint for reducing disaster losses adopted in 2005 by all UN member States.
4 Jul 2014 News briefs

Geneva milestone on road to Sendai

Next week’s intergovernmental meeting (PrepCom) in Geneva is a major milestone on the road to Sendai, Japan, where the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction will convene in March, 2015, to adopt a new global agreement on reducing disaster risk, the head of UNISDR, Margareta Wahlström, said today.
7 Jul 2014 News briefs

Economic losses over $100 bn for 4th year

Figures released today show that for the fourth consecutive year, direct economic losses from major reported disasters have exceeded $100 billion. It has happened on seven occasions since 2004 including the last four years: 2010 ($138 bn), 2011 ($371 bn), 2012 ($138 bn) and 2013 ($116 bn). Some 315 disasters killed 22,000 people in 2013 and affected 95 million.
7 Jul 2014 Press release

European ministers call for accountability in reducing disaster losses

Efforts to ensure political commitment to a new global agreement on reducing disaster losses have received a major boost as representatives from 40 European countries agreed to a series of sweeping recommendations designed to build resilience to disasters. Europe experienced over 40 major disaster events last year affecting millions. Major flood and hailstorm events generated $25 billion in economic losses.
9 Jul 2014 Press release

Europe backs post-2015 agreement on DRR

This week’s European Ministerial Meeting on Disaster Risk Reduction has made a series of recommendations for the Post-2015 Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction in advance of next week’s Intergovernmental Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) meetings in Geneva which will produce the first draft.
10 Jul 2014 News briefs

Mortality Atlas sets stage for DRR PrepCom

A new review of disaster losses from 1970 to 2012 released today sets the stage for next week’s intergovernmental discussions on a new global framework for disaster risk reduction hosted in Geneva by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR).
11 Jul 2014 News briefs

DRR talks open in Geneva

Preparations for the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction gathered momentum today as more than 600 government representatives and experts from around the world convened in Geneva for the First Session of an Intergovernmental Preparatory Committee.
14 Jul 2014 News briefs

SRSG Margareta Wahlström's opening remarks at PrepCom1 Meeting

Opening remarks of Margareta Wahlström, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, at the First Meeting of the Preparatory Committee for the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, 14 July 2014, Geneva.
14 Jul 2014 Statements & speeches

DRR for business and food security

The private sector and farmers took the stage today at preparatory talks on a new global framework for disaster risk reduction which are open to major groups from civil society as well as governments.
14 Jul 2014 News briefs

Local data key to resilience

GENEVA, 14 July 2014 - Indicators for the Post-2015 Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction need to show what is happening locally as well as globally, the Preparatory Committee of the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction heard today...

14 Jul 2014 News briefs

Civil society calls for inclusive DRR

The lack of privacy for women in emergency shelters – managed by men - following the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami was cited today as an example of how gender issues can be overlooked in disaster risk management as civil society took centre stage at preparatory talks in Geneva on the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction scheduled for Sendai, Japan, in March 2015...
15 Jul 2014 News briefs

Triple test for public-private partnerships

Future progress to reduce disaster risk rests, in large part, on expanded and stronger public-private sector partnerships, the Intergovernmental Preparatory Committee of the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction heard today.
15 Jul 2014 News briefs

Communities show way to resilience

GENEVA, 15 July 2014 – Local communities are already leading the way in adopting a holistic approach to development, the Preparatory Committee of the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction heard today...

15 Jul 2014 News briefs

Post-2015 DRR framework “on track”

GENEVA - July 15, 2014 - More than 600 government representatives and experts today concluded the First Session of the Intergovernmental Preparatory Committee for the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in 2015, with broadly converging views on how to address the threats posed by disasters and climate change...

15 Jul 2014 News briefs

“Zero Tolerance” in Albay pays off

Governor Joey Salceda of hard-hit Albay Province, today said economic losses from Typhoon Rammasun (local name Glenda) could push over 20,000 families into poverty but many lives have been saved through early warnings and evacuations.
17 Jul 2014 News briefs

Finland welcomes disaster risk review

The Finnish government has officially accepted the Peer Review report on its implementation of the global blueprint for disaster risk reduction, the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) which was adopted in 2005 and is due to be renewed next year at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, in Sendai, Japan.
18 Jul 2014 News briefs

Lives saved but typhoon losses grow

Once more, preparedness has proven its mettle. Pre-emptive evacuation saved thousands of lives as Typhoon Glenda (international name: Rammasun) unleashed its fury in the Philippines, the strongest storm to visit the country since Typhoon Haiyan wrought havoc in the central, eastern and western Visayas regions last year.
21 Jul 2014 News briefs

HFA helps Armenia reduce risk

Armenia’s Minister of Emergency Situations has praised the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) for inspiring “significant progress” in his country’s efforts to reduce disaster risk.
23 Jul 2014 News briefs

HFA ‘central’ to Mexico’s risk management

Next year’s World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Japan coincides with the lead-up to the 30th anniversary of the devastating 1985 Mexican earthquake, whose tragic consequences pushed the country into developing one of the world’s most effective disaster prevention and response systems.
30 Jul 2014 News briefs

UNISDR partners with ABU and EBU to encourage more TV productions on DRR

To celebrate its global alliance with TV broadcasters and the role they played in the past ten years to advance the disaster risk reduction agenda, the UN office for Disaster Risk Reduction is teaming up with the Asian Broadcasting Union (ABU) and the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and launching its first Disaster Risk Reduction Documentary Award.
31 Jul 2014 Press release

Quake tragedy drives advocate for safe schools

Zara Tonoyan is passionate about her work to make Armenian schoolchildren and their classrooms safer from disaster.
6 Aug 2014 News briefs

Early warning saves lives in China earthquake

Early warning has been credited with saving the lives of several residents during this week’s earthquake in Yunnan Province.
7 Aug 2014 News briefs

UN Resilient Cities Campaign tops 2000

With the addition of Aguas da Prata, Brazil, 2,000 cities worldwide are now enrolled in the Global Campaign “Making Cities Resilient: My City is getting Ready!" promoted by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR). About 25% of the cities are located in the Americas, and approximately 11% (226) of all cities are situated in Brazil...

14 Aug 2014 Press release
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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