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15 Jun 2009 News briefs

Governments ‘must invest today for safer tomorrow' – the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction opens in Geneva

 

The Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction opens in Geneva

Leaders and representatives from some 165 Governments gathering here today for the 2009 Global Platform on Disaster Reduction will be urged to ‘invest today for a safer tomorrow’ – or face much harder decisions in the years to come.

16 Jun 2009 News briefs

Indonesian scientist Eko Teguh Paripurno wins 2009 UN Sasakawa Award

The 2009 laureate for the Sasakawa Award for Disaster Reduction is geologist Dr Eko Teguh Paripurno. He receives the award - valued at US$ 50,000 - for his lifetime contribution and his outstanding commitment to reduce disaster risk and building capacity at the community level in Indonesia, one of the countries most vulnerable to multiple hazards.
16 Jun 2009 Press release

Global Platform for Disaster Reduction

16 Jun 2009 News briefs

The Global Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction goes carbon neutral

17 Jun 2009 News briefs

Risk reduction conference ends with call to halve disaster related deaths by 2015

 

The Global Platform ended today with participants from more than 300 regional/national organizations and governments urging political leaders to implement measures to halve the number of deaths from natural hazards by 2015.

 

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19 Jun 2009 News briefs

Chair’s Summary of the Second Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

25 Jun 2009 News briefs

Side Event on South Eastern Europe and Disaster Risk Reduction, 17 June 2009, Global Platform, Geneva (Switzerland)

26 Jun 2009 News briefs

BBC World Debate ‘Prevent or React’

1 Jul 2009 News briefs

G8 Summit ‘promises much’ on Disaster Risk Reduction

Leaders of the world’s eight main industrialized countries gathering for a G8 Summit meeting later this week are being urged to apply their ‘considerable influence, resources and political will’ to advance five major action points on disaster risk reduction (DRR).
7 Jul 2009 Press release

IPCC Special Report 'Managing the risks of extreme events and disasters': Nominate an author until 27 Jul 2009

15 Jul 2009 News briefs

UNISDR side event at ECOSOC 2009 - Briefing on the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

17 July 2009, Palais des Nations 1.15-2.45 pm Room XXII

The side event will brief on the outcomes of the Second Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in June 2009. It will build on the Chair’s Summary of the Global Platform and highlight the lessons, findings and recommendations from global and regional reports and the conclusions from the five high-level panels, each of which is being represented by the Panelists.

 

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17 Jul 2009 News briefs

First Euro-Mediterranean forum on Civil Protection issues 21-22 July 2009, Rome (Italy)

20 Jul 2009 News briefs

Second session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

The second session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction was held from 16 to 19 June in Geneva, Switzerland and attracted approximately 152 governments, 137 organizations, and 1688 delegates. Africa alone accounted for more than 160 participants with a government delegation of over 40 countries including high-ranking government and political leaders.

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27 Jul 2009 News briefs

Disaster Prevention Workshop, 27-29 July 2009, Stockholm (Sweden)

5 Aug 2009 News briefs

Asia's first urban risk reduction training and education facility opens in Republic of Korea

The United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) and the Government of the Republic of Korea are opening Asia's first ISDR Education and Training Institute for Urban Risk Reduction in Incheon, Republic of Korea.
11 Aug 2009 Press release

International Conference on ‘Building a Local Government Alliance for Disaster Risk Reduction’, 11-13 August, Incheon, Republic of Korea

The international conference on ‘Building a Local Government Alliance for Disaster Risk Reduction’ is co-organized by Incheon Metropolitan City and UNISDR and will bring together 200 participants.
11 Aug 2009 News briefs

Landslide Impacts Can Be Reduced

More landslides can be expected as climate change exacerbates rainfall intensity – but their impact can be reduced, stresses the UN organization charged with coordinating global disaster risk reduction. "As this week's tragic events in East Asia show once again, people living on unstable slopes and steep terrains are particularly at risk from landslides in the wake of torrential rain and flooding," says Margareta Wahlström who heads the UN International Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR). "While landslides are hard to predict, people living in landslide-prone areas can be alerted in advance if there are monitoring and warning systems in place to measure rainfalls and soil conditions." View full story
12 Aug 2009 Press release

World Humanitarian Day

19 Aug 2009 News briefs

World Climate Conference - 3

28 Aug 2009 News briefs

Hospitals Safe from Disasters in ECO countries, 2008-2009 Global Campaign

19th seminar of health in emergencies and disasters entitled “Hospitals Safe from disasters in ECO countries” was a seminar with cooperation of University of Tehran, ISDR, ECO, ASRC, UNDP and WHO, held in Tehran. In this workshop the responsible organizations shared their experiences related to hospitals safety and discussed the way forward and next steps.
2 Sep 2009 News briefs

Launch of the 2009 ISDR Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction: Risk and poverty in a changing climate

The Report is the first biennial global assessment of disaster risk reduction prepared in the context of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR). The Report was coordinated by UNISDR, in collaboration with UNDP, the World Bank, UNEP, WMO, UNESCO, the ProVention Consortium, the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute and a wide range of other ISDR partners.
2 Sep 2009 News briefs

UNISDR at World Climate Conference 3 (WCC-3)

WCC-3 focuses on how humankind can benefit from the advances in climate prediction and information services to manage climate-related risks as a way of developing resilience through adaptation. Disaster Risk Reduction is a key component of the agenda and UNISDR is directly involved in a variety of events, such as the Opening of the Conference and Plenary Session 4 on Climate Extremes, Warning Systems and Disaster Risk Reduction.
4 Sep 2009 News briefs

UN Secretary-General to convene summit on climate change - disaster risk reduction on the agenda

16 Sep 2009 News briefs

The Summit on Climate Change acknowledges disaster risk reduction

 

Disaster risk reduction was highlighted during the one-day Summit on many occasions. The outcome of the Summit, captured in the Chair’s Summary, emphasized clearly that adaptation must be given higher priority and in this context called for greater synergy with disaster risk reduction.

 

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23 Sep 2009 News briefs

Typhoon Ondoy - Realities on the ground deserve priority for action

 

As the death toll rises in the Philippines, after Typhoon Ondoy struck the country and left the main capital Manila in havoc, poor drainage systems and garbage disposal problems appear to have aggravated the impacts of the disaster.

 

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29 Sep 2009 News briefs

New National Platforms in Europe

7 Oct 2009 News briefs

National Platforms for Advancing Disaster Risk Reduction at National Level Workshop, 31 August-02 September 2009, Sarajevo (Bosnia-Herzegovina)

7 Oct 2009 News briefs

2009 International Day for Disaster Reduction - 14 October

12 Oct 2009 News briefs

Maldives celebrates International Day for Disaster Reduction

School children from the Maldives will be visiting one of their native islands, Dhuvaafaru today for an awareness raising activity within the context of the International Disaster Risk Reduction Day. Dhuvaafaru was among the several islands severely affected by the 2008 tsunami.


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14 Oct 2009 News briefs
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