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Strengthening the coherence between DRR, climate change and sustainable development

Thank you for inviting me to Mongolia and the opportunity to contribute to this important national ‘Development Dialogue’ focusing on building a more resilient Mongolia. I wish to sincerely thank the Deputy Prime Minister, His Excellency Mr. U. Khurelsukh and the Government of Mongolia for inviting me to join your efforts to make us of and strengthen the coherence between sustainable development, disaster risk reduction, and adapting to climate change.
19 May 2015 Statements & speeches

Showcasing Cuba’s Hurricane Sandy recovery

The United Nations has unveiled a multimedia application that showcases the work done to help Santiago de Cuba to recover from the impact of Hurricane Sandy, which lashed the island’s second-largest province in October 2012.

15 May 2015 News briefs

Arab Region backs DRR in SDGs

More than 300 Arab government representatives from the finance, economic, social, environment and technology sectors have developed a regional position for the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals due to be adopted at a UN summit this September.

13 May 2015 News briefs

Mongolia forges ahead on Sendai Framework

The head of UNISDR Margareta Wahlström today met with the Prime Minister of Mongolia, Mr. Chimed Saikhanbileg, as the country embarks on implementing the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the global plan of action adopted in March at the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction.
12 May 2015 News briefs

A lucky escape for Nepal’s schoolchildren

The death toll among Nepali schoolchildren would have been significant if the 7.8 magnitude earthquake had struck on a school day instead of a Saturday, the only day when schools are completely closed.
11 May 2015 News briefs

UNISDR praises Geneva’s flood management

The head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, Margareta Wahlström, today praised Geneva for its management of the exceptional floodwaters which have threatened the city in recent days following torrential rain in the French Alps. Geneva is home to UNISDR and 40 other UN agencies.
6 May 2015 Press release

Geneva’s perfect flood management

The Swiss city of Geneva has been scrambling to stave off flooding as heavy rain pours down into mountain streams and swells rivers. Its success in meeting the crisis head-on underscores the importance of long-term planning to reduce disaster risk.

5 May 2015 News briefs

Canada invests in disaster mitigation

The Canadian Ministry of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness of Canada has launched the first call for proposals within the CAD$ 200 million (approx. US$ 165 million) National Disaster Mitigation Program (NDMP), as part of the Government’s commitment to build safer and more resilient communities.
1 May 2015 News briefs

WHO welcomes Sendai focus on health

The World Health Organization has welcomed the fact that the new Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR) puts health at the centre of disaster risk management.
29 Apr 2015 News briefs

Jordan takes lead on city-to-city risk reduction

Models of local-level disaster risk reduction and management, the Jordanian cities of Aqaba and Petra are leading an initiative for five fellow municipalities which have stepped up their own efforts to build resilience.

28 Apr 2015 News briefs

Nepal tragedy underlines need for greater investment in reducing risk

The Head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, Margareta Wahlström, today expressed her condolences to the government and people of Nepal on the loss of life, injuries and devastation caused by the 7.8 magnitude earthquake at the weekend.
27 Apr 2015 Press release

Nepal scrambles in aftermath of quake

Nepal was scrambling on Sunday to save the lives of people trapped in the rubble following the country's devastating earthquake, as the death toll mounted to 2,000, and the population of affected areas remained outdoors as aftershocks continued to rock the country.

26 Apr 2015 News briefs

Nepal suffers devastating earthquake

One of Asia's poorest and most disaster-prone countries, Nepal is reeling from a massive earthquake outside the capital Kathmandu which has claimed hundreds of lives.

25 Apr 2015 News briefs

Local governments lead resilience in Jordan

Municipalities are taking the lead in Jordan to help build resilience to disasters, in the wake of recurrent winter storms that have seen heavy snow, rainfall and high winds cause power cuts, road closures and flooded homes.
22 Apr 2015 News briefs

Inventions for disaster risk reduction

Inventors aiming to reduce the risk of disasters have flocked to Geneva to pitch a whole range of cutting-edge ideas, from earthquake-resistant buildings to lamps that make evacuations easier.
20 Apr 2015 News briefs

Samurai protects his people… from floods

A 16th century Samurai has left a powerful legacy on the floodplain as well as the battlefield in one of Japan’s most beautiful yet hazardous regions.
13 Apr 2015 News briefs

Urban resilience goes on-line

Disaster risk reduction has entered the exciting world of E-learning with the launch of an on-line course aimed at officials and practitioners working to strengthen urban resilience.
9 Apr 2015 News briefs

Prevention pays: Japan’s private sector leads the way

Four years on from the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan, the country’s business sector has lived up to its reputation for resilience and shown clearly why disaster preparedness is so important for recovery.
7 Apr 2015 News briefs

Pacific cyclones highlight existential threat of climate change

The head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), Margareta Wahlström, spoke today of her concerns about the future development of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in the face of extreme weather events.
2 Apr 2015 Press release

Fukushima’s fish industry yet to recover

The fishing industry along the eastern coast of Japan is still reeling from the twin earthquake and tsunami that rocked the region four years ago, demonstrating starkly how disasters can strain key economic sectors and test resilience.
31 Mar 2015 News briefs

WCDRR public forum drew crowds

A five-day event held as part of the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) turned out to be a magnet for the public, drawing thousands of people keen to share experiences of disasters such as the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, and to learn about everything from early warning systems to dry shampoo handed out in evacuation centres.
27 Mar 2015 News briefs

‘Our voice has been heard in Sendai’

The new Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction is built on inclusion and highlights the important role of children and young people as “agents of change.”
26 Mar 2015 News briefs

Historic framework adopted

eath and destruction from earthquakes, extreme weather and other hazards around the world would be decreased significantly by 2030 according to goals set today by countries meeting at the Third World Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction, which closed this evening in Sendai, Japan.
24 Mar 2015 News briefs

SRSG Margareta Wahlström's closing remarks at the WCDRR

I am honoured to be with you here today with you at the closing of the Third United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction. This has been an important journey to get here and today has been a very interesting day, and it ended extremely well. I wish to thank you for the time, energy, and thoughtfulness you put to conclude this work.
19 Mar 2015 Statements & speeches

Sendai UN World Conference hailed for accessibility

The Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (#WCDRR), is being hailed by participants as the first international meeting of its kind to provide a wide range of accessibility features for people living with disabilities.
18 Mar 2015 Press release

New study shows little prospect of reducing economic losses from disasters

Preliminary results of a catastrophe modelling study presented today at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction show little prospect of reducing economic losses from present levels of $240 billion per year.
18 Mar 2015 Press release

India to host first Asian Ministerial Conference of post-2015 era

The Government of India today announced that it will host the first Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction of the post-2015 era.
18 Mar 2015 News briefs

Inclusion builds resilience

‘Inclusion builds resilience’ is the clear message from persons with disabilities to the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction.
18 Mar 2015 News briefs

World Conference adopts new international framework for disaster risk reduction after marathon negotiations

Representatives from 187 UN member States today adopted the first major agreement of the Post-2015 development agenda, a far reaching new framework for disaster risk reduction with seven targets and four priorities for action.
18 Mar 2015 Press release

Japan and Netherlands join UNISDR in resilient cities initiative

Two countries at the forefront of global disaster risk management efforts today joined with the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) in an innovative partnership to strengthen urban resilience.
17 Mar 2015 Press release
The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 was adopted at the World Conference in Sendai, Japan The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 was adopted at the World Conference in Sendai, Japan.
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