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Seismic safety is a matter of life and death

The hundreds of deaths in Ecuador and the dozens of victims in Japan are a stark reminder of a basic fact about earthquakes: it is buildings, and not the shake itself, that claim most lives.

19 Apr 2016 News briefs

Earthquakes pose a major threat to built environment

Hundreds of people are dead or missing as a result of a series of earthquakes in Japan and Ecuador in recent days. Reducing earthquake risk is an important objective of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction says UNISDR chief Mr. Robert Glasser.

18 Apr 2016 Press release

Disaster risk management vital for private sector

Trillions of dollars of new investment are expected to pour into in hazard-prone areas by 2030, dramatically increasing the global value of assets at risk. Factoring that into capital investments, supply chains and operations will be decisive for business resilience and the success of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

15 Apr 2016 News briefs

Private sector hammers out resilience plans

An international business group working to reduce the impact of natural and man-made hazards has pledged to ensure that the private sector plays its part in implementing the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

12 Apr 2016 News briefs

Build better boost for Sendai Framework

The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction promotes good land use and compliance with building codes and regulations. The World Bank Group has announced a new program to tackle the issues.

8 Apr 2016 News briefs

Philippine elections trigger disasters debate

Disaster risk reduction is an election issue in one of the world's most disaster-prone countries, the Philippines, which holds presidential, national and local elections on May 9.

6 Apr 2016 News briefs

Korean children switch on to Sendai Framework

The child-friendly version of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction is to be translated into Korean following a meeting of children and youth supported by the city of Incheon with the participation of UNISDR.
1 Apr 2016 News briefs

World Tsunami Awareness Day launch in New York

World Tsunami Awareness Day will be commemorated this year for the first time, and every year thereafter, on 5 November. The Japanese Permanent Mission at the UN in New York marked the launch with an event which also marked the first anniversary of the adoption of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

31 Mar 2016 News briefs

Universities etch disaster risk into business studies

Ensuring that companies understand and act on the risks posed by natural and man-made hazards is a vital step towards reducing disaster impacts. Business education offers a tool to achieve this.

29 Mar 2016 News briefs

Resilient private sector showcased in Japan

The role of the private sector in making societies resilient to disasters and ensuring development is sustainable has been spotlighted as part of events commemorating the fifth anniversary of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami.

25 Mar 2016 News briefs

Thai municipalities strive for disaster resilience

Mayors and deputy mayors from 15 municipalities in Thailand have committed to reduce disaster risks and greenhouse gas emissions in order to strengthen the resilience of their cities.

24 Mar 2016 News briefs

Forecasters key link in disaster risk reduction chain

Weather forecasters are a critical part of efforts to rein in the impact of natural hazards such as floods and droughts, which are being stoked by climate change, the head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction said today.

23 Mar 2016 News briefs

Speech by Robert Glasser at the World Meteorological Organization

We are probably still at a stage in human development when poverty and exposure to disaster risk are the main factors in deciding whether someone survives an event such as Typhoon Haiyan which claimed over 6,000 lives in the Philippines in November 2013.

23 Mar 2016 Statements & speeches

French Government backs Sendai Framework

At the first meeting of the French Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction since the adoption of the Sendai Framework, France today announced a series of measures which will help achieve the targets.

22 Mar 2016 News briefs

France unveils flood awareness measures

The French government has unveiled a package of measures intended to raise public awareness of the threat posed by floods.

22 Mar 2016 News briefs

Speech by Robert Glasser at the French National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

France is well placed to take on a leadership role in the implementation of the Sendai Framework given how much it has demonstrated its commitment to reducing disaster risk and reducing disaster losses.

22 Mar 2016 Statements & speeches

Intervention de Madame Ségolène Royal aux 3e Assises nationales des risques naturels le 22 mars à Marseille

Je suis très heureuse d’être parmi vous pour ouvrir ces troisièmes assises nationales des risques naturels à Marseille. Nous sommes dans une région particulièrement concernée par des risques naturels, inondations, feux de forêt, risque sismique, tsunami. Et je sais combien les élus, les acteurs économiques et les populations de cette région sont sensibilisés sur ces sujets.

22 Mar 2016 Statements & speeches

Sendai: London's perspective

London is home to almost nine million people. It is a global centre for finance, insurance, education and culture. As the capital of the United Kingdom it is a critical centre for national government. These crucial roles mean that it must be resilient to disaster.

21 Mar 2016 News briefs

Mexico to host 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

Representatives of UN Member States were informed today in Geneva that the 5th Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction will take place in Cancun, Mexico, in May 2017. It is held every two years and is the largest gathering of its kind. The next Global Platform will focus on implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction which was adopted on this day last year at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction.

18 Mar 2016 Press release

World salutes Sendai Framework

The international community today celebrated the first anniversary of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the world’s most comprehensive blueprint for curbing the impact of natural and man-made hazards, with 20 million people taking to social media to mark the occasion.

18 Mar 2016 News briefs

It's time to switch from managing disasters to reducing risk

I am proud to celebrate the first anniversary of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction which was adopted on March 18, 2015 at a major U.N. conference in Japan. It was the first milestone agreement of the 2030 Development Agenda and paved the way for agreement on the Sustainable Development Goals and the adoption of the Paris Agreement on climate change.

18 Mar 2016 Statements & speeches

Mexico forges ahead on Sendai implementation

Mexico is forging ahead with implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and investing heavily in resilient infrastructure. A high level delegation is visiting the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction in Geneva.

17 Mar 2016 News briefs

Embedding resilience in Australia

Australian businesses are coming together to improve community safety and outcomes following natural disasters in a country that is confronted reguarly by events such as bushfires, floods, cyclones and severe storm activity.

16 Mar 2016 News briefs

Switching to Sendai

This week last year the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction was preparing to adopt the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction on March 18, 2014. The new head of UNISDR, Mr. Robert Glasser, has just paid his first visit to Sendai.

14 Mar 2016 News briefs

East Africa passes landmark disaster risk bill

East African countries have reached a landmark in their efforts to curb the impact of natural and man-made hazards, by enacting regional legislation on the management and reduction of disaster risk.

14 Mar 2016 News briefs

Fifth anniversary of tsunami underlines risk of complex disasters

The head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, Mr. Robert Glasser, today attended the fifth anniversary memorial service for those who lost their lives in the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami of March 11, 2011.

11 Mar 2016 Press release

Bangkok Principles on health risk agreed

The Bangkok Principles were agreed today at the conclusion of the first international conference on the health aspects of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction which was attended by government officials from 54 countries.

11 Mar 2016 News briefs

WHO and UNISDR issue appeal on health at Sendai Framework conference

The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction and the World Health Organization today issued an appeal for national disaster management agencies to develop their preparedness and response capacities to include health emergencies alongside earthquakes, floods and storms as a top priority.

10 Mar 2016 Press release

Opening remarks by Robert Glasser at the International Conference on the Implementation of the Health Aspects of the Sendai Framework

The Sendai Framework aims to achieve a substantial reduction of disaster risk and losses in lives, livelihoods and health. It is fully aligned with the International Health Regulations, which aim to help the international community prevent and respond to acute public health risks that have the potential to cross borders and threaten people worldwide.

10 Mar 2016 News briefs

UN Secretary-General's message on the fifth anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

On this solemn day of remembrance, I would like once again to extend my condolences, and those of the whole United Nations system, to the people of Japan and especially to those who lost loved ones in the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami on 11 March, 2011.

10 Mar 2016 Statements & speeches
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