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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

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

UNISDR Chief: “recapture spirit of 2005”

The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction today urged the world to recapture the spirit of 2005 when, following the shock of the Indian Ocean tsunami, all UN Member States adopted a comprehensive framework for disaster risk reduction, the Hyogo Framework for Action.
24 Jun 2014 News briefs

DRR must go local says Asia

Ministers and top government officials from 22 countries in Asia Pacific today identified strengthening local governance and community capacity as the key elements for a successful post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction.
24 Jun 2014 News briefs

Asia meets on Post-2015 DRR framework

A strong turn-out of government ministers and top disaster management officials will ensure high-level political engagement in key discussions at this week’s 6th Asian Ministerial Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction in Thailand which formally opens tomorrow.
23 Jun 2014 News briefs

UN seeks nominations for risk reduction prize

The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) today announced it is seeking nominations for the 2015 Sasakawa Award for Disaster Risk Reduction, now in its 24th season, for individuals or groups of people providing extraordinary leadership in creating a safe, healthy, wealthy and resilient future for the planet.
23 Jun 2014 News briefs

Safer climate disasters

Too often, participants in the climate-change debate make an erroneous distinction between protecting ourselves from the longer-term impact of global warming and better preparing ourselves against today’s extreme weather events. Recent reports from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) have sought to break down this artificial divide. While seeking to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions, we must work toward more effective disaster-risk management. Read more at http://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/kristalina-georgieva-and-margareta-wahlstr-m-issue-a-call-for-greater-efforts-to-reduce-the-risks-associated-with-extreme-weather-events#hI8kyUIVDU0bCluj.99
19 Jun 2014 Statements & speeches

The Tacloban Declaration

As Typhoon Haiyan recovery efforts continue and the country prepares for a new typhoon season, President Benigno Aquino of the Philippines has stressed the importance of mounting “a focused international effort to address the threats posed by climate change, and to build communities that are resilient in the face of disaster.”
18 Jun 2014 News briefs

Top developer makes case for DRR

The head of one of the world’s leading property developers today called on business enterprises to take advantage of new market opportunities in products and services that address disaster risk reduction.
16 Jun 2014 News briefs

Montenegro joins UNISDR Cities Campaign

This week, the city of Cetinje (population: 16,800) became the first city in the Balkan state of Montenegro to join UNISDR’s Making Cities Resilient Campaign.“Reducing disaster risk and adapting to climate change is crucial for the sustainable future of our city and community” said Cetinje Mayor Alexander Bogdanovic, at a signing ceremony. UNISDR representative, Demetrio Innocenti, stated: "Cetinje’s beauty and cultural heritage are priceless and constitute a major economic opportunity given the potential of its tourism industry. It is economically, socially and culturally vital to ensure a disaster and climate resilient future for Cetinje.

13 Jun 2014 News briefs

Brazil scores at DRR too!

Football fans from all over the world were joined in São Paulo this week by officials representing the hopes and aspirations of 37 million people who live in 59 municipalities which are now members of UNISDR’s Making Cities Resilient Campaign.
12 Jun 2014 News briefs

Sandy inspires NJ university to teach DRR

Eighteen students at Saint Peter’s University in Jersey City, New Jersey, United States, have just completed the university’s first-ever course on disaster risk reduction, in part as a result of Hurricane Sandy which killed at least 117 people and caused $65 billion worth of damage in the US alone.
10 Jun 2014 News briefs

The global state of play of DRR

Speech by SRSG Margareta Wahlström at the Asia Europe Meeting (ASEM) Manila Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction and Management,5 June 2014, Manila, Philippines
6 Jun 2014 Statements & speeches

Pacific calls for “whole-of-society” engagement

The 6th Pacific Platform for Disaster Risk Management closed yesterday with a call for strengthened action to prevent risk accumulation and to build resilience.
5 Jun 2014 News briefs

EC backing for disaster resilience in SDGs

The European Commission has adopted a Communication on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), making strong reference to building resilience to disasters and pointing out the need to respond to new challenges that were not sufficiently covered by the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), such as disaster resilience and risk management.The document titled “A Decent Life for All: From Vision to Collective Action” features disaster risk reduction (DRR) as a cross-cutting issue for sustainable development within the suggested targets and priority areas because they can have a “major impact on the economy as well as on well-being and on the security of citizens, and need to be addressed in the framework in a way that does not replicate or interfere with respective international processes and agreements.

5 Jun 2014 News briefs

GETI strengthens links with Mongolia’s NEMA

UNISDR’s Global Education and Training Institute for Disaster Risk Reduction (GETI) has strengthened its partnership with Mongolia’s National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to mark the department’s 10th anniversary this month.
5 Jun 2014 News briefs

Recognising resilience in the Pacific

A trio of creative organisations supporting the development of community resilience have been recognised for their great work in the Pacific region.
4 Jun 2014 News briefs

HFA ‘helped build Pacific resilience’

The Pacific ‘would not be where it is today’ in terms of building resilience without the influence of the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015 (HFA), according to a review presented at the 6th Pacific Platform for Disaster Management which concluded today in Fiji.
4 Jun 2014 News briefs

Drop, Cover, Hold … Live

Not one child died at a school or kindergarten during the Christchurch earthquake of February 2011. It was one of the few bright spots from the major disaster that hit New Zealand’s principal city of its South Island.
3 Jun 2014 News briefs

Pacific Platform opens with call for action

The Pacific region today challenged itself to grasp what was described as a ‘pivotal moment’ to shape disaster risk and climate change efforts for at least the next 20 years.
2 Jun 2014 News briefs

Americas calls for ‘indicators of resilience’

The Americas region gave further impetus to the global efforts to agree a new international framework on disaster risk reduction (DRR) by adopting on Thursday a series of recommendations to be included in the agreement due to be adopted at a world conference next year in Sendai, Japan.
30 May 2014 News briefs

New pact must integrate DRR and national development

The biggest challenge facing next year’s UN World Conference to agree a new global DRR framework, is how to integrate disaster risk reduction (DRR) into national development plans, Margareta Wahlström, Head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), said on Wednesday.
29 May 2014 News briefs

Strengthen role of local authorities in DRR

A new global framework for disaster risk reduction (DRR) must seek to strengthen the role of local government because the impact of all disasters is local, the 4th Session of the Americas Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction heard on Wednesday.
29 May 2014 News briefs

Risk and poverty reduction in the Americas

Ecuador is using policies of poverty reduction to limit the vulnerability of populations to natural hazards and disasters, the 4th Session of the Americas Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction heard yesterday in a wide-ranging discussion on the links between poverty and disasters.
29 May 2014 News briefs

Americas children heard on DRR

Nearly 60 children and young people from across Latin America and the Caribbean made a strong and colourful claim on Tuesday for their voices to be heard in campaigns to reduce risks of natural disasters and other pressing environmental and social issues.
28 May 2014 News briefs

Recurrent floods hit desert cities

Recurrent flooding is becoming more of a threat in the Arab region, a part of the world usually associated with drought and desertification.
27 May 2014 News briefs

Cities campaign takes to the high seas

The Making Cities Resilient Campaign is set to take to the high seas after the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) today announced a new partnership with Peace Boat.
27 May 2014 News briefs

Americas DRR Platform opens with Ecuador’s HFA success

Ecuador has invested heavily in disaster risk reduction (DRR), both politically and financially, and with some good results, but there is much still do, the opening session of the 4th Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas heard on Tuesday.
27 May 2014 News briefs
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