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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

Africa highlights sustainable urbanisation

Delegates from across Africa have met to identify the continent’s priorities for sustainable urban development, addressing a critical component of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

9 Mar 2016 News briefs

UNISDR head calls for more women in disaster risk reduction

Women play an important role in advancing disaster risk reduction policies and we want to see more of them engaged in disaster management,” Mr. Robert Glasser, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, said today, as the world marks International Women’s Day.

8 Mar 2016 News briefs

Christchurch re-born after five years

Five years after it was devastated by two major earthquakes, Christchurch, New Zealand, is continuing its transformation into one of the world’s most resilient cities with much to share with other urban centers on how to reduce disaster risk in an earthquake zone. UNISDR head, Mr. Robert Glasser, had a briefing today from government minister and Christchurch MP, Ms. NickyWagner.

4 Mar 2016 News briefs

Australia’s disaster bill could skyrocket

Australia could see its annual disaster bill rise nearly fourfold by 2050, with the cost of social impacts such as stress-related illness playing a significant role, two reports commissioned by the Australian Business Roundtable for Disaster Resilience and Safer Communities warn.

3 Mar 2016 News briefs

Climate change is a potent element in the deadly brew of disaster risk

The Hyogo framework for action (HFA), adopted in January 2005 by UN member states, was an unprecedented move to promote saving lives and livelihoods from disasters over a decade. Has there been progress?

3 Mar 2016 Statements & speeches

French public learns life-saving skills

Launched by France in the wake of the November 2015 Paris attacks, a nationwide programme has helped the public learn critical medical skills that can save lives in an emergency or a disaster.

2 Mar 2016 News briefs

Remarks by Robert Glasser at the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women

The Sendai Framework places significant importance on human rights, gender equality and climate change adaptation.

1 Mar 2016 Statements & speeches

Canada spotlights gender and climate change

Policymakers working to rein in the impact of climate change and natural hazards must keep the issue of gender squarely in the spotlight, Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Stéphane Dion told a United Nations meeting today.

1 Mar 2016 News briefs

Women the future of disaster risk reduction

Women and girls need to be at the core of disaster risk reduction, given that they often bear the brunt of climate change and hazards such as storms and floods, a United Nations human rights body heard today.

29 Feb 2016 News briefs

Zimbabwe smallholders confront climate change

Zimbabwe has declared a state of disaster in the face of a regional drought, but smallholder farmers are tackling climate change head on by adopting new livelihood strategies to counter the adverse effects.

26 Feb 2016 News briefs

Asia aims for hotel resilience

A landmark public-private cross-border partnership in Asia is gathering pace in an effort to protect a multi-billion dollar industry on the frontline of hazard exposure.

24 Feb 2016 News briefs

Sendai takes root in Africa

African countries have held fresh talks to drive forward their implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, a global agreement that is part of wider efforts to make development sustainable.

23 Feb 2016 News briefs

UNISDR commends Fiji Government for its state of preparedness in face of Cyclone Winston

The head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, Mr. Robert Glasser, today extended his condolences to Fiji on the loss of life from Cyclone Winston and commended the government for its efforts to reduce mortality and the numbers of people affected by the strongest cyclone ever to hit the Pacific country.

22 Feb 2016 Press release

French honour for UNISDR champion

Just two months after the success of the Paris Agreement on climate, the French Government has bestowed on Senator Loren Legarda, UNISDR Global Champion for Resilience, its highest award, the Legion of Honour. Senator Legarda is a tireless advocate for disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation.

19 Feb 2016 News briefs

The Pandemic Threat to Human Security

Just as the worst of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa seemed to be over, the mosquito-borne Zika virus has led to the declaration by WHO of a public health emergency of international concern following a steep rise in congenital malformations and neurological complications among new-born children of infected women.

17 Feb 2016 Statements & speeches

Data curbs earthquake risk in Armenia

In a country that suffered a devastating earthquake almost three decades ago, private sector researchers are helping to implement the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction by harnessing data to lessen the impact of future shakes.

16 Feb 2016 News briefs

Disaster lessons from the hottest year on record

Climate change and the effects of a powerful El Nino are fuelling drought conditions across Africa in particular. Last year saw a doubling of major droughts recorded globally and the effects will continue into 2016.

15 Feb 2016 Statements & speeches

Radio in times of disaster

Through World Radio Day celebrations around the world tomorrow, UNESCO will promote radio in times of emergency and disaster. A key message on the day is that radio saves lives and reducing mortality is the first target of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

12 Feb 2016 News briefs

The human cost of the hottest year on record

The hottest year on record, 2015, has confirmed that weather and climate-related disasters now dominate disaster trends linked to natural hazards, according to a new analysis presented today.

11 Feb 2016 Press release
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