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Children's Charter for DRR: South Africa budgets for safe schools

South Africa’s Western Cape Provincial Government announced this week that it was increasing the budget allocation for safe schools from Rand 19 million to Rand 21 million and is taking steps to incorporate disaster risk reduction into the school curriculum.
14 Oct 2011 News briefs

Risk Reduction the World Over

Some 80 plus countries commemorated the UN International Disaster Reduction Day (IDDR 11) yesterday. “This welcome groundswell of support concretely demonstrates the growing importance and awareness of risk reduction around the world,” said UNISDR Chief Margareta Wahlström today.
14 Oct 2011 News briefs

Strong commitment to disaster risk reduction in Myanmar

Myanmar, a country prone to natural hazards, has shown positive progress in the areas of early warning, emergency preparedness and responses in recent years. Now, the Government is stepping up cooperation with global and regional partners to reach its long-term target of becoming a disaster resilient country.
14 Oct 2011 News briefs

Message for the International Day for Disaster Reduction by Margareta Wahlström

This year on International Disaster Reduction Day, UNISDR and its partners invite children and young people to “Step Up for Disaster Risk Reduction” as the group of people most affected by disasters worldwide.
13 Oct 2011 Statements & speeches

UNISDR says the young are the largest group affected by disasters

The UN office for disaster risk reduction, UNISDR, today marked International Disaster Reduction Day with a call for children and young people to be empowered and engaged in disaster risk reduction as the group most affected by disasters each year.
13 Oct 2011 Press release

UN Secretary-General's Message on the International Day for Disaster Reduction 2011 (Japanese Version)

国際防災の日(10月13日)国連事務総長メッセージの日本語版です。
13 Oct 2011 News briefs

Children’s Charter for DRR: Risk Reduction on Film

In Vietnam, adults cried as they watched the short film children in their community made about the flash flood that devastated their homes.
13 Oct 2011 News briefs

Children and Young People in the Pacific "Step up for Disaster Risk Reduction!"

The UNISDR Sub-Regional Office in Suva together with its partners, held a Pacific regional celebration of the International Day for Disaster Reduction to highlight the role of children and youth as active partners in disaster risk reduction.
13 Oct 2011 News briefs

UNISDR head visits Myanmar to discuss action plan for disaster reduction

The Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Disaster Risk Reduction, Margareta Wahlström, arrived in Myanmar today at the invitation of the government, on a three-day visit during which she will engage with senior Government Ministers on a national action plan for disaster risk reduction and a Disaster Management Law.
12 Oct 2011 Press release

Children’s Charter for DRR – Prioritize Child Protection

“Build bridges because every year children miss school in the rainy season when they have to cross gullies, rivers and water channels huge enough to drown them,” a child from Lesotho told the recently launched Children’s Charter on Disaster Risk Reduction.
12 Oct 2011 News briefs

Bangkok Prepares for the Worst

Bangkok which has so far been spared the heavy flooding affecting one third of Thailand is currently preparing for the worst case scenario.
12 Oct 2011 News briefs

Young people volunteer to get Japan back on its feet

Every morning from 17-24 September, Kobe University student Erick Gonzales picks up his badge, his assignment and tools for the day, and is transported inside the coastal city of Ofunato to help the city clean up and recover from the damage caused by the 11 March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake.
11 Oct 2011 News briefs

Vulnerability to Natural Hazards Rising Rapidly in Europe

Vulnerability to natural hazards is rapidly on the increase in Europe, UNISDR Chief, Margareta Wahlström, told the Second Annual European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction (EFDRR) yesterday in Skopje, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
11 Oct 2011 News briefs

Children's Charter for DRR: Protecting your village

When the annual monsoon rains come, 14-year-old Atik worries. As the deputy chief of the children’s council in her home village of Dowan, in Indonesia’s Central Java province she knows,” When it rains heavily for hours, it seems that soil in some parts of this village will shift and cause a landslide.”
11 Oct 2011 News briefs

Major Pakistan Cities Join UNISDR ‘Resilient Cities’ Campaign

More than 30 cities across seven provinces in Pakistan signed up to the UNISDR World Disaster Reduction Campaign Making Cities Resilient on Saturday though many of them are still under water or recovering from heavy floods.
10 Oct 2011 News briefs

Action as Water Runs Out in Tuvalu

Amidst growing concerns about drought crises in some of the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) of the Pacific, the Government of Tuvalu today began a three-week nationwide needs assessment of water, agriculture and health facilities.
10 Oct 2011 News briefs

Children's Charter: How empowering children saves lives

Last March, when the Great East Japan Earthquake struck Kamaishi Higashi Junior High School, in Iwate Prefecture, on the Pacific coast, a 3rd year student promptly opened a window to secure the evacuation route for his classmates and then hid under his desk.
10 Oct 2011 News briefs

Pakistan President tells UNISDR he will champion disaster risk reduction

UN Disaster Risk Reduction Chief, Margareta Wahlström, met today for the first time with Pakistan’s President, Asif Ali Zadari, to discuss how Pakistan responds to “the new normal” in dealing with floods which have inundated the country for two successive years.
7 Oct 2011 Press release

UNISDR champion calls for 'holistic' approach to flood risk as typhoons batter Philippines

UNISDR champion, Senator Loren Legarda of the Philippines, has called for an integrated flood warning and response system as 3.2 million people struggle with the impact of back-to-back typhoons which have triggered widespread floods across the country.
6 Oct 2011 News briefs

UNISDR head calls for 'quantum leap' in approach to recurring floods in Pakistan

The Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Disaster Risk Reduction, Margareta Wahlström, arrives on a three-day visit to Pakistan tomorrow (October 6) during which she will meet with President Asif Ali Zadari, Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani, the National Disaster Management Authority, Meteorological Department officials and aid donors, to discuss future risk reduction measures as the country tries to cope with floods which have displaced an estimated 5.4 million people.
5 Oct 2011 Press release

26 Years after Major Earthquake - Mexico City Targets at Risk Buildings

Between observance of the 26th anniversary of the September 1985 earthquake in Mexico City and Mexico’s hosting of the global celebration yesterday of the 2011 World Habitat Day under the theme Cities and Climate Change, the municipal government of the capital city has passed a new law on structural safety that will further protect people living with earthquake risk.
4 Oct 2011 News briefs

World Habitat Day 2011: Over 800 cities join resilience campaign to fight climate change

The UN Disaster Risk Reduction Office, UNISDR, today announced that 841 cities and municipalities around the world, representing hundreds of millions of urban dwellers, are now active participants in the World Disaster Reduction Campaign “Making Cities Resilient” which was launched over a year ago.
3 Oct 2011 Press release

Heavy Floods Widespread Across Asia

UNISDR Chief Margareta Wahlström today expressed concern at the great number of people who have lost their lives or have been affected by severe floods currently ravaging many countries across Asia.
30 Sep 2011 News briefs

UN Secretary-General Calls for Development Framework to Incorporate Disaster, Climate Risk Management

As the international community gears up for the Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development to be held in June next year, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is calling for any future framework for sustainable development to include a “clear prescription for incorporation of disaster and climate risk management.”
29 Sep 2011 News briefs

World Getting Ready to 'Step Up for Disaster Risk Reduction'

Under the slogan ‘Step Up for Disaster Risk Reduction’, UNISDR and the coalition Children in a Changing Climate - PLAN International, Save the Children, UNICEF and World Vision - will focus on children and young people on the International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR) on 13 October.
28 Sep 2011 News briefs

UNISDR backs charter to end extreme hunger

The head of the United Nation’s disaster risk reduction office, UNISDR, Margareta Wahlström, today strongly backed the NGO initiative “Never Again: A Charter to End Extreme Hunger.”
27 Sep 2011 Press release

China and Africa Step Up Cooperation on Drought Risk Reduction

Over 40 officials from China, Africa and the United Nations are taking part in a three-day “Sino-African High-Level Seminar on Drought Risk Reduction” which is calling for drought risk reduction to be on the agenda of the next year’s Sino-African Summit for Development Cooperation.
26 Sep 2011 News briefs

West Africa Mayors look to Durban for climate change breakthrough

In a further sign that Africa is mobilizing for its voice to be heard at the COP17 negotiations in Durban, the Mayors of major cities and chairmen of local governments across West Africa met this week in Lagos, Nigeria, to endorse and sign the African Mayors Climate Change Declaration.
23 Sep 2011 News briefs

Disaster risk reduction increasingly central to UN-EU partnership

The UN-EU Partnerships Report for 2010 highlights the increasingly important role of disaster risk reduction in the joint activities of the United Nations and the European Union. The report was released following the opening of the 66th session of the General Assembly of the United Nations on 13 September.
22 Sep 2011 News briefs

UNISDR Chief visits devastated centre of Japan Quake

Six months after the Great East Japan Earthquake, Margareta Wahlström, the United Nations Disaster Risk Reduction Chief, has met with Mayor Jin Sato of Minami-Sanriku town which lost 558 people in the tragedy. The total population of the town was 17,300 before the disaster and 343 are still unaccounted for.
22 Sep 2011 News briefs
The United Nations General Assembly requested UNISDR to facilitate the development of a post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction The United Nations General Assembly requested UNISDR to facilitate the development of a post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction.
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