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African ministerial conference wrestles with key environmental issues ahead of RIO+20

It is almost 20 years since the historic United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, held in Rio de Janeiro in June 1992, alerted Governments and citizens to critical human development issues and made specific demands of countries. Among the issues fuelling the discourse then, was the global sounding off on the depletion of world’s irreplaceable environmental resources.
14 Sep 2011 News briefs

African Heads of State call for reform of emergency response and 'long-term solutions' to Horn of Africa crisis

At a time when over one billion dollars has been mobilized to provide humanitarian aid to 13 million people in the drought-stricken Horn of Africa, leaders have issued a strong call to “reform the system of emergency humanitarian response in the region, aiming to enhance resilience and promote long-term solutions.”
13 Sep 2011 News briefs

Margareta Wahlström holds press conference at Japan National Press Club, discusses March earthquake

国連国際防災戦略事務局(UNISDR)のトップである、マルガレータ・ワルストロム国連事務総長特別代表(防災担当)が9月8~11日にかけて、日本を公式訪問しました。9月9日、日本記者クラブで記者会見が行われました。 Margareta Wahlström, Margareta Wahlström, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG) for Disaster Risk Reduction and Chief of UNISDR, visited Japan from 8 – 11 September. A press conference was held at Japan National Press Club on 9 September.
11 Sep 2011 News briefs

"Climate change and migration: the latest evidence" - Eurasylum monthly policy interview with Margareta Wahlstrom

Each month Eurasylum conducts a short interview of a leading player in international migration and asylum affairs, within a range of policy, academic and practitioners’ areas of expertise. This month they interviewed Margareta Wahlstrom on climate change and migration.
8 Sep 2011 Statements & speeches

Hurricane Irene, a sign of things to come for growing urban centres and local governments – Political leadership needed to reduce risks

In the aftermath of Hurricane Irene that hit the east coast of the United States just over a week ago, it is a reminder that disasters caused by extreme weather events are becoming common place even for countries and cities that are considered to be at the pinnacle of development.
6 Sep 2011 News briefs

Uganda Environment Minister launches special session on DRR during 29th Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum

The Minister of State for Environment, Hon. Flavia Munaaba, launched a special joint session on disaster risk reduction during the Twenty-Ninth Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum (GHACOF29). The aim of the special session is to move towards a “paradigm” shift when addressing climate change and risks for sustainable development in the Region.
2 Sep 2011 Press release

Japan prepares for next ‘big’ one – over one million participate in massive drills

Today marked National Disaster Reduction day in Japan, an annual event which commemorates the Great Kanto Earthquake which devastated Tokyo and surrounding areas in 1923. This year’s event, however, is particularly poignant, being the first since the 11 March Great East Japan Earthquake.
1 Sep 2011 News briefs

Bridging the gap between climate scientists and disaster risk reduction experts, during Fifteenth Southern Africa Region Climate Outlook Forum

The Southern Africa Development Community Disaster Risk Reduction Unit, GFDRR and UNISDR are conducting a disaster risk reduction stakeholders training workshop from 27-28 August 2011.
27 Aug 2011 News briefs

Award-winning mayor organizes first-ever Asian city-to-city study tour and learning event with Sri Lankan mayors

Vice-Mayor Al Arquillano from San Francisco, a small town in the Cebu municipality, has been showing off. He has been demonstrating the ingenious ‘Purok system’ which won worldwide attention and the 2011 United Nations Sasakawa Award for Disaster Risk Reduction. Four mayors from the Sri Lankan cities of Balangoda, Mannar, Tangalle and Puttalam recently participated in a three-day practical study visit to learn from the town’s experience.
26 Aug 2011 Press release

Water, too little or too much – a resource that can improve or destroy life: smarter water management needed to reduce disaster risks

On the opening day of the World Water Week taking place in Stockholm, Sweden this week, speakers called for increased investments in disaster-resilient infrastructure and smarter water management to avoid drought, floods and other water-related disasters, particularly in urban areas.
24 Aug 2011 News briefs

Reducing risk is the best humanitarian action, as world celebrates World Humanitarian Day

As the world celebrates World Humanitarian Day, UNISDR, the strategic arm of the United Nations working on disaster risk reduction, recognizes the valuable contribution of humanitarian workers who risk their lives everyday to help others, whilst emphasizing their crucial role in reducing disaster risk.
19 Aug 2011 News briefs

World cities come up with a five-point action plan to work together for sustainable development and disaster risk reduction

More than 200 participants, including 38 parliamentarians, mayors and vice mayors, from 33 countries adopted the Chengdu Declaration of Action, a five-point strategy to tackle some of the most pressing issues facing cities today.
15 Aug 2011 News briefs

The Wave That Eats People – The Value of Indigenous Knowledge for Disaster Risk Reduction

As the United Nations today commemorates the 17th International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples under the theme of "Indigenous designs: celebrating stories and cultures, crafting our own future", it is perhaps timely to flag the positive contributions such cultures are able to make to DDR and CCA.
9 Aug 2011 News briefs

Pacific Platform for Disaster Risk Management launches UN report warning of rising economic losses due to disasters and climate change

The Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction (GAR11) titled Revealing Risk, Redefining Development will be launched today in Auckland (New Zealand) at the Third Session of the Pacific Platform for Disaster Risk Management which is the main gathering of disaster risk management experts and decision makers in the Pacific region.
3 Aug 2011 News briefs

Gabon’s National Platform holds inaugural workshop, solutions for future disasters must go beyond humanitarian response

A three-day workshop took place in Libreville from 25-27 July to officially launch the activities of Gabon’s National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction. There was a clear vision from the participants of the workshop that humanitarian response could not solve the problem of disasters.
2 Aug 2011 News briefs

UNISDR’s parliamentarian initiative helping to move disaster risk reduction forward from political commitment to concrete action

Realizing the human and economic imperative to shift from a disaster response culture to one of prevention and risk reduction, parliamentarians from Africa, Asia, and Latin America are stepping up to the challenge.
29 Jul 2011 News briefs

Lebanese media trained to cover disasters through a risk reduction lens, as government prepares for forest fires

More than twenty journalists from Lebanese radio, television and print media, as well as communication officers from the Lebanese government, attended a two-day media training in Beirut on how to cover disasters from a prevention angle.
22 Jul 2011 News briefs

Philippines Government, UNISDR to Launch 2011 Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction in Manila, 26 July 2011

The Government of the Philippines and the United Nations secretariat for the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) will launch the latest United Nation’s Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction (GAR11) this Tuesday, 26 July, from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m., at the Sen. Padilla Room, the Senate of the Philippines, Manila.
22 Jul 2011 News briefs

Viet Nam Ministry plans to implement a community-based disaster risk management programme in 6,000 communes by 2020

The Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Dao Xuan Hoc said the Ministry is working with relevant national and local departments to enact a law on disaster risk prevention and reduction, clearly defining the roles of the Government and to assure that citizens had access to information on disaster risks.
21 Jul 2011 News briefs

Philippines Parliamentarians Call for Mainstreaming DRR, Climate Change Adaptation in National Budget Legislation

Sixteen Parliamentarians from the Philippine House of Representatives yesterday adopted "the Incheon Resolution of the Philippine Parliamentarians on Effective Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation" which calls for their mainstreaming in the national budget legislation.
18 Jul 2011 News briefs

Halfway through 2011, estimated economic losses already USD265 billion – DRR needed more than ever, says UN

So far this year, the economic losses from very severe natural hazards totals some USD265 billion. According to reinsurance giant Munich RE, 2011 is the highest-ever loss year on record, despite the fact the first half of the year has only just been completed.
14 Jul 2011 News briefs

East African countries join 'Making cities resilient' campaign - AU calls for integration of disaster risk reduction into national planning

The rallying call of the UNISDR led ‘Making cities resilient campaign’ to city authorities to build resilient, sustainable urban communities to reduce disaster risks, has just added the East African cities of Bujumbura in Burundi, as well Arusha and Moshi in the Republic of Tanzania to its ever expanding list...
14 Jul 2011 Press release

East Africa Region to Tackle Disaster Risk Reduction, Common Strategy, Solutions to Address Urban Sustainability Sought

The Africa Union Commission will hold a regional workshop for the East Africa region to accelerate action in the implementation of the Africa Regional Strategy on disaster risk reduction and its Programme of Action to reduce the vulnerabilities of EAC Member States to natural hazards.
12 Jul 2011 Press release

Message from the Special Representative of the Secretary-General For Disaster Risk Reduction On World Population Day

The United Nations secretariat of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) joins the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in observing World Population Day 2011 – The World at 7 Billion. We welcome the campaign 7 Billion Actions which will spur commitment and spark actions vis-à-vis the opportunities and challenges presented by a world of seven billion people.
11 Jul 2011 Statements & speeches

ECOSOC 2011 Statement by Margareta Wahlström, Special Representative of the Secretary General for Disaster Risk Reduction

Disasters have a proven negative impact on education and the efforts of governments to achieve MDG 2.
7 Jul 2011 Statements & speeches

Future Development Must Be Centred Around Risk: article by United Nations Disaster Risk Reduction Chief

Around 20% of the Earth is at risk from at least one natural hazard and more than half the world’s six billion plus population is exposed. In a matter of minutes, at least one hazard can change the world they know. Only through incorporating risk into development planning can we start to reduce this exposure.
6 Jul 2011 Statements & speeches

Local governments come together to build safer communities in Sri Lanka, commit to World Disaster Reduction campaign

Colombo, Sri Lanka, 5 July 2011 – Local governments released a joint action plan today to tackle hazard risk in Sri Lanka. The plan identifies key priority activities that follow the 'Ten Essentials' of the World Disaster Reduction Campaign 'Making Cities Resilient: My City is Getting Ready!' in nine provinces in the country.
5 Jul 2011 Press release

Forests are a vital natural resource and ally for reducing disaster risks, says UN special representative over concerns of wildfire risk

As Europe and North America move into the summer season, the risk of wildfires will increase. While these natural hazards may not get the attention of earthquakes, tsunamis and cyclones, their destructive potential is considerable and reducing the risks they present should be a priority.
4 Jul 2011 News briefs

Global business consulting firm commits to reducing disaster risk as 'Disaster Risk Reduction Private Sector Partnership' initiative launches

President Mauricio Mobarak of global consulting firm UC&CS has signed a statement of commitment announced by UNISDR's Private Sector Advisory Group during the Third Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in May.
30 Jun 2011 News briefs

Africa urged to speak ‘as one’ to tackle disasters and climate change, as Assembly of the African Union comes to a close in Malabo

As the 17th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union wrapped up in Malabo, Guinea, talks of a common voice on sustainable development have continued to dominate agendas in Africa ahead of the United Nations climate talks to be held in Durban in December. The need to address the issue of disasters and climate change continues to at the fore of various platforms of implementing the extended Africa Regional Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction.
30 Jun 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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