News Archive

Stay up-to-date with our work and activities with

1792 Items
TitleDateType

Risks to Small Island Developing States spotlighted

Dozens of the world’s most climate-vulnerable island nations today spotlighted efforts to curb threats posed by hazards and to make development sustainable, ahead of the 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction.

21 May 2017 News briefs

African countries boost risk knowledge

The island nation of Cabo Verde and landlocked Swaziland have joined 26 other countries in Africa that are implementing the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, a 15-year global agreement which seeks to save lives, reduce disaster losses and improve management of disaster risk by enhancing risk knowledge.

20 May 2017 News briefs

China reaffirms disaster risk cooperation commitment

China’s Minister of Civil Affairs has reaffirmed his country’s commitment to increasing international cooperation to address the common challenge of disasters.

16 May 2017 News briefs

UN Praises China's 1.3% GDP Limit on Disaster Losses

The United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, Mr. Robert Glasser, today marked China’s National Disaster Risk Reduction Day by expressing his condolences on the loss of at least eight lives in yesterday’s earthquake in Xinjiang Province and praising the country’s commitment to keeping economic losses at 1.3% of GDP or below.
12 May 2017 Press release

Take up the ‘noble pursuit’ of disaster risk reduction

Young researchers in China have been urged to take up the ‘noble pursuit’ of applying science and technology to save lives and protect livelihoods from disasters.

12 May 2017 News briefs

Urban disasters highlight need for resilience in Africa

Rising disasters in Africa’s cities and their links with poverty and rapid, unplanned urbanisation are ever more apparent from tragedies such as the recent rubbish dump landslide in Addis Ababa, which killed at least 113 people.

10 May 2017 News briefs

Early warning systems go global

Early warning systems and making the link between predictable weather and climate events and their impacts are critical to save lives and property when disaster looms.

8 May 2017 News briefs

Arab region sets stance for Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

Countries from across the Arab region have set out their collective stance ahead of the looming 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, following similar moves by other parts of the world.

4 May 2017 News briefs

Australia integrates climate and disaster risk

Australia estimates that its annual economic losses from disasters will triple to US$17.7 billion by 2050 as it embarks on a new initiative to integrate climate change action and disaster resilience.
27 Apr 2017 News briefs

Sweden serious about Sendai

Sweden is one of the world’s least disaster-exposed countries and over the last twenty years has had one of the lowest casualty rates anywhere in the world for events linked to natural hazards e.g. there were no reported disaster events in 2015 according to the 2016 World Disasters Report.
26 Apr 2017 News briefs

EU to play major role at Global Platform in Mexico

The EU Delegation, led by DG ECHO Commissioner Christos Stylianides, is set to play a major role at the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction next month in Cancun, Mexico.
25 Apr 2017 News briefs

How to Reduce Risk from Extreme Weather Events

A nightmare scenario for any community is to be taken by surprise in the middle of the night by a sudden disaster such as the mudslide that swept away hundreds of lives earlier this month in the Amazonian town of Mocoa in Putamayo, Colombia.
20 Apr 2017 News briefs

Mexico: Lessons from 1985 earthquake

Five years after the devastating 1985 quake which killed more than 10,000 people, Mexico equipped itself with one of the world’s most effective early warning systems for earthquakes.
18 Apr 2017 News briefs

Japan’s new UNISDR parliamentary support group

Tokyo, 13 April, 2017 - This week saw further strengthening of Japan’s support for disaster risk reduction with the launch of a new non-partisan parliamentarian support group.
13 Apr 2017 News briefs

Mongolian PM makes Sendai pledge

The Prime Minister of Mongolia, Mr. Jargaltulgyn Erdenebat, says his country is ready to share its vast experience of managing extreme hazards to support greater implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction across Asia.

12 Apr 2017 News briefs

Stepping up resilience in the Maldives

The Indian Ocean nation of the Maldives is working hard to implement the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, seeing it as critical to its wider efforts to make development sustainable and deal with the challenge of climate change.

10 Apr 2017 News briefs

Mongolia to lead on disaster strategy target

Mongolia has pledged to lead by example and inspire countries across Asia to meet the most pressing target of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, a global blueprint for tackling natural and human-induced hazards.

7 Apr 2017 News briefs

Turkey tackles earthquake risk

The lamp in the classroom begins to sway. The desks start to shake. If you’ve never faced an earthquake, Turkey’s AFAD national disaster management authority can give you a taste.

6 Apr 2017 News briefs

Disaster resilience: top issue for tourist trade

In a nation where tourism represents close to one-tenth of the economy, the issue of Mexico’s hotel trade’s resilience to natural hazards is top of the list...
5 Apr 2017 News briefs

500 Colombian towns face landslide risk

As the reported death toll from Saturday’s mudslide disaster rose to 273, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, Mr. Robert Glasser, extended his condolences to the people of Colombia and the affected communities of Mocoa on the loss of life caused by the heavy rains and mudslides exacerbated by deforestation...
4 Apr 2017 News briefs

Local, strategic and economic: a recipe for risk reduction

Local governments, strategic thinking and the economic bottom line are driving forces of efforts to curb the impacts of natural and human-induced hazards.

31 Mar 2017 News briefs

Don’t forget refugees and migrants when tackling risk

Refugees and migrants must be included in efforts to reduce the risk of disasters, experts said this week at a European conference.

30 Mar 2017 News briefs

Opening speech by Robert Glasser to the European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction, Istanbul, 27 March 2017

It is a pleasure to be here at this meeting of the European Forum on Disaster Risk Reduction which has extended its reach beyond representatives of government to include many other representatives from civil society including parliamentarians, the private sector and NGOs.

28 Mar 2017 News briefs

Europe sets stance for Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

A European conference today set out the continent’s stance for the looming 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, underscoring the need to rein in the impacts of natural and human-induced hazards.

28 Mar 2017 News briefs

Turkish youth and quake bodies win European award

Turkey’s efforts to curb the threat of earthquakes and harness the power of youth to tackle hazards have been honoured with a pan-European award for innovative approaches to reducing disaster risk.

27 Mar 2017 News briefs

People are the core of disaster risk reduction

People and their communities must be at the heart of efforts to reduce the impacts of natural and human-induced hazards, senior officials told Europe’s annual disaster risk summit today.

27 Mar 2017 News briefs

Don’t sideline women from disaster risk reduction

Efforts to curb the threats posed by natural and human-induced hazards will go off track if they keep women and girls out of the picture, experts told Europe’s top disaster risk forum today.

26 Mar 2017 News briefs

European Forum targets disaster risk

Hundreds of delegates are heading to Istanbul for Europe’s top disaster risk reduction forum, two months before a global conference takes aim at natural and human-induced hazards.

24 Mar 2017 News briefs

Japanese children and companies implement Sendai Framework

Schoolchildren and businesses in Japan are working hard to implement the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, a 15-year blueprint adopted at a UN conference in their country in 2015.
23 Mar 2017 News briefs

Mexico earthquake triggered safe hospital drive

Mexico City’s devastating, 8.1-magnitude earthquake of 1985 was a stark illustration of the disaster risks faced by the health sector, but it also triggered what became a global effort to protect hospitals from hazards.

22 Mar 2017 News briefs
Regional Platforms for Disaster Risk Reduction take place from Africa to the Pacific Regional Platforms for Disaster Risk Reduction take place from Africa to the Pacific.
  • Where We Work Our regional office is in Panama City, Panama.
  • Where We Work Our regional office is in Cairo, Egypt.
  • Where We Work Our regional office is in Brussels, Belgium.
  • Where We Work Our regional office is in Bangkok, Thailand.
  • Where We Work Our regional office is in Nairobi, Kenya.

Where We Work

CONNECT WITH US

See our photos on Flickr Watch our videos on YouTube Follow our Instagram Subscribe to our RSS feed