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Where are the safest places on earth from sudden onset hazard?

15 Jun 2009 News briefs

Global Platform: Special events to highlight projects and achievements

9 Jun 2009 News briefs

World Environment Day - Ecosystems decline together with climate change will make disasters worse

5 Jun 2009 News briefs

Global Platform 'shaping up well' - Assistant Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, Margareta Wahlström

2 Jun 2009 News briefs

The second session of the Global Platform to be carbon neutral

29 May 2009 News briefs

World’s DRR community gathers in Geneva for ‘pivotal’ conference

26 May 2009 News briefs

Regional launch program for Global Assessment Report in full swing

26 May 2009 News briefs

IPCC to undertake a special report on risk reduction and management

26 May 2009 News briefs

Event : 2009 Global assesment report on disaster risk reduction launch : Bangkok, Thailand : 25th May

The Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction launched for the first time internationally in Bahrain on 17-18 May by the UN Secretary General Ban Ki -moon will be launched regionally in Bangkok on 25 May 2009, at the United Nations Conference Centre, in presence of senior officials from the Regional Organisations, Government of Thailand, senior representatives from the UN Agencies, International Financial Institutions, and the Civil Society, followed by a discussion on the implications of the Reports? findings for the Asia and the Pacific.


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25 May 2009 News briefs

Global Assessment Report launches in full swing

20 May 2009 News briefs

Implementing the Hyogo Framework for Action in Europe: advances and challenges

19 May 2009 News briefs

ASEAN, UN and World Bank to collaborate in reducing disaster risk

The United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN-ISDR), with the World Bank and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) announced a joint cooperation, during the Bali Disaster Risk Reduction Forum.


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19 May 2009 News briefs

The structure, role and mandate of civil protection in disaster risk reduction for South Eastern Europe

15 May 2009 News briefs

2nd Africa Regional Platform: Participants Accept Recommendations to the 2009 Global Platform

11 May 2009 News briefs

Video : 2009 Global assesment report (GAR)

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1 May 2009 News briefs

Second Africa Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction Consultative Meeting, 5-7 May 2009, Nairobi, Kenya

The African Union Commission (AUC) and the secretariat of the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) have the pleasure to announce the Second Africa Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction Consultative Meeting scheduled from 5 to 7 May 2009 at the United Nations Complex in Nairobi, Kenya.
30 Apr 2009 News briefs

World Health Day 2009 focuses on safe health facilities

WHO's theme for World Health Day 2009 is "Save lives. Make hospitals safe in emergencies", reinforcing the message of the World Disaster Reduction Campaign 'Hospitals safe from disasters', being led by UNISDR, WHO and the World Bank from 2008-2009.
6 Apr 2009 News briefs

Why do people die in earthquakes? Buildings are the main killers

The 6.3-magnitude quake that struck Italy early this morning is confirmation, once again that Europe is not immune from powerful earthquakes. The intensity of the Italian earthquake was 6.3 on the Richter scale comparable to the May 2006 earthquake in Indonesia island of Java, which killed more than 5000 people in the city of Yogyakarta.
6 Apr 2009 Press release

ISDR Highlights March 09

Highlights this month include the launch of the Disaster Risk Reduction Regional Platform for the Americas, the World Water Forum's six urgent recommendations for reducing disaster risk, and this year's World Health Day focus on keeping health facilities safe during emergencies.
31 Mar 2009 Newsletter

UNFCCC summary of disaster risk workshop now available

Recommendations on climate-related hazards, and sectoral and national level planning, are available in a summary of a recent UNFCCC technical workshop on disaster risk. The workshop looked at integrating climate risk assessment and management and disaster risk reduction into national policies and programmes.
16 Mar 2009 News briefs

Meeting of the ISDR Asia Partnership (IAP), 23-24 Mar 2009 in Bangkok, Thailand

The first meeting of the IAP in 2009 will focus on preparations for the Second Session of the Global Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction, which will be held in Geneva Switzerland in June 2009.
16 Mar 2009 News briefs

Disaster statistics in Europe: Floods, droughts and storms are a major threat

"Europe suffers significantly from disasters in both human and economic terms. Among them, European Union countries have chalked up major losses due to climate related disasters in the last decades and have already faced major storms and severe winter conditions since January this year" said today the Belgian WHO collaborating Center for Research on Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED) in a joint press conference with the Secretariat of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR).
9 Mar 2009 Press release

ISDR Highlights February 09

Highlights this month include new commitments from African parliamentarians to move the climate change and disaster risk reduction (DRR) agenda forward, and fresh moves from the European Commission towards a strategic DRR approach.
27 Feb 2009 Newsletter

ISDR Highlights January 09

Highlights this month include the release of the 2008 disaster figures showing a hike in economic losses, and new work in the Philippines on climate change and disaster risk reduction, instigated by special regional DRR advocate Senator Loren Legarda.
30 Jan 2009 Newsletter

Disaster deaths and economic losses jump in 2008

2008 saw a marked increase in the number of deaths and economic losses compared to the 2000-2007 yearly average, according to the Center for Research on Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED) which released the new figures today in Geneva at a joint press conference with UNISDR.
22 Jan 2009 Press release

ISDR Highlights December 08

Highlights this month include the results of the Poznań Climate Change talks, the appointment of a new Asia Pacific regional Champion for Disaster Risk Reduction, and a call by Asian Ministers for 10% of humanitarian funding to go to disaster risk reduction.
18 Dec 2008 Newsletter

New Philippines Senate climate change committee tasked with DRR

At the instigation of Senator Loren Legarda, UNISDR's regional disaster risk reduction champion for the Asia Pacific, the Philippines Senate have set up a Committee on Climate Change which will be tasked with climate and disaster risk management.
17 Dec 2008 News briefs

Preparatory Meeting for the Second Regional Platform Consultation and Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Africa Hilton Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya 1-5 December 2008

A five-day meeting was held from 1st to 5th of December in Nairobi, Kenya, - under the auspices of the African Union Commission (AUC) and with the support of the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) - bringing together the Regional Economic Communities (RECs), National Focal Points on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), non-governmental organizations (NGOs), regional technical institutions, UN agencies and the World Bank.
15 Dec 2008 News briefs

Governments agree to commit more resources to disaster risk reduction at national and local levels

4 Dec 2008 Press release

Senator Loren Legarda appointed First “champion” for disaster risk reduction

2 Dec 2008 Press release
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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