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UN Secretary-General calls on Member States to use disaster risk reduction for climate change adaptation

To help Member States find solutions to cope with climatic disasters, BAN Ki-moon, the United Nations Secretary-General, convened a ministerial meeting in New York on Monday 29th of September...
29 Sep 2008 News briefs

Adapt now to rising floodwaters says UN disaster prevention body

26 Sep 2008 Press release

Traditional knowledge can save lives when disaster strikes

19 Sep 2008 Press release

Disasters trap the poor in a vicous circle of poverty

16 Sep 2008 Press release

IPCC workshop on extreme events management accepted

The 29th session of the IPCC meeting (Geneva, 1-4 September 2008) agreed to hold a scoping workshop on the IPCC Special Report on Managing Extreme Events to Advance Adaptation proposed by Norway and the ISDR system with support from Luxembourg...
4 Sep 2008 News briefs

ISDR Highlights August 08

Highlights this month include APEC's strategic framework for disaster mitigation, a partnership between Government and academics in China in the wake of the Sichuan earthquake, and the Manila launch of the Hospitals Safe from Disasters campaign.
29 Aug 2008 Newsletter

ISDR Highlights July 08

Highlights this month include the G8+5's adopting of a climate change adaptation paper, a WHO team's plans to investigate hospital safety in the wake of the Sichuan Earthquake, and news on the Hospitals Safe from Disaster campaign in the Middle East region.
31 Jul 2008 Newsletter

First expert working group meeting for 2008-2009 World Disaster Reduction Campaign: "Hospitals Safe from Disasters"

As a follow up WHO-EMRO and UN/ISDR organized a 2 days consultation calling upon the core experts of the region to validate the assessment tool and to finalize the regional framework for implementation. This also lay the platform of coordination among different stakeholders in this massive work.
21 Jul 2008 News briefs

ECO-ISDR workshop on the Global Assessment Report for DRR,Tehran, 1-2 July 2008

The ECO-ISDR workshop on the Global Assessment Report was held in Tehran on the 1st and 2nd July 2008.This work shop was jointly organized by the UN/ISDR and ECO Secretariat in Tehran.
7 Jul 2008 News briefs

Indigenous Knowledge for Disaster Risk Reduction: Good Practices and lessons Learned from Experiences in the Asia-Pacific Region 2008

Even before we came up with high technology based early warning systems, or standard operating procedures for response, numerous local communities worldwide have prepared, operated, acted, and responded to natural disasters using indigenous methods passed on from one generation to the next.
1 Jul 2008 News briefs

ISDR Highlights June 08

Highlights this month include the UNFCCC Nairobi Work Programme asking for more input on climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction, the greenlighting of a major cost-benefit analysis of disaster risk reduction, and the launching of Senegal's national parliamentarian network on disaster risk reduction.
30 Jun 2008 Newsletter

Community Based Disaster Risk Reduction, Regional Consultative Meeting, West Asia, Middle East and North African Region

UN/ISDR, IFRC and AASTMT is arranging the First Consultative Meeting for Community Based Disaster Risk Reduction in the West Asia, Middle East and North African region.
30 Jun 2008 News briefs

ASEAN Regional Drawing Competition on Safer Community – Hospital, School and House of My Dream

Joint launch by the UN/ISDR Asia Pacific and ASEAN Secretariat of an ASEAN Regional Drawing Competition on “Safer Community – Hospital, School and House of My Dream” on the occasion of the 2008 ASEAN Day for Disaster Management & International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction, 8 October 2008.
2 Jun 2008 News briefs

ISDR Highlights May 08

Highlights this month include calls for better disaster preparedness for hospitals and schools in the wake of the Sichuan earthquake, from WHO Director-General Margaret Chan on World Health Day, and from a Pakistan conference on school safety.
30 May 2008 Newsletter

Poorly constructed buildings kill people during earthquakes

16 May 2008 Press release

Early warning systems can save lives when cyclones strike

6 May 2008 Press release

Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction and Assessing Disaster Damages and Losses in Development

A four day workshop was held between the 14 th and 17 th of April in Dakar, Senegal bringing together DRR focal points from over 30 countries in Sub Saharan Africa including government officials (National Platform/HFA Focal Points/Ministry of Finance senior members), World Bank and UNDP staff, African Union representatives, African Development Bank staff and DRR partner institutions/civil society/academic institutions.
30 Apr 2008 News briefs

ISDR Highlights April 08

Highlights this month include agreement at the Bangkok Climate Change talks that risk reduction and risk management will be included in the talks in Poznan in December, action in South Asia and Southeast Asia on the Hospitals Safe from Disasters campaign, and a new online Hyogo Framework monitoring tool from UNISDR.
30 Apr 2008 Newsletter

Tackling drought essential for food crisis solution

25 Apr 2008 Press release

Regional Orintation Workshop on the HFA Progress Review, 25th April 2008 Bangkok

The UN/ISDR secretariat in Asia and Pacific and the UNDP Regional Centre in Bangkok, will jointly organize the above orientation workshop on the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) Progress Review Process in Asia.
21 Apr 2008 News briefs

ISDR Highlights March 08

Highlights this month include regional launches of the World Disaster Reduction Campaign: Hospitals Safe from Disasters, the launch of the ISDR System Joint Work Programme, and news on national and local level progress on disaster risk reduction throughout Asia, the Middle East and Africa.
31 Mar 2008 Newsletter

Middle East and North Africa Regional Inter-Agency Workshop on Disaster Risk Assessment

UN/ISDR held in cooperation with the World Bank and the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport the Regional Workshop on Disaster Risk Assessment to discuss the critical issue of assessment in risk reduction and to generate technical input to the Second Regional Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction to be held in Yemen, 19-21 of May 2008.
24 Mar 2008 News briefs

Message on the occasion of International Women’s Day

The crucial role of women in development has long been very clear to the ISDR secretariat, and it is my pleasure on this day to reaffirm the secretariat’s commitment to achieving gender equality in disaster risk reduction.
8 Mar 2008 Statements & speeches

ISDR Highlights February 08

Highlights this month include UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's support of the Hyogo Framework at a high level climate change meeting, progress on mainstreaming disaster risk reduction through the UN Development Group, and the launch of a regional task force on Urban Risk Reduction in the Asia Pacific.
29 Feb 2008 Newsletter

Central Asia threatened by floods after severe cold weather

28 Feb 2008 Press release

China's freak snowstorms: the new normal?

6 Feb 2008 Press release

World Disaster Reduction Campaign 2008-2009

The World Disaster Reduction Campaign 2008-2009: 'Hospitals Safe from Disasters' is a global campaign. It was launched in Davos, Switzerland on 25 January, by the secretariat of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) and the World Health Organization (WHO), with support from the World Bank.
1 Feb 2008 News briefs

ISDR Highlights January 08

Highlights this month include the launch of the World Disaster Reduction Campaign: Hospitals Safe from Disasters, and new disaster figures for 2007 showing an increase in floods.
31 Jan 2008 Newsletter

Disaster Risk Reduction: 2007 Global Review

A radical realignment of priorities in addressing the Hyogo Framework for Action are required if the growing population living in high risk conditions is to be adequately protected, the recently released UN/ISDR’s 2007 Global Review has concluded.
30 Jan 2008 News briefs

UN/ISDR secretariat and WHO Launch the World Disaster Reduction Campaign 2008-2009 on 25 January 2008 in Davos

The World Disaster Reduction Campaign 2008-2009: 'Hospitals Safe from Disasters' is a global campaign being launched in Davos, Switzerland on 25 January, by the secretariat of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) and the World Health Organization (WHO), with support from the World Bank.
28 Jan 2008 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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