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Climate change 'like a cancer'

The Manila Call to Action on Climate Change was launched today in the Philippines by UNISDR Champion and Philippines Senator, Loren Legarda, on the occasion of the State visit by French President, Francois Hollande.
26 Feb 2015 News briefs

Japan’s private sector puts focus on resilience and risk-sensitivity as World Conference looms

More than 250 representatives from Japan’s business community have held an information-packed session to prepare for next month’s World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, which will see the adoption of a new global framework to guide risk reduction over the next decade.
24 Feb 2015 News briefs

GAR15 to seek fresh start

In 2009, four years into the life of the global blueprint for disaster risk management, the Hyogo Framework for Action, the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction launched the first Global Assessment Report for Disaster Risk Reduction, GAR09.
23 Feb 2015 News briefs

Safety first as cyclones hit Australia

The Mayor of one of the municipalities in UNISDR’s Making Cities Resilient campaign has been in the lead of preparedness efforts ahead of Cyclone Marcia which continues to lash Australia’s east coast and its hinterland.
20 Feb 2015 News briefs

UN helps Algeria strengthen disaster risk reduction

As the world gears up for the 3rd World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, the UN in Algeria is helping the Government to bolster the safety of communities, in a country that has suffered from a string of devastating earthquakes and repeated floods.
12 Feb 2015 News briefs

32 days to go before the WCDRR

Margareta Wahlström, the UN Head of the Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) met yesterday with the Prime Minister of Japan Mr. Shinzo Abe in Tokyo and discussed with him the preparations for the next UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction that will be hosted by Japan in Sendai from 14 to 18 March.
10 Feb 2015 Press release

Partnership needed to address trans-boundary disasters in Central Asia, South Caucasus

Ministers from Central Asia and the South Caucasus have called for a stronger regional approach to disaster resilience, as they step up effort to tackle the increasingly ‘trans-boundary’ nature of disaster risk.
10 Feb 2015 News briefs

Key role for health in new HFA

Efforts to finalise the successor to the world’s most encompassing framework on disaster risk reduction have taken a leap forward, with the issue of health taking it into new territory.
4 Feb 2015 News briefs

Tunisian municipalities committing to resilience

Municipalities from across Tunisia have stepped up their commitment to make themselves resilient in the face of disaster risk, spurred by Ain Draham, which two years ago was the first community in the North African country to join UNISDR’s Making Cities Resilient campaign.
30 Jan 2015 News briefs

Disaster risk reduction and science should be core of sustainable development, experts say

With fewer than 50 days to go before the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction top scientists have called on governments to put evidence-based disaster risk reduction at the heart of their strategies for sustainable development.
30 Jan 2015 News briefs

Floods and poverty collide in Malawi

Lashed by torrential rains, Malawi and neighbouring countries are in the grip of a major flood crisis, with scores of lives lost, and over 600,000 displaced in Malawi alone.
28 Jan 2015 News briefs

Potenza becomes role model for resilience

POTENZA, 26 January 2015 - The Italian Province of Potenza was recognized at the weekend as a role model for inclusive resilience by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction for its unique network of 100 cities which are all enrolled in the Making Cities Resilient Campaign.
26 Jan 2015 News briefs

The Year of Resilience

Ten years ago this month, representatives from 168 United Nations member states met in Kobe, the capital of Japan’s Hyogo Prefecture, to decide how to manage risk better in the wake of the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami, which claimed more than 227,000 lives. Over five days, which included the anniversary of the 1995 Kobe earthquake, they crafted the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA), composed of a raft of measures designed to “reduce the losses in lives and social, economic, and environmental assets of communities and countries.”
22 Jan 2015 Statements & speeches

UN Secretary-General marks 10th Anniversary of Hyogo Framework for Action

Ten years ago today, just four weeks after the Indian Ocean Tsunami claimed over 227,000 lives, representatives of 168 member UN states meeting in Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan, adopted a global plan for managing disaster risk: the Hyogo Framework for Action (2005-2015): Building the Resilience of Nations and Communities to Disasters.
22 Jan 2015 Press release

GEM’S OpenQuake platform launched

The GEM Foundation today launched OpenQuake, a web-based platform which allows access to a wide variety of sources on earthquakes, enabling cutting-edge risk assessment and the sharing of information with a broad community. It is the fruit of an open source collaboration by over 300 experts across the world.
21 Jan 2015 News briefs

Kobe’s message to Sendai

Of the many milestones on the “Road to Sendai,” the Kobe earthquake stands out. The learning from the 1995 Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake remains relevant today as governments from around the world prepare to meet in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in March.
20 Jan 2015 News briefs

Kobe 'shall never be forgotten'

A firm resolve to build a more resilient future in honour of those who lost their lives in the Kobe earthquake 20 years ago was evident amid the sombre services of remembrance over the weekend.
19 Jan 2015 News briefs

Seismic risk and the 20th anniversary of the Kobe earthquake

The Head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), Margareta Wahlström, today congratulated the Japanese people and government for their steadfast remembrance of the 6,434 people who lost their lives on 17 January 1995, when the Great Hanshin Awaji Earthquake struck at 5.46 a.m. local time
16 Jan 2015 Press release

African youth commit to reduce disaster risks

African youth leaders are taking action to make their communities better informed and prepared to reduce their exposure to the effects of disasters.
15 Jan 2015 News briefs

EU gears up for disability inclusive #WCDRR

The new Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union is pressing ahead with plans to strengthen measures across the 28 EU Member States to include persons with disabilities in disaster risk management activities.
14 Jan 2015 News briefs

Flood crises fuel strategic rethink in Europe

Battered by repeated flooding for the best part of a decade, European governments have stepped up efforts to stem the economic and human impact.
13 Jan 2015 News briefs

ECHO boosts Resilient Cities campaign

Two capital cities, Tbilisi and Bishkek, are among eight towns and cities from Central Asia and the Caucasus, joining UNISDR’s Making Cities Resilient Campaign in the new year.
12 Jan 2015 News briefs

DRR negotiations resume next week

The draft programme for the first global conference on disasters in ten years has been published by UNISDR ahead of negotiations next week in Geneva on a post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction, the first of three interlocking international agreements expected this year.
9 Jan 2015 News briefs

Turkey leads on earthquake-safety

Turkey was yesterday praised as an emerging leader in disaster risk reduction as it marked the 5th anniversary of the creation of AFAD, the national disaster and emergency management authority under the direct control of the Prime Minister’s office.
8 Jan 2015 News briefs

Tsunami commemoration paves way for World Conference

The Indian Ocean Tsunami of 2004 was the springboard for an international accord on reducing disaster risks, the Hyogo Framework for Action, which was adopted just weeks later.
3 Jan 2015 News briefs

DESINVENTAR: Accelerating disaster losses data collection in Serbia

Accounting for disaster losses in Serbia gained considerable ground at a special training event focusing on how to use DESINVENTAR as an effective tool to support decision-making about investments on prevention measures.

30 Dec 2014 News briefs

The Indian Ocean Tsunami, ten years on

A decade on from the Indian Ocean Tsunami, lessons have been learned and applied across the region. For the upscale Le Meridien Phuket Beach Resort, disaster preparedness was the watchword even before the tragedy, with resilience seen as part and parcel of good business.
29 Dec 2014 News briefs

A decade after Indian Ocean Tsunami, lessons learned

It’s exactly ten years since the Indian Ocean Tsunami struck countries across the region, claiming 227,00 lives and leaving communities reeling.
26 Dec 2014 News briefs

Japan’s Private Sector Partnership members eager to play part in World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction

The ranks of UNISDR’s Private Sector Partnership (PSP) have swollen in Japan thanks to the admission of nine new companies and a business federation, the Keidanren, which represents more than 1,300 firms and 112 business associations. In addition, more than 10 companies are poised to join.
24 Dec 2014 News briefs

Montenegro launches National Platform for DRR

Montenegro today became the 27th country in Europe to launch a National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, a key step towards implementing the world’s first global blueprint for reducing disaster risk, the Hyogo Framework for Action.

16 Dec 2014 News briefs
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