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UNISDR head calls for more women in disaster risk reduction

Women play an important role in advancing disaster risk reduction policies and we want to see more of them engaged in disaster management,” Mr. Robert Glasser, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, said today, as the world marks International Women’s Day.

8 Mar 2016 News briefs

Christchurch re-born after five years

Five years after it was devastated by two major earthquakes, Christchurch, New Zealand, is continuing its transformation into one of the world’s most resilient cities with much to share with other urban centers on how to reduce disaster risk in an earthquake zone. UNISDR head, Mr. Robert Glasser, had a briefing today from government minister and Christchurch MP, Ms. NickyWagner.

4 Mar 2016 News briefs

Australia’s disaster bill could skyrocket

Australia could see its annual disaster bill rise nearly fourfold by 2050, with the cost of social impacts such as stress-related illness playing a significant role, two reports commissioned by the Australian Business Roundtable for Disaster Resilience and Safer Communities warn.

3 Mar 2016 News briefs

Climate change is a potent element in the deadly brew of disaster risk

The Hyogo framework for action (HFA), adopted in January 2005 by UN member states, was an unprecedented move to promote saving lives and livelihoods from disasters over a decade. Has there been progress?

3 Mar 2016 Statements & speeches

French public learns life-saving skills

Launched by France in the wake of the November 2015 Paris attacks, a nationwide programme has helped the public learn critical medical skills that can save lives in an emergency or a disaster.

2 Mar 2016 News briefs

Remarks by Robert Glasser at the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women

The Sendai Framework places significant importance on human rights, gender equality and climate change adaptation.

1 Mar 2016 Statements & speeches

Canada spotlights gender and climate change

Policymakers working to rein in the impact of climate change and natural hazards must keep the issue of gender squarely in the spotlight, Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Stéphane Dion told a United Nations meeting today.

1 Mar 2016 News briefs

Women the future of disaster risk reduction

Women and girls need to be at the core of disaster risk reduction, given that they often bear the brunt of climate change and hazards such as storms and floods, a United Nations human rights body heard today.

29 Feb 2016 News briefs

Zimbabwe smallholders confront climate change

Zimbabwe has declared a state of disaster in the face of a regional drought, but smallholder farmers are tackling climate change head on by adopting new livelihood strategies to counter the adverse effects.

26 Feb 2016 News briefs

Asia aims for hotel resilience

A landmark public-private cross-border partnership in Asia is gathering pace in an effort to protect a multi-billion dollar industry on the frontline of hazard exposure.

24 Feb 2016 News briefs

Sendai takes root in Africa

African countries have held fresh talks to drive forward their implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, a global agreement that is part of wider efforts to make development sustainable.

23 Feb 2016 News briefs

UNISDR commends Fiji Government for its state of preparedness in face of Cyclone Winston

The head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, Mr. Robert Glasser, today extended his condolences to Fiji on the loss of life from Cyclone Winston and commended the government for its efforts to reduce mortality and the numbers of people affected by the strongest cyclone ever to hit the Pacific country.

22 Feb 2016 Press release

French honour for UNISDR champion

Just two months after the success of the Paris Agreement on climate, the French Government has bestowed on Senator Loren Legarda, UNISDR Global Champion for Resilience, its highest award, the Legion of Honour. Senator Legarda is a tireless advocate for disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation.

19 Feb 2016 News briefs

The Pandemic Threat to Human Security

Just as the worst of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa seemed to be over, the mosquito-borne Zika virus has led to the declaration by WHO of a public health emergency of international concern following a steep rise in congenital malformations and neurological complications among new-born children of infected women.

17 Feb 2016 Statements & speeches

Data curbs earthquake risk in Armenia

In a country that suffered a devastating earthquake almost three decades ago, private sector researchers are helping to implement the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction by harnessing data to lessen the impact of future shakes.

16 Feb 2016 News briefs

Disaster lessons from the hottest year on record

Climate change and the effects of a powerful El Nino are fuelling drought conditions across Africa in particular. Last year saw a doubling of major droughts recorded globally and the effects will continue into 2016.

15 Feb 2016 Statements & speeches

Radio in times of disaster

Through World Radio Day celebrations around the world tomorrow, UNESCO will promote radio in times of emergency and disaster. A key message on the day is that radio saves lives and reducing mortality is the first target of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

12 Feb 2016 News briefs

The human cost of the hottest year on record

The hottest year on record, 2015, has confirmed that weather and climate-related disasters now dominate disaster trends linked to natural hazards, according to a new analysis presented today.

11 Feb 2016 Press release

Governments craft Sendai benchmarks

Governments on Thursday continued hammering out ways to measure progress in implementing the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, a 15-year international agreement to rein in the impact of natural and man-made hazards.

11 Feb 2016 News briefs

Sendai progress in the spotlight

Governments are this week stepping up efforts to implement the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction by crafting ways to measure progress in curbing deaths and economic losses through to 2030.

9 Feb 2016 News briefs

Nargis memory spurs resilience training

A new training centre located close to the scene of Myanmar's Cyclone Nargis, one of the worst disasters of recent decades, is championing the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction’s call to engage all sectors and levels of society for effective risk management.

8 Feb 2016 News briefs

Building back better with Sendai

The International Recovery Platform was established after the 2nd UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in 2005 to support implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action. The Sendai Framework has given it a new lease of life with a focus on sharing experience and lessons associated with build-back-better.

4 Feb 2016 News briefs

Curbing landslide risk in Uganda

For decades, Mr. Joel Mayatsya has used traditional knowledge as an early warning system for landslides in the hilly area of Bududa, eastern Uganda, helping his community reduce the risk of a rain-triggered disaster.

2 Feb 2016 News briefs

ASEAN moves to strengthen disaster cooperation

Greater disaster resilience at community and national level is an important element of a new era of closer integration and cooperation in Southeast Asia, a high-level ASEAN-China cooperation forum was told today.

1 Feb 2016 News briefs

A new science partnership to confront disaster risk

The first UNISDR Science and Technology Conference closed today with agreement among 700 scientists and disaster risk experts to launch a new Science and Technology Partnership comprising over 65 agencies, networks and organizations.

29 Jan 2016 Press release

Scientists pledge Sendai action

Hundreds of scientists and policymakers today pledged to step up action on the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, a 15-year global agreement that aims to curb deaths and economic losses from natural and man-made hazards.

29 Jan 2016 News briefs

Closing statement by Dr. Robert Glasser at the UNISDR Science and Technology Conference

Closing Statement by Dr. Robert Glasser, Special Representative of the UN Secretary for Disaster Risk Reduction, at the UNISDR Science and Technology Conference on the Implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030

29 Jan 2016 Statements & speeches

Early warnings must make sense

Early warning systems are doomed to fail if they don’t make sense to the very people that they are meant to help, delegates heard today at an international conference on harnessing science and technology to implement the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

28 Jan 2016 News briefs

Opening statement by Dr. Robert Glasser at the UNISDR Science and Technology Conference

Opening Statement by Dr. Robert Glasser, Special Representative of the UN Secretary for Disaster Risk Reduction, at the UNISDR Science and Technology Conference on the Implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030
27 Jan 2016 Statements & speeches

Tribute paid to climate change scientists

The UNISDR Science and Technology Conference opened today in Geneva with a tribute by the head of UNISDR, Mr. Robert Glasser, to the hundreds of scientists who have contributed their time to ground-breaking research on climate change and its impacts.
 

27 Jan 2016 News briefs
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