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UN SG meets with global champions

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon paid tribute today to a group of former and serving politicians who are championing disaster risk reduction and thereby striving to save lives and prevent economic losses.
15 Mar 2015 News briefs

Vanuatu President appeals for international assistance at World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction

The President of the Republic of Vanuatu, H.E. Baldwin Lonsdale, today appealed from the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan, for international support in anticipation of large-scale needs for his island nation following a direct hit from Category 5 Cyclone Pam over the weekend.
15 Mar 2015 Press release

Health ‘a must for HFA2’

The Mayor of Christchurch today said that inclusion of health “is an absolute minimum requirement” for the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction.
15 Mar 2015 News briefs

Japan launches US$4 billion Sendai Cooperation Initiative as Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction opens

The Japanese Prime Minister, Mr. Shinzo Abe, today pledged $US 4 billion to support implementation of the “Sendai Cooperation Initiative for Disaster Risk Reduction” over the next four years.
14 Mar 2015 Press release

UN Secretary-General calls for massive investment in disaster risk reduction

The UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, today opened the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, stating that annual economic losses now exceed US$ 300 billion annually.
14 Mar 2015 Press release

Japan backs women’s leadership in DRR

Japanese Prime Minister, Mr. Shinzo Abe today announced that boosting women’s leadership in disaster risk reduction would be a key element of the country’s new programme of international support.
14 Mar 2015 News briefs

Vanuatu tragedy marks WCDRR opening

The opening day of the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction was marked today by a stark reminder that disaster risk management is a matter of life and death.
14 Mar 2015 News briefs

Turkey’s promise on school safety

Turkey has vowed to make all 80,000 of the country’s schools disaster-proof by 2018, senior officials told the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction today.
14 Mar 2015 News briefs

ISO standard to disaster-proof cities announced at UN conference

The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) today agreed to help pioneer a new ISO Standard in 45 cities already recognized for their commitment to keeping their citizens safe from a range of natural hazards including floods, storms and earthquakes.
13 Mar 2015 Press release

IPU President calls for a success in Sendai

The President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) today emphasized the importance of “a good start here in Sendai” as the world gears up for what he called “the year for sustainable development.”
13 Mar 2015 News briefs

World gathers in Japan to agree on how to manage disaster risk

The world gathers this weekend in Sendai, Japan, for the third time in 21 years to agree on a new framework for managing disaster risk which will reduce mortality and economic losses.
13 Mar 2015 Press release

Sasakawa finalists ‘shape the future’

The three finalists of the 2015 United Nations Sasakawa Award for Disaster Reduction have been short-listed because “they are shaping the future, not just reshaping the past”.
12 Mar 2015 News briefs

Experts seek gender-inclusive framework for disaster risk reduction

Experts want gender to feature strongly in the final text of the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction, due to adopted at the looming Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction.
12 Mar 2015 News briefs

Japan tsunami remembered on eve of World Conference on Disaster Risk

The Head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), Margareta Wahlström, today took part in the solemn remembrance ceremony in Tokyo for all those who died in the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami which occurred on March 11, 2011.
11 Mar 2015 Press release

Ageing and risk – how to get it right

UNISDR Chief, Margareta Wahlstrom, today welcomed the publication by HelpAge International of the first “Disaster Risk and Age Index” in the build-up to the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan, 14-18 March. The Index ranks 190 countries on the disaster risk faced by older people.
11 Mar 2015 News briefs

UN Secretary-General’s breakfast of champions in Sendai

The UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, will personally welcome the former President of Finland, Ms. Tarja Halonen, as the third UN Global Champion for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) when he shares breakfast on Sunday with DRR advocates from around the world in Sendai, Japan, at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction www.wcdrr.org
10 Mar 2015 Press release

Ten-year review finds 87% of disasters climate-related

A week before world leaders and representatives of civil society gather in Sendai, Japan, for the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction said today that climate-related disasters now dominate disaster risk management.
6 Mar 2015 Press release

UN Secretary-General: World threatened by dangerous and unacceptable levels of risk from disasters

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today warned that “growing global inequality, increasing exposure to natural hazards, rapid urbanization and the overconsumption of energy and natural resources threaten to drive risk to dangerous and unpredictable levels with systemic global impacts.”
4 Mar 2015 Press release

UN recognizes Hoboken as a role model city

The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction has designated the City of Hoboken, New Jersey, USA, as a Role Model City of the Making Cities Resilient campaign for its flood risk management practices. These include plans to retain over a million gallons of stormwater runoff through green infrastructure.
3 Mar 2015 News briefs

Inclusion, coordination in focus as Sendai looms

More inclusion and better coordination are needed to boost future efforts to strengthen resilience, according to disaster risk experts from Asia and Europe.
3 Mar 2015 News briefs

Judges announce Sasakawa Award short-list

The judges of the 2015 United Nations Sasakawa Award for Disaster Reduction have today announced their final short-list of three.
3 Mar 2015 News briefs

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
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