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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

Break silos to curb risk

Breaking the silos between a plethora of agencies is a critical tool to help curb the threat of natural and man-made hazards, delegates heard today at a global conference on using science to implement the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

27 Jan 2016 News briefs

ICTs and the Sendai Framework

The "2nd Global Forum on Emergency Telecommunications (GET-2016): SAVING LIVES" opens today in Kuwait and serves as an international platform to discuss international Emergency Telecommunication policy and disaster risk reduction topics. Information and Communications Technology (ICT) has a key role to play in implementing the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

26 Jan 2016 News briefs

Science vital to managing disaster risk

On the eve of the first-ever gathering of scientists to discuss disaster risk management, the head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, Dr. Robert Glasser, today said: “Government leaders and decision makers should give greater attention to the science on disaster risk and climate change to reduce exposure to extreme disaster events and to promote sustainable development.

26 Jan 2016 Press release

How can science play a bigger part in reducing disaster risk?

When the Viceroy of Peru, Jose Antonio Mansa de Velasco, was given orders to rebuild Lima after an earthquake in October 1746, he hired the French mathematician, Louis Godin, to come up with a reconstruction plan. It was an early example of trying to “Build Back Better” as advocated for by the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction adopted by U.N. member States last year. Godin proposed to reduce vulnerability by widening streets and lowering building height.

26 Jan 2016 Statements & speeches

UN report flags climate impacts

Climate change is raising the vulnerability of communities around the world to a raft of hazards, including drought, storms and floods which wreak havoc on food production and public health, according to the UN’s latest Human Development Report.

21 Jan 2016 News briefs

Philippine Congress commends former UNISDR chief for her advocacy on disaster risk reduction

In an exceptional move, the Philippine Congress today passed a resolution recognising and commending the former head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), Ms. Margareta Wahlström, for her outstanding work on advocacy for disaster risk reduction over the last seven years.

19 Jan 2016 Press release

Caribbean’s new disaster risk awards

The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency is introducing a new awards scheme to recognise distinction in reducing disaster risk including the Jeremy Collymore Award for Research in Disaster Response and Disaster Risk Management.

18 Jan 2016 News briefs

Science helps understand landslide risk

Down in the depths of a cutting-edge lab in this English university city, scientists are working to rein in the risk posed by landslides around the globe.

15 Jan 2016 News briefs

Dr. Robert Glasser takes the helm at UNISDR

Dr. Robert Glasser, an experienced leader and thinker on development issues, took up his new role this week as head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR). He was appointed as Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, succeeding Ms. Margareta Wahlström who completed two terms at the end of 2015.

8 Jan 2016 Press release

US wildfires set new record

A new report from the US Department of Agriculture highlights the threat of wildfires to a warming, more drought-prone planet.Yesterday in Washington, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said that in 2015, wildfires burned a record 10,125,149 acres across the United States, surpassing the previous record set in 2006.

7 Jan 2016 News briefs

Malawi pioneers peer review for disaster risk reduction in Africa

Africa has cleared a new milestone in its drive to implement the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. The pioneer is Malawi, which has undergone a peer review of its policies and actions, almost a year after being battered by floods.

6 Jan 2016 News briefs
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