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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

Sendai Framework key for local resilience in Africa

Disasters in Sub-Saharan Africa are increasing in frequency, severity and impacts, and the continent’s rapid urban growth means that risk-sensitive development is crucial, according to participants at an international conference.

5 Jan 2016 News briefs

India responds to quake

India’s Minister of State for Home Affairs and UNISDR Champion, Mr Kiren Rijiju, was today on his way to the country’s north-east to oversee initial rescue and relief efforts hours after a 6.7 magnitude earthquake rocked the area.

4 Jan 2016 News briefs

Appliance of science key to disaster risk reduction

Hundreds of science and technology specialists from around the globe will come together next month to harness their expertise to help reduce disaster risk.

30 Dec 2015 News briefs

Facing the new abnormal

In the wake of the extreme tornadoes that struck the United States over Christmas, freak snowfalls in Mexico and heavy flooding in South America and the United Kingdom, Ms. Margareta Wahlström, head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction today urged governments to take more prevention actions to reduce human and economic losses caused by weather related disasters.

29 Dec 2015 News briefs

UNISDR Chief welcomes World Tsunami Awareness Day

The head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, Margareta Wahlström, today welcomed the passing of a resolution yesterday by the UN General Assembly which recognizes November 5 as World Tsunami Awareness Day. The resolution was led by Japan and Chile.

 

23 Dec 2015 Press release

Paris Agreement shows political will to reduce disaster risk

The dust is beginning to settle after the breakthrough adoption of the Paris Agreement at the U.N. climate change summit.

22 Dec 2015 Statements & speeches

ARISE network created in Japan

Japanese members of the UNISDR Private Sector Alliance for Disaster Resilient Societies, known for short as ARISE, are moving ahead with implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the global blueprint for reducing disaster losses adopted at a UN conference in Japan earlier this year.

21 Dec 2015 News briefs

New steps for disaster risk awareness

An international conference has agreed to step up efforts to increase public awareness of how to curb the impact of natural and man-made hazards, spurring the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

18 Dec 2015 News briefs

Uganda moves on Sendai Framework

Without addressing the growing levels of disaster and climate risk, the Government of Uganda fears that 43% of the population could regress into poverty.

16 Dec 2015 News briefs

Typhoon early action shows worth

More than 700,000 people in the central Philippines have been evacuated to safety ahead of a powerful typhoon in the latest example of the country’s ‘early warning early action’ approach to protect lives, livelihoods and assets.

15 Dec 2015 News briefs

Getting the media onside for Sendai

Getting the media involved in raising public awareness about how to reduce the impact of natural and man-made hazards will be critical to the success of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, participants at a global conference said on Tuesday.

15 Dec 2015 News briefs

Dhaka call for inclusion in DRR

There was a resounding call today for greater inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in disaster risk management worldwide if the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction is to deliver on its promise of being people-centred.

14 Dec 2015 News briefs

Sendai’s role in ecosystems underlined at COP21

Governments, civil society and the private sector are delivering on the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and building resilience to climate-related disasters through efforts to protect ecosystems and biodiversity.

11 Dec 2015 News briefs

Louvre Museum works to fend off floods

Home to the Mona Lisa, the Venus de Milo and other priceless masterpieces, the world-famous Louvre Museum is all too aware of the need to fend off natural hazards.

10 Dec 2015 News briefs

Climate change challenges insurance sector

Insurers are facing up to a world in which natural hazards such as storms and droughts are increasing in both frequency and intensity, key players in the sector said at the COP21 climate summit today.

9 Dec 2015 News briefs

New earthquake early warning drive launched

The United Nations scientific body has launched a new drive to develop earthquake early warning systems, marking a key contribution to implementing the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

8 Dec 2015 News briefs

Korean cities take Sendai forward

One hundred and fifty-six Korean municipalities have agreed to promote city-to-city learning to strengthen implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

7 Dec 2015 News briefs

Lawmakers link global development agenda

Hundreds of legislators from around the world have gathered on the sidelines of the COP21 climate summit to focus on harnessing low carbon development to eradicate poverty and better protect people against disasters.

4 Dec 2015 News briefs

Central Java acts on forest fires

Thirty-five cities and districts in one of the world’s most disaster-exposed countries, Indonesia, have come together to declare their commitment to reduce disaster risk following months of devastating forest fires which have released huge quantities of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.

3 Dec 2015 News briefs

Resilience in focus at COP21

Delegates at the COP21 global climate summit have thrown the spotlight on resilience, a central issue in international efforts to reduce the risk of disasters and face up to growing environmental challenges.

3 Dec 2015 News briefs

Climate Risk Early Warning Systems initiative launched at COP21

The governments of Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Luxembourg and The Netherlands have agreed to give more than US$80 million to equip up to 80 countries with better climate risk early warning systems.

2 Dec 2015 News briefs
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