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Iran acts on Sendai Framework

Implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 received another boost this week with the announcement in Tehran that the text has now been translated into Farsi, a language used by some 100 million people in Iran and neighbouring countries.
5 Oct 2015 News briefs

Banking seeds in a brutal climate

The tiny community of El Solís in rural Guatemala is tapping into its local knowledge on biodiversity and maintaining a native seeds bank to help it cope with drought, food insecurity and climate change.
2 Oct 2015 News briefs

Serbia to turn Sendai Framework into law

Serbia aims to become the first country to incorporate all aspects of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction into national legislation following its experience with devastating floods last year.

30 Sep 2015 News briefs

DRR key for stemming crises: UN leader

The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction is a key element in global efforts to stem the rise in humanitarian crises and shape a new global development and climate change agenda over the next 15 years, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said here today.

30 Sep 2015 News briefs

Work starts on Sendai indicators

UN member States met today for the first time to discuss indicators to measure global progress in the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 which was adopted in March at the Third UN Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction held in Sendai, Japan.

29 Sep 2015 News briefs

Early warning milestone for developing nations

Plans to bring early warning systems to some of the world’s poorest countries and thereby curb the risk of disasters have cleared a new milestone, thanks to a French-spurred initiative unveiled at the United Nations today.

29 Sep 2015 News briefs

Fresh call for resilient private sector

The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction and its existing private sector partners have called on businesses around the globe to join a new initiative that aims to raise resilience in the face of natural and man-made hazards.

27 Sep 2015 News briefs

Curbing disaster risk key for aid

Disaster risk reduction needs to be included squarely in humanitarian aid programmes and development policies, given its power to save lives and money, delegates at the United Nations sustainable development summit heard today.

26 Sep 2015 News briefs

Korea’s new disasters network

Korea’s advance towards a national integrated public-safety communications network is being heralded as an example of how disaster risk reduction represents a major business opportunity.
24 Sep 2015 News briefs

DRR is in sustainability's DNA

Efforts to reduce the threat posed by natural and man-made hazards will get a fresh boost this weekend when world leaders adopt a new global sustainable development agenda that aims to eradicate extreme poverty, promote prosperity and people’s well-being, while protecting the environment.

24 Sep 2015 News briefs

Local knowledge protects Cameroon harvest

Farmers in northwestern Cameroon are deploying traditional knowledge to boost the survival of their crops, thereby curbing the risk of disasters posed by increasingly unpredictable weather patterns.
23 Sep 2015 News briefs

Local knowledge saves lives in Vanuatu

The Pacific Region has a wealth of traditional knowledge for disaster risk reduction. It is rarely advertised or documented, but passed on by word of mouth from generation to generation. One striking example came to light after one of the worst cyclones this year.
22 Sep 2015 News briefs

Mexico marks 30 years of progress

GENEVA, September 21, 2015 - The head of UNISDR, Margareta Wahlström, praised Mexico for its commitment to reducing disaster losses and avoiding the creation of new risk, during talks with the government and in a speech to mark the 30th anniversary of the deadly 1985 earthquake on Saturday.
21 Sep 2015 News briefs

Uganda gets ready for El Niño

The Government of Uganda is training its military and police officers in disaster preparedness in anticipation of the effects of El Niño-enhanced rains over the mid-September 2015 to January 2016 period.
18 Sep 2015 News briefs

Mexico’s new seismic warning system

The head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), Margareta Wahlström, will take part tomorrow in the 30th anniversary commemoration of the earthquake which struck Mexico City on September 19, 1985.
18 Sep 2015 News briefs

Cyclone recovery in the Pacific

Cyclone Pam’s devastation of Vanuatu provided a real-time example of the relevance of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk as it was adopted at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, in Japan, almost six months ago.
17 Sep 2015 News briefs

Chile's investment in disaster risk reduction pays off

The head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), Margareta Wahlström, today congratulated the Chilean government on its successful efforts to reduce disaster risk and minimise the number of casualties from the 8.3 magnitude earthquake and tsunami which occurred last night.

17 Sep 2015 Press release

Sendai Framework applied post-Haiyan

TACLOBAN, 14 September 2015 - Almost two years after the Philippines island of Leyte was devastated by Typhoon Haiyan, “Building Back Better” is the principle guiding the efforts of local governments in Tacloban city, Javier, Tanuan and Palo municipalities which were visited today by the head of UNISDR, Margareta Wahlström.
15 Sep 2015 News briefs

Sandstorm causes health problems

Health services across the region continue to deal with the impact of the severe sandstorm which hit the Middle East last week, sweeping across Lebanon, Syria and Palestine, causing casualties and sending dozens to hospitals, as health risks particularly respiratory problems increased. Other countries in the region, like Iraq, Jordan, Egypt and Saudi Arabia, were affected by the clouds of dust and sand causing flight delays and disrupting school activities.
14 Sep 2015 News briefs

Making a resilient airport

NADI, Fiji, 9 September 2015 – When floods closed Fiji’s main international airport for the only time in its history, economic shockwaves rippled through the tourism-dependent country.
9 Sep 2015 News briefs

Southern Africa moves on Sendai Framework

MAPUTO, 7 September 2015 – African leaders and experts on disaster risk are moving ahead on detailed planning of implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the new global agreement on reducing disaster losses and a key pillar of the post-2015 Development Agenda.

7 Sep 2015 News briefs

Tropical storm Erika highlights serious gaps in early warning systems

The head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), Margareta Wahlström, today extended her condolences to the people of the small island state of Dominica as they enter a second day of national mourning for the 31 people who have died and the 35 reported missing in the wake of a tropical storm which arrived with little or no warning.
4 Sep 2015 Press release

Parliamentarians key DRR actors - UN SG

The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction is “a fundamental stepping stone marking this year of global action for people and the planet,” according to UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon in remarks to a gathering of Speakers of Parliament from around the world.
2 Sep 2015 News briefs

Business key for Sendai Framework success

Indonesia’s National Disaster Management Agency has told business leaders that the private sector is vital to efforts to reduce the country’s disaster risk.

31 Aug 2015 News briefs

Hurricane Katrina raised the bar for disaster risk management

The head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), Margareta Wahlström, today said the true legacy of Hurricane Katrina, America’s costliest hurricane disaster, was to raise the bar for disaster risk management worldwide.
28 Aug 2015 Press release

Scaling up insurance for resilience in Africa

Improved access to insurance can boost the resilience of vulnerable communities to recurrent disasters such as droughts and floods in Sub-Saharan Africa.

24 Aug 2015 News briefs

Cuban students win DRR design award

A group of Cuban students has won an international prize awarded to budding architects who deploy their talents to reduce the risk of disasters.

21 Aug 2015 News briefs

Kenya ramps up support for DRR legislation

The Government of Kenya and its partners are engaging to create an enabling environment for implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, a 15-year global plan to curb deaths and economic losses caused by natural and man-made hazards.

20 Aug 2015 News briefs

Crises are piling on the pressure

The global aid sector is facing massive pressure as it tries to deal with the fallout from crises around the globe and the resulting financial strains, senior international officials said here today as they marked World Humanitarian Day.

19 Aug 2015 News briefs

Sendai Framework action under way

UNISDR has added new momentum to the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, a 15-year international plan to curb deaths and economic damage caused by natural and man-made hazards.

18 Aug 2015 News briefs
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