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Education reduces disaster risk

Disasters present a whole host of risks for children, from threats to their health, psychosocial well-being, protection and nutrition, to disruption of education, all with potentially long-lasting consequences. However, students of all ages can participate effectively in school and community safety measures and work with teachers and other adults to minimize risk before, during and after disasters.

21 Oct 2016 News briefs

Call for innovative resilience financing to support sustainable cities

A high level panel has called for innovative approaches to increase financing so that cities become resilient to natural and man-made hazards and other shocks.

18 Oct 2016 News briefs

Mongolian cities tackle disaster risk

Curbing deaths from disasters requires local authorities and other community partners to raise their capacity to manage risks and thereby ensure safe and sustainable development for their citizens. In Mongolia, the government has committed not only to national action but also to fostering cities’ capacity.

14 Oct 2016 News briefs

#IDDR2016: Ban Ki-moon says new disaster mortality report a "damning indictment of inequality"

Analysis of twenty years of data on 7,056 disaster events in which 1.35 million people died, shows that earthquakes and tsunamis are the biggest killers overall, followed closely by climate-related disasters, and 90% of disaster deaths occur in low and middle-income countries.

13 Oct 2016 Press release

#IDDR2016: UN recognition for success in reducing disaster deaths in Fiji, Peru, Nigeria, India and Europe

The UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, Mr. Robert Glasser, today marked International Day for Disaster Reduction by recognising five outstanding examples of successful efforts to reduce disaster mortality.

13 Oct 2016 News briefs

#IDDR2016: UNISDR and European Committee of the Regions join forces to reduce disaster risks

The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) have agreed a five-year plan to support EU cities and regions to take more concerted action to reduce the impact of natural disasters. It specifically wants to increase the number of towns and cities with disaster risk-reduction strategies by 2020.

13 Oct 2016 Press release

#IDDR2016: Europe steps up local government risk efforts

The European Union's assembly of regional and local representatives , the Committee of the Regions,  today cemented its collaboration with the United Nations as the globe marked International Day for Disaster Reduction.

13 Oct 2016 News briefs

#IDDR2016: Prepared Peru reduces El Niño mortality

The El Niño weather phenomenon was first named by fishermen in Peru where records going back 500 years have detailed its destructive impact especially along the northern coast where it often hits hardest.

12 Oct 2016 News briefs

#IDDR2016: Involving affected communities is key to reducing disaster mortality

The risk of dying in a hurricane or flood is lower today than it was 20 years ago, in most parts of the world. In Haiti, however, the toll of Hurricane Matthew has already reportedly passed 1,000. The issue of how to reach countries and communities left behind and struggling to reduce their disaster mortality rates was the focus of a meeting at United Nations Headquarters, held ahead of International Day for Disaster Reduction.

11 Oct 2016 News briefs

#IDDR2016: How Nigeria beat Ebola

Nigeria has been Ebola-free since it narrowly avoided being sucked into the escalation of the highly contagious haemorrhagic fever outbreak which devastated its neighbours, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone resulting in the loss of over 11,000 lives.

11 Oct 2016 News briefs

#IDDR2016: Fiji’s honest appraisal of Cyclone Winston

There were fears of very large loss of life when Fiji was hit in February this year by the first category 5 cyclone in its recorded history, and the strongest ever seen in the southern hemisphere.

10 Oct 2016 News briefs

2017 Sasakawa Award to recognize reductions in global disaster mortality

Nominations for the 2017 Sasakawa Award are now being accepted and the judges want to recognize an individual, organization or initiative which has made a substantial contribution towards saving lives and reducing global disaster mortality. The deadline is 31 January 2017.

10 Oct 2016 Press release

#IDDR2016: Europe’s Meteolarm offers life-saving alerts

Rolled out in the wake of one of the deadliest storms to strike Europe in decades, the continent-wide weather information service Meteoalarm plays a life-saving role by raising public awareness of how to curb risks, and fosters international cooperation into the bargain.

7 Oct 2016 News briefs

Business calls for resilient investments to curb disaster losses

The UNISDR Private Sector Alliance for Disaster Resilience Societies has called for risks posed by natural and man-made hazards to be put front and centre in investment choices, in order to curb disaster-related economic damage around the globe.

7 Oct 2016 News briefs

UN, World Bank, insurance sector tackle climate vulnerability

A new public-private partnership between the leaders of the United Nations, the World Bank and the insurance sector has adopted a risk management strategy that seeks to harness insurance to promote economic recovery and resilience to climate hazards and disasters.

6 Oct 2016 News briefs

Turkey takes the helm of European disaster risk body

Turkey took the helm of Europe’s top disaster risk reduction forum today, ahead of a new drive by the continent’s governments to widen efforts to curb the threats posed by natural and man-made hazards.

5 Oct 2016 News briefs

Linking disaster risk, development and climate change

Efforts to curb the threats posed by natural and man-made hazards need to be tied tightly with sustainable development and climate change adaptation, according to participants at Europe’s top disaster risk reduction forum.

4 Oct 2016 News briefs

Finnish global health security body wins European disaster risk award

The Finnish arm of an international grouping working to ward off biological and health threats such as Ebola and the Zika virus has won a pan-European award that recognises innovative approaches to reducing disaster risk.

3 Oct 2016 News briefs

Europe holds key disaster risk reduction talks

Europe today began its annual talks on curbing the threat of natural and man-made hazards, with the aim of accelerating efforts to achieve the goals of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

3 Oct 2016 News briefs

Tsunami drill teaches Seychelles life-saving lessons

A multinational tsunami drill in the Indian Ocean has taught Seychelles key lessons about how to save lives in the event that a potentially deadly wave strikes in the future, according to senior officials in the island nation.

2 Oct 2016 News briefs

Record levels of carbon dioxide to fuel disasters

History is being made this month on climate change and not in a good way. We have broken through the symbolic ceiling of 400 parts per million for carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and there seems to be no going back.

29 Sep 2016 Press release

Public awareness key to curbing tsunami risk

Scientists and disaster risk experts from the Mediterranean and beyond have vowed to step up efforts to raise awareness among the general public of how to react to the threat of tsunamis.

28 Sep 2016 News briefs

#IDDR2016: How a deadly cyclone inspired a new NGO

Live To Tell is the slogan for this year's International Day for Disaster Reduction on October 13 which is focused on reducing global mortality, the first target of the Sendai Framework. Housing is a big part of the solution in parts of the world exposed to cyclones and earthquakes. This is the inspiration behind the innovative Indian NGO SEEDS.

27 Sep 2016 News briefs

Europe to strengthen tsunami alert system

Nations on the North Atlantic, Mediterranean and Black Seas have decided to bolster their tsunami warning systems by giving France, Greece, Italy and Turkey a regionwide alert role.

27 Sep 2016 News briefs

Disasters Are Fuelling Displacement And Migration

Globally, more than 60 million people are displaced by conflict, violence, disasters and human rights violations. This is the highest level of forced displacement since World War II. The principle focus of this week’s UN Summit on Refugees and Migrants was on the suffering endured by those who are forced from their homes by conflict. Nonetheless, it must be recognized that there is a growing problem of displacement which is not conflict related but driven by natural hazards.

22 Sep 2016 Statements & speeches

UN Summit: Disasters contribute to migrant crisis

Governments at the UN Summit on Refugees and Migrants have adopted a landmark declaration that underlines the role of environmental degradation, climate change and disasters alongside conflict as drivers of the ongoing crisis.

20 Sep 2016 News briefs

Senegal embraces technology in disaster risk reduction

The government of Senegal is harnessing cutting-edge information and communications technology to manage and reduce disaster risk, with the aim of curbing deaths and economic losses caused by natural and man-made hazards in the West African nation.

19 Sep 2016 News briefs

Statement by Robert Glasser at the UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants

Unplanned urbanisation, environmental degradation, and fundamentally climate change, are increasingly intensifying natural hazards and triggering a significant proportion of the total number of forced displacement of people globally.

19 Sep 2016 Statements & speeches

Mauritius tests life-saving skills in the face of air disasters

Lying in the midst of the Indian Ocean, Mauritius is keenly aware of the importance of preparing for natural and man-made hazards alike, and the island nation has been assessing its ability to save lives in the event of an air crash.

15 Sep 2016 News briefs

New Orleans acts on disaster risk awareness for the private sector

A new report issued today shows that eleven years after Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans continues to focus on trying to get its business community to improve on resilience to disasters. Less than half of survey respondents have an emergency plan in place.

12 Sep 2016 Press release
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