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Revised HFA stresses political leadership

The Zero Draft of the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction was published and circulated widely today. It is an early draft of the final document which will be adopted at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan, next March.
21 Oct 2014 News briefs

UNISDR champion is new IPU President

UNISDR Chief, Margareta Wahlstrom today welcomed the election of UNISDR champion and long-standing advocate for disaster risk reduction, Saber Hossain Chowdhury, as the new President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU).
17 Oct 2014 News briefs

Australian evacuation app takes prize in UN global App Challenge

The United Nations Office of Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and Esri today announced a new winner in the UN Global Disaster Resilience App Challenge. The competition challenged developers to create apps that support the UNISDR Making Cities Resilient: My City is Getting Ready. Guardian Evacuations—an app written by Leon Storey and Gareck Packer that gets people to their closest evacuation center during a storm—was awarded first place in the consumer/public facing category.
17 Oct 2014 Press release

IPU hears call to support women in DRR

The vital role that women play in reducing disaster risk is being increasingly recognized, Members of Parliament from 141 countries have been told at a major international forum of legislators.
16 Oct 2014 News briefs

UN praises India’s “zero casualty” focus on cyclones

The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) today said India has clearly demonstrated to the world that a “zero casualty” focus in the face of extreme weather events is both feasible and actionable following its second major success in 12 months at minimising the loss of life in the face of a severe cyclone packing winds of up to 200 kms per hour.
14 Oct 2014 Press release

India sets example ahead of World Conference

India has again emerged as a global example of early warning, early action with the timely evacuation of up to 400,000 people ahead of Cyclone Hudhud.
14 Oct 2014 News briefs

South Africa’s pledge for older persons

RUSTENBURG, SOUTH AFRICA, 14 October 2014 – Senior government figures and several mayors from across South Africa have marked International Day for Disaster Reduction by signing a unique national pledge to implement minimum standards to both engage older persons in disaster risk reduction and to meet their needs.

14 Oct 2014 News briefs

UN and HelpAge call to reduce death toll among over-60s in disasters

The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and HelpAge International today issued a joint call for greater involvement of older persons in disaster management efforts worldwide in order to bring down death tolls among those over 60.
13 Oct 2014 Press release

World celebrates resilience and older people

GENEVA, October 13, 2014 - A tsunami of 4.5 million tweets rolled out across the world today in support of the 25th International Day for Disaster Reduction as UNISDR and HelpAge International joined forces to launch Charter 14 for Older Persons in Disaster Risk Reduction.
13 Oct 2014 News briefs

Tweet Monday #IDDR – ‘Resilience is for life!’

GENEVA, October 10, 2014 - Twitter was not around when International Day for Disaster Reduction was launched 25 years ago but it’s proving to be an important rallying platform for this year’s celebration.
10 Oct 2014 News briefs

Lively debate on European floods

The recurrence of flooding, one of Europe’s most persistent natural hazards, presents both a challenge and an opportunity when it comes to disaster reduction, a conference heard on Wednesday.
9 Oct 2014 News briefs

Europe wants strong national platforms for DRR

The 5th European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction (EFDRR) closed today with a strong call for joint action to face the common challenges of climate change, sustainable development and disaster risk reduction.
8 Oct 2014 News briefs

Scientists needed for risk reduction

Scientists can, and should, play a greater role in the international effort to reduce the prevalence and impact of disasters, Margareta Wahlström, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction and Head of UNISDR told a conference.
7 Oct 2014 News briefs

Experience saves fisherman from wrath of Haiyan

Seventy-year-old Ely combines resilience and vulnerability in the face of disaster that is typical of older people around the world.
6 Oct 2014 News briefs

Spain calls for action on disaster risk

Host Spain told the 5th annual European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction (EFDRR) today that it had a great opportunity to influence the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction.
6 Oct 2014 News briefs

Quake Mayor’s focus on elderly wins award

The European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction (EFDRR) today presented the mayor of the Spanish town of Lorca with the Damir Čemerin award for his work in caring for the elderly, and promoting disaster reduction awareness, following a devastating earthquake in 2011.
6 Oct 2014 News briefs

Towards the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction and beyond

Opening Statement by SRSG Margareta Wahlström at the 5th meeting of the European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction, Madrid, 06 October 2014, 09:15-10:00
6 Oct 2014 Statements & speeches

Mayor of Qom takes action

The Iranian City of Qom is providing a dynamic example of local leadership as consultations on the post-2015 international framework for disaster risk reduction identify the issue as a priority.
1 Oct 2014 News briefs

The Balkans Insurance challenge

Following devastating floods and landslides earlier this year affecting over one million people, a major regional insurance conference opens today in Belgrade to highlight the benefits that disaster risk financing can bring to a region where there is a growing culture of disaster risk reduction through implementation of the priorities laid out in the Hyogo Framework for Action.
1 Oct 2014 News briefs

Climate Summit boost for resilient cities

This week’s UN Climate Summit has generated commitments to raise $2 billion of in-kind and direct support for cities threatened by extreme weather events fuelled by climate change.
26 Sep 2014 News briefs

UN-convened coalition considers financial reporting rules on disaster resilience

A major initiative to examine climate risk stress testing for banking and securities regulation and accounting practices was unveiled at the UN Climate Summit in New York by public and private sector organisations working together in response to the increasing frequency and severity of extreme weather events.
24 Sep 2014 Press release

UN recognition for disaster resilience apps

Software developers from around the world were recognized today at the UN Climate Summit for their ingenuity in devising life-saving apps for use in reducing the impact of extreme weather events on cities and coastal communities.
23 Sep 2014 Press release

Floods hit as leaders gather for Climate Summit in New York

Heavy rains have caused major devastation over the weekend in the Philippines, France and Italy and may be further indications of the “new normal” that the world will have to deal with, if no accelerated action is taken to keep global warming within 2˚C.
22 Sep 2014 News briefs

Geneva passengers to check out the planet before take-off

As part of the build-up to the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan, next March, Geneva Airport is offering passengers the chance to engage with the planet through an inter-active digital globe, the Tangible Earth, developed by the Earth Literacy Programme at Kyoto University, Japan
19 Sep 2014 Press release

What Arab youth really want post-2015

One of the high points of this week’s Arab Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction came when a 19-year-old medical student took centre stage to read out a strong declaration on behalf of one of the region’s most endangered groups, children and youth.
18 Sep 2014 News briefs

Arab states seek action on drought and food security

The 19 Arab States meeting in Sharm-El-Sheikh, Egypt, this week have made a sweeping series of recommendations for inclusion in the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction which will be adopted next March in Sendai, Japan, at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction. The Sharm-El-Sheikh declaration calls for a strong focus on water and food security, the effects of climate change and extreme weather events, including drought, on dry lands and arid zones which are home to two billion people around the world.
17 Sep 2014 Press release

Agricultural drought challenges Arab world

Agricultural drought and climate change are changing the landscape of the Arab region with enormous implications for food security, rural-urban migration and social stability, an expert told the 2nd Arab Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction yesterday.
16 Sep 2014 News briefs

Make women agents for resilience

There were calls today for gender to be mainstreamed into the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction in a major debate on the role of women as change agents for resilience at the 2nd Arab Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction.
16 Sep 2014 News briefs

Arabs meet on post-2015 HFA

UNISDR Chief, Margareta Wahlström, yesterday described the post-2015 development agenda as a “once in a lifetime opportunity” when she addressed the opening day of the Second Arab Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction.
15 Sep 2014 News briefs

Sinai wants private sector flood aid

The Egyptian governorate of South Sinai yesterday advanced a proposal to raise funds from the private sector and other donors, to combat flash floods such as those which destroyed exclusive parts of the Taba Red Sea resort area on May 8 last.
15 Sep 2014 News briefs
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