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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

Urban risk and the revised HFA

The 2nd Steering Committee Meeting of the UNISDR Making Cities Resilient Campaign came to a close yesterday in the city of Salford, Greater Manchester, UK, following two days of intense discussions on how urban priorities can be accommodated in the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction.
10 Sep 2014 News briefs

UN hails Greater Manchester as a role model for total resilience

Greater Manchester today becomes the first UK city to join the UN’s Making Cities Resilient Campaign and has been recognized as a “Role Model for Total Resilience” because of its focus on implementing the Campaign’s entire ten-point checklist for building resilience to disasters.
8 Sep 2014 Press release

World Conference to include lessons from Fukushima

Rice and sake from Fukushima are part of a charm offensive currently underway by the office of the Governor of Fukushima as Japan prepares to host the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in March, 2015.
5 Sep 2014 News briefs

SIDS link climate change and disaster risk

Disaster risk reduction is at the center of a raft of commitments and actions in the outcome document officially adopted today at the conclusion of the four days of the International Conference on Small Island Developing States in Samoa. The outcome document is titled SAMOA – SIDS Accelerated Modalities of Action – Pathway.
4 Sep 2014 News briefs

SIDS call for action on climate funds

“I am not a leading expert but a leading victim in the issue of climate change. Sea level rise is already happening and what is happening in my island, it is not only a problem for all SIDS but for all of us as more than 75 per cent of the world population lives close to coastal areas,” said Anote Tong, President of Kiribati, when he opened the second Stakeholder Partnership dialogue on Climate Change and Disaster Management yesterday at the UN Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in Samoa.
3 Sep 2014 News briefs

Include animals in revised HFA

The need for animals to be included in disaster risk management planning was highlighted yesterday at the International Conference on Small Island Developing States which heard an appeal for them to be included in the revised Hyogo Framework for Action, the international framework for disaster risk reduction.
2 Sep 2014 News briefs

Private sector calls for greater connectivity for SIDS

The private sector is set to have a major impact on the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) which opened in Samoa on the 1st of September, with a strong focus on how to reduce the exposure of 52 million island dwellers to future disaster events amplified by climate change.
1 Sep 2014 News briefs

Chile disability project wins 2014 Risk Award

The Chilean town of Peňaflor is celebrating this week. A local NGO born out of the 2010 earthquake and tsunami has scooped the prestigious Risk Award at the 5th International Disaster and Risk Conference in Davos, Switzerland, which ends tomorrow.
27 Aug 2014 News briefs

UN launches survey on older people and disasters

The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) in partnership with Help Age International, today launched a survey to solicit the views of older people on how they cope with disasters. A matching attitudes survey targeting governments and other agencies on the inclusion of older people in disaster management planning has also been placed online.
22 Aug 2014 Press release

Apps for resilience deadline looms

The clock is ticking for developers to meet the Global Disaster Resilience App Challenge that is set to benefit millions of urban dwellers around the world.
21 Aug 2014 News briefs

UN Resilient Cities Campaign tops 2000

With the addition of Aguas da Prata, Brazil, 2,000 cities worldwide are now enrolled in the Global Campaign “Making Cities Resilient: My City is getting Ready!" promoted by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR). About 25% of the cities are located in the Americas, and approximately 11% (226) of all cities are situated in Brazil...

14 Aug 2014 Press release

Early warning saves lives in China earthquake

Early warning has been credited with saving the lives of several residents during this week’s earthquake in Yunnan Province.
7 Aug 2014 News briefs

Quake tragedy drives advocate for safe schools

Zara Tonoyan is passionate about her work to make Armenian schoolchildren and their classrooms safer from disaster.
6 Aug 2014 News briefs

UNISDR partners with ABU and EBU to encourage more TV productions on DRR

To celebrate its global alliance with TV broadcasters and the role they played in the past ten years to advance the disaster risk reduction agenda, the UN office for Disaster Risk Reduction is teaming up with the Asian Broadcasting Union (ABU) and the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and launching its first Disaster Risk Reduction Documentary Award.
31 Jul 2014 Press release

HFA ‘central’ to Mexico’s risk management

Next year’s World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Japan coincides with the lead-up to the 30th anniversary of the devastating 1985 Mexican earthquake, whose tragic consequences pushed the country into developing one of the world’s most effective disaster prevention and response systems.
30 Jul 2014 News briefs

HFA helps Armenia reduce risk

Armenia’s Minister of Emergency Situations has praised the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) for inspiring “significant progress” in his country’s efforts to reduce disaster risk.
23 Jul 2014 News briefs

Lives saved but typhoon losses grow

Once more, preparedness has proven its mettle. Pre-emptive evacuation saved thousands of lives as Typhoon Glenda (international name: Rammasun) unleashed its fury in the Philippines, the strongest storm to visit the country since Typhoon Haiyan wrought havoc in the central, eastern and western Visayas regions last year.
21 Jul 2014 News briefs

Finland welcomes disaster risk review

The Finnish government has officially accepted the Peer Review report on its implementation of the global blueprint for disaster risk reduction, the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) which was adopted in 2005 and is due to be renewed next year at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, in Sendai, Japan.
18 Jul 2014 News briefs

“Zero Tolerance” in Albay pays off

Governor Joey Salceda of hard-hit Albay Province, today said economic losses from Typhoon Rammasun (local name Glenda) could push over 20,000 families into poverty but many lives have been saved through early warnings and evacuations.
17 Jul 2014 News briefs
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