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Inclusive technology … at the Double!

It may look like a gadget to many but this robot (pictured left) is a shining example of inclusive technology for disaster risk reduction.
26 May 2017 News briefs

Vatican supports Sendai Framework implementation

For the first time, the Vatican delivered a message from the Pope at the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in Cancun, Mexico, this week.
26 May 2017 News briefs

Governments and business should engage to curb risk

Businesses and the authorities need to work hand in hand to prevent natural and human-induced from hazards sparking disasters, a top international conference has heard.

25 May 2017 News briefs

The Cancun High-Level Communiqué

Leaders’ Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction - Cancun High-Level Communiqué 'Ensuring the resilience of infrastructure and housing.'
25 May 2017 News briefs

A new milestone for risk mapping

The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction today launched a landmark interactive atlas that exposes the hidden threats posed by natural hazards in national economies and countries’ urban centres.

25 May 2017 News briefs

UN, Red Cross/Red Crescent join forces to reduce disaster deaths for women and girls

A major initiative to prevent large numbers of women and girls dying in disasters and to ensure they are included in disaster risk management was launched today at the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in Cancun, Mexico, by the United Nations and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

25 May 2017 Press release

Strategies key to Sendai progress

The 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction today urged countries and cities to develop clear, aligned, integrated and supported DRR strategies in order to move forward on the Sendai Framework.

25 May 2017 News briefs

UN Sasakawa Award honours efforts to curb disaster deaths

Efforts to reduce disaster death tolls in Portugal, Iran, Brazil and Fiji have been honoured by an international award from the United Nations and Japan’s Nippon Foundation.

25 May 2017 News briefs

Nepal nursing project wins Risk Award

A cutting-edge plan to deploy the power of technology to monitor health risks in Nepal has won an international award at the 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction.

24 May 2017 News briefs

Early warning for all

Advances in early warning systems and disaster risk awareness have saved tens of thousands of lives and hundreds of billions of dollars.

24 May 2017 News briefs

President of Mexico opens Global Platform

The Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction was inaugurated today by the President of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, as some 6,000 participants descended on the coastal town of Cancun for a series of working meetings to make progress on reducing disaster losses.

24 May 2017 News briefs

Tsunami survivor's plea for early warning

A two day Multi-Hazard Early Warning Conference is underway in Cancun, Mexico, and its recommendations will feed into the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction which opens tomorrow.

23 May 2017 News briefs

Mexico Hosts Record Gathering on Disaster Prevention

The escalation of economic losses from disasters is expected to draw a record attendance of 7,000 people at a biennial UN forum that will bring world leaders and representatives of civil society together to agree ways and means of preventing and mitigating disaster impacts.
23 May 2017 Press release

Early warning where there is no internet

Living on an island in the middle of the ocean with no internet, television or mobile phones is a real-life disaster risk nightmare for one Pacific nation. Yet, the prospect of reaching the last mile – a phrase with true meaning in this part of the world – has inspired the tiny band of disaster risk reduction policymakers and practitioners of Tuvalu to establish an early warning system to protect some of the world’s most isolated communities.
23 May 2017 News briefs

UN business group calls for resilience

A UN-backed group of companies working to curb hazard impacts has unveiled a new plan of action on the eve of the 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction.

23 May 2017 News briefs

Is leaving home the answer to climate change?

For island nations on the frontline of climate change and a swathe of natural hazards, the issue of whether communities should give up the battle and leave is never far away.

22 May 2017 News briefs

UN Disaster Resilience Scorecard to Target Cities

The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) today announced a major revision to its Disaster Resilience Scorecard designed to boost the number of cities and towns reducing their disaster losses by 2020 in line with a key global agreement.
22 May 2017 Press release

Risks to Small Island Developing States spotlighted

Dozens of the world’s most climate-vulnerable island nations today spotlighted efforts to curb threats posed by hazards and to make development sustainable, ahead of the 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction.

21 May 2017 News briefs

African countries boost risk knowledge

The island nation of Cabo Verde and landlocked Swaziland have joined 26 other countries in Africa that are implementing the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, a 15-year global agreement which seeks to save lives, reduce disaster losses and improve management of disaster risk by enhancing risk knowledge.

20 May 2017 News briefs

China reaffirms disaster risk cooperation commitment

China’s Minister of Civil Affairs has reaffirmed his country’s commitment to increasing international cooperation to address the common challenge of disasters.

16 May 2017 News briefs

UN Praises China's 1.3% GDP Limit on Disaster Losses

The United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, Mr. Robert Glasser, today marked China’s National Disaster Risk Reduction Day by expressing his condolences on the loss of at least eight lives in yesterday’s earthquake in Xinjiang Province and praising the country’s commitment to keeping economic losses at 1.3% of GDP or below.
12 May 2017 Press release

Take up the ‘noble pursuit’ of disaster risk reduction

Young researchers in China have been urged to take up the ‘noble pursuit’ of applying science and technology to save lives and protect livelihoods from disasters.

12 May 2017 News briefs

Urban disasters highlight need for resilience in Africa

Rising disasters in Africa’s cities and their links with poverty and rapid, unplanned urbanisation are ever more apparent from tragedies such as the recent rubbish dump landslide in Addis Ababa, which killed at least 113 people.

10 May 2017 News briefs

Early warning systems go global

Early warning systems and making the link between predictable weather and climate events and their impacts are critical to save lives and property when disaster looms.

8 May 2017 News briefs

Arab region sets stance for Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

Countries from across the Arab region have set out their collective stance ahead of the looming 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, following similar moves by other parts of the world.

4 May 2017 News briefs

Australia integrates climate and disaster risk

Australia estimates that its annual economic losses from disasters will triple to US$17.7 billion by 2050 as it embarks on a new initiative to integrate climate change action and disaster resilience.
27 Apr 2017 News briefs

Sweden serious about Sendai

Sweden is one of the world’s least disaster-exposed countries and over the last twenty years has had one of the lowest casualty rates anywhere in the world for events linked to natural hazards e.g. there were no reported disaster events in 2015 according to the 2016 World Disasters Report.
26 Apr 2017 News briefs

EU to play major role at Global Platform in Mexico

The EU Delegation, led by DG ECHO Commissioner Christos Stylianides, is set to play a major role at the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction next month in Cancun, Mexico.
25 Apr 2017 News briefs

How to Reduce Risk from Extreme Weather Events

A nightmare scenario for any community is to be taken by surprise in the middle of the night by a sudden disaster such as the mudslide that swept away hundreds of lives earlier this month in the Amazonian town of Mocoa in Putamayo, Colombia.
20 Apr 2017 News briefs

Mexico: Lessons from 1985 earthquake

Five years after the devastating 1985 quake which killed more than 10,000 people, Mexico equipped itself with one of the world’s most effective early warning systems for earthquakes.
18 Apr 2017 News briefs
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