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Risk Award will honour hi-tech plan to beat disasters

Three cutting-edge plans to harness the power of technology and curb the threats posed by hazards such as floods and epidemics have been shortlisted for an international award that will be presented at the 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction.

15 Feb 2017 News briefs

Central Africa spurs disaster risk reduction

Collective action by regional organisations is a key means to help countries reduce their risk of disasters, and the Economic Community of Central African States is stepping up its efforts to rein in the impact of hazards amid rising pressure from climate change.

13 Feb 2017 News briefs

Major increase in Sweden's funding for disaster risk reduction

The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction today welcomes a substantial increase in funding from Sweden for its efforts to curb the impact of natural and human-induced hazards.

9 Feb 2017 Press release

Disaster-prone Philippines steps up urban resilience

The Philippines, one of the most disaster risk-prone nations in the world, is stepping up efforts to ensure that its communities can withstand natural and human-induced hazards.

8 Feb 2017 News briefs

Mexico Platform to review Sendai implementation

The world will meet in Mexico next May to discuss progress in disaster risk reduction for the first time since the Sendai Framework was adopted in March 2015, at a UN World Conference in Sendai, Japan.

7 Feb 2017 News briefs

Chile’s fires: reaching everyone

In the midst of Chile’s worst forest fires in five decades, award-winning local campaigners have spotlighted the need to ensure that people with disabilities are not forgotten in emergency operations and disaster risk reduction.

6 Feb 2017 News briefs

How can the world reduce disaster losses for the poor?

The latest research findings on economic losses from disasters explain why this issue has emerged as the major concern for governments preparing for a global conference on disaster losses which will be hosted by the Mexican government in Cancun, from May 22 to 26.

3 Feb 2017 Statements & speeches

Sendai indicators 'only the beginning'

There was resounding support yesterday in the UN General Assembly for a resolution which saw indicators adopted for measuring global progress on reducing disaster losses and a revision of terminology related to disaster risk reduction.

3 Feb 2017 News briefs

Protect wetlands to reduce disaster risk

Sites such as mangroves, coral reefs, flood plains or peat marshes are natural buffers against weather hazards including storms and floods, according to experts marking this year’s World Wetlands Day.

2 Feb 2017 News briefs

UN backs accountability on disaster losses

The United Nations General Assembly today adopted a resolution containing indicators for measuring global progress in reducing disaster losses.

2 Feb 2017 Press release

Russia joins Making Cities Resilient campaign

Russia’s oldest city and another that will host matches in the 2018 football World Cup are among the first six communities in the Russian Federation to join UNISDR’s Making Cities Resilient campaign.

27 Jan 2017 News briefs

Tackling disaster reduces risk of conflict

The new UN Secretary-General, Mr. António Guterres, has not wasted any time in highlighting the importance of disaster risk reduction for promoting peace and stability.

26 Jan 2017 Statements & speeches

Reducing disaster risk helps tackle hunger in Latin America and the Caribbean

More than 34 million people in Latin America and the Caribbean still suffer from hunger, but the region is boosting its ability to make agriculture sustainable and ensure food security by curbing disaster risk.

20 Jan 2017 News briefs

Caribbean steps up earthquake risk reduction

Seven years on from the devastating earthquake in Haiti, countries from across the Caribbean are working hard to reduce the risks posed by seismic threats, as part of their wider drive towards sustainable development.

16 Jan 2017 News briefs

Global Platform host Mexico is icon of risk management

UNISDR chief Mr. Robert Glasser has hailed 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction host Mexico as a shining example of how to manage the threats posed by hazards.

12 Jan 2017 News briefs

Training trainers to curb disaster risk

Dozens of disaster risk management professionals from across the Americas have been schooled in how to pass on planning skills, thanks to a programme run by UNISDR’s Global Education and Training Institute.

29 Dec 2016 News briefs

Risk in focus at model UN

Hundreds of university students from around the world have set their sights on reducing the risk of disasters, during the first-ever edition in Japan of the National Model United Nations.

28 Dec 2016 News briefs

Chile boost for business resilience

Businesses in Chile have come together to form the latest national chapter of UNISDR’s Private Sector Alliance for Disaster Resilient Societies.

27 Dec 2016 News briefs

Mercocities focus on building resilience

A network of hundreds of cities across South America has pledged to step up regional efforts to reduce disaster risk and boost sustainable development.

22 Dec 2016 News briefs

Harnessing hi-tech to reduce risk

Hi-tech tools are a powerful means to reduce the impacts of hazards and enable communities to recover faster if disaster strikes, experts at an international risk and development conference said this week.

16 Dec 2016 News briefs

Bridging the 'last mile' in risk awareness

Countries around the world need to bridge gaps in public understanding of disaster risk, otherwise they will keep facing human and economic blows, according to experts at an international conference.

13 Dec 2016 News briefs

Buenos Aires joins resilient cities network

Argentina’s Buenos Aires province has joined UNISDR’s Making Cities Resilient campaign, marking an important step in efforts to protect its population of almost 17 million people from natural and human-induced hazards.

12 Dec 2016 News briefs

Italy boosts business resilience

Italy’s Confindustria business umbrella body and the country’s Civil Protection Department have signed a five-year deal to enhance the resilience of companies and reduce the risk of disasters.

9 Dec 2016 News briefs

Peru harnesses private sector for resilience

Peru is harnessing the power of business to reduce the impacts of natural and human-induced hazards, thanks to the creation of a national chapter of the UNISDR Private Sector Alliance for Disaster Resilient Societies.

8 Dec 2016 News briefs

At tsunami summit, high school students commit to curb risk

Hundreds of high school students from around the world have pledged to step up efforts to reduce disaster risk, at a global gathering held to mark the first edition of World Tsunami Awareness Day.

1 Dec 2016 News briefs

Working mum makes Africa Platform

The Africa Regional Platform has proved to be child-friendly for one working mother, Ms. Oumie Sissokho, Director of Operations with National Disaster Management Agency of the Gambia.

25 Nov 2016 News briefs

Growing tsunami awareness in Africa

A special event was held yesterday at the Africa Regional Platform to mark the introduction of World Tsunami Awareness Day to the international calendar.

25 Nov 2016 News briefs

Africa backs action on Sendai

Africa's 5th High Level Meeting on Disaster Risk Reduction was attended by representatives from 47 countries today and agreed a programme of action to implement the Sendai Framework.

25 Nov 2016 News briefs

Africa speaks with one voice on DRR

The 6th Africa Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction closed today with comments on a draft Programme of Action for implementation of the Sendai Framework which will be considered tomorrow by a Ministerial level meeting.
24 Nov 2016 News briefs

UNISDR hails The Economist Intelligence Unit's move on disaster risk analysis

The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) welcomes a move by The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) to add the threats posed by natural and human-induced hazards to its widely-respected country analyses.

23 Nov 2016 Press release
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