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UNISDR debuts film festival on disaster risk reduction

Eleven short films on disaster risk reduction have been selected for competition in the first Asian Film Festival on Disaster Risk Reduction which will take place at the Fifth Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction next week in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
18 Oct 2012 Press release

Japanese experts call for gender equality

A panel of eight leading women experts meeting at the birthplace of the Hyogo Framework for Action called on UNISDR Chief, Margareta Wahlström, to exert pressure for gender equality in disaster risk reduction. The dialogue with Ms. Wahlström was part of Kobe's observance of International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction.
16 Oct 2012 News briefs

Women, girls, and disasters

Every year, more than 200 million people are affected by disasters. Many will bear the brunt of recurring floods, storms, or droughts, and the majority of them will be women and girls. Most of those affected by recurring disasters survive. In fact, in all but the poorest and most poorly run countries, deaths resulting from weather-related disasters are on the decline.
15 Oct 2012 Statements & speeches

2nd session of the African Ministerial Conference on Meteorology (AMCOMET) - Statement by Margareta Wahlström

First of all let me convey my gratitude to the Government of Zimbabwe for hosting this conference and to the organisers for their work. This event is an important step towards linking climate services to the needs of end users, mainly development actors, disaster risk managers and communities, in order to anticipate disasters and future changing climate. Climate science shall provide evidence and help inform decision makers to adapt to the expected changes and reduce related risks.
15 Oct 2012 Statements & speeches

UNISDR honors Thailand's Prime Minister

The UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, Margareta Wahlström, today honored the Prime Minister of Thailand, H.E. Yingluck Shinawatra, as a leading woman figure in disaster management.
12 Oct 2012 News briefs

UNISDR chief calls for women and girls to take lead on disaster management

The Head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, Margareta Wahlström, today marked International Day for Disaster Reduction with a call for women and girls to take leadership in disaster management in a world where disasters are on the rise.
12 Oct 2012 Press release

Women and Girls: a force for community, country and regional resilience to disasters

It is a great honour to be here with you today to celebrate jointly the ASEAN Day for Disaster Management (ADDM) and the International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR).
12 Oct 2012 Statements & speeches

Disasters fuel forced marriages

The shooting of 14-year-old schoolgirl, Malala Yousafzai, in Pakistan on Tuesday by the Taliban because of her campaigning for girls to stay at school and avoid forced early marriage provides a tragic back-drop to today's first-ever International Day of the Girl Child which focuses on these issues.
11 Oct 2012 News briefs

UNISDR declares tsunami-hit Sendai campaign role model

UNISDR today recognized Sendai, the largest city in Japan's tsunami-struck region of Tohoku, as a role model for the Making Cities Resilient Campaign for "promoting community-based disaster risk reduction and empowering people to act on disaster risk reduction."
9 Oct 2012 News briefs

Lebanon steps up media cooperation on risk reduction

UNDP and the Lebanese Government are to cooperate on developing a plan to boost media coverage on disaster risk reduction following a high-level meeting with media institutions last Friday hosted by the Minister for Information, Walid Al Daouk, and opened by UN Resident Coordinator, Robert Watkins.
8 Oct 2012 News briefs

IDDR 2012 - Putting women and girls on the map

On 13 October, the International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR) will be an occasion to pay tribute to millions of girls and women around the world who are on the frontline making their communities and societies resilient to the impacts of disasters and the effects of climate change.
5 Oct 2012 News briefs

New survey on climate change adaptation in Europe

There are strong links between climate change adaptation (CCA) and disaster risk reduction (DRR) across several European countries according to the results of a survey presented by a Working Group on Climate Change Adaptation, chaired by Norway, at the European Forum on Disaster Risk Reduction in Croatia this week.
4 Oct 2012 News briefs

UN Disaster Risk Reduction Chief visits Lao PDR

The UN disaster risk reduction chief today urged Asian and European Parliamentarians to work towards a new framework for action on disaster risk reduction that will protect more people and their assets from disasters as the current framework will end in 2015. The Hyogo Framework for Action -- Building the Resilience of Communities and Nations to Disasters came into force in 2005 for a period of 10 years.
4 Oct 2012 News briefs

UK completes first-ever HFA peer review

Details of the first-ever peer review of a country implementing the world's first agreement on disaster risk reduction, the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA), were presented today on the final day of the European Forum on Disaster Risk Reduction in Croatia.
3 Oct 2012 News briefs

Promoting Asia-European partnerships in disaster management including social mobilization

I would also like to congratulate and appreciate the National Assembly of Lao PDR for hosting this important partnership meeting among legislators from the tow regions. Disaster risk reduction including social participation is topical in both Asia and Europe as the two regions occupy positions one and three on the list of economic losses from disaster impacts.
3 Oct 2012 Statements & speeches

UNISDR announces major review of national platforms

UNISDR, the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, is implementing a key recommendation on National Platforms for Disaster Risk Reduction from the Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, "to further review how they can best support domestic decision-making and international cooperation."
2 Oct 2012 News briefs

European countries meet on international framework for disaster risk reduction

Experts from 27 European countries opened three days of discussions today in Croatia on a successor to the world's first global agreement on reducing disaster risk, the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015: Building the Resilience of Nations and Communities which expires in 2015.
1 Oct 2012 Press release

UNISDR Chief honours Croatian champion of change

The UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, Margareta Wahlström, today urged other countries to follow the example of Croatia in recognising individual efforts to raise awareness of disaster risk in their own communities.
1 Oct 2012 Press release

Does Europe need a framework for disaster risk reduction after 2015?

I am honoured to be here today with you for this 3rd meeting of the European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction, a key event to stimulate and facilitate the exchange of information and knowledge among participating National HFA Focal Points and Platforms and regional partners from the 27 countries present.
1 Oct 2012 Statements & speeches

World's Future Prosperity linked to Disaster Resilience, says New Report

A new report by UN-Habitat links the world's future prosperity to the ability of cities to reduce risk and build resilience to adverse forces of nature.
28 Sep 2012 News briefs

Asia's top business leaders establish key disaster reduction partnership

Some of Asia's most influential business leaders today agreed to adopt Business Continuity Management (BCM) as a first step towards safeguarding their businesses against disasters.
25 Sep 2012 News briefs

Governments must recognize their stock of risk - MDG Report

UNISDR chief, Margareta Wahlström, today welcomed the focus on the importance of systematic recording of disaster losses and impacts contained in the 2012 MDG Gap Task Force Report launched by the Secretary-General yesterday.
21 Sep 2012 News briefs

Pacific Platform moves on Post-HFA agreement

UNISDR Chief, Margareta Wahlström, today welcomed a major policy decision by Pacific Island States to help formulate a new international framework on disaster risk reduction to replace the current Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) in 2015.
20 Sep 2012 News briefs

Pacific Platform opens with call for change

The 4th Session of the Pacific Platform for Disaster Risk Management opened today with a strong call for Pacific Island Countries and Territories, and donors to address the challenges of climate change in a smarter way.
17 Sep 2012 News briefs

Africa must prioritize risk reduction

The top UN disaster risk reduction official on Friday urged African governments to acknowledge risk reduction as the first line of defense against the impacts of climate change.
17 Sep 2012 News briefs

14th session of the Africa Ministerial Conference on Environment - Statement by Margareta Wahlström

Disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation are central elements of sustainable development. They share common root causes and goals: reduction of the vulnerability and exposure of communities and nations. Recognizing and building linkages between them is effective and efficient development.
16 Sep 2012 Statements & speeches

Surge of support for cities campaign in Lebanon

A total of 249 municipalities from Lebanon have now officially joined the Making Cities Resilient Campaign, a global initiative led by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk reduction (UNISDR) to protect cities and vital infrastructure.
13 Sep 2012 News briefs

Guangzhou announces urban innovation awards

One of China's fastest growing cities, Guangzhou, announced yesterday at the World Urban Forum that it is joining UNISDR's Making Cities Resilient Campaign and also invited applications for the new Guangzhou International Award for Urban Innovation.
5 Sep 2012 News briefs

World Urban Forum recognises Italian support for UN Global Cities Campaign

There was a special ceremony today at the World Urban Forum to mark Italy’s strong participation in the two-year-old Making Cities Resilient Campaign with a formal signing ceremony for nine cities from the Basilicata Region and the commune of Bomporto which was severely damaged by the recent Emilia-Romagna earthquake.  
5 Sep 2012 Press release

Study identifies political leadership as No 1 issue in managing disaster risk

A new study of a major urban safety campaign launched by the UN two years ago has found that political leadership is more important than a city's wealth when it comes to protecting the lives and economic assets of cities and towns from disasters.
4 Sep 2012 Press release
The United Nations General Assembly requested UNISDR to facilitate the development of a post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction The United Nations General Assembly requested UNISDR to facilitate the development of a post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction.
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