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Mauritius tests life-saving skills in the face of air disasters

Lying in the midst of the Indian Ocean, Mauritius is keenly aware of the importance of preparing for natural and man-made hazards alike, and the island nation has been assessing its ability to save lives in the event of an air crash.

15 Sep 2016 News briefs

New Orleans acts on disaster risk awareness for the private sector

A new report issued today shows that eleven years after Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans continues to focus on trying to get its business community to improve on resilience to disasters. Less than half of survey respondents have an emergency plan in place.

12 Sep 2016 Press release

Tsunami-aware tourism in the Seychelles

Tourism is an important element of the two-day tsunami drill taking place today and tomorrow in 24 countries across the Indian Ocean. Today we report on how the Seychelles is preparing for the IOWave16 exercise.

7 Sep 2016 News briefs

India evacuates 30,000 in tsunami drill

UNISDR was on hand to observe how today's tsunami drill unfolded in the coastal village of Patisunapur in the Indian state of Odisha.

7 Sep 2016 News briefs

Seychelles media on "tsunami" alert

There are parliamentary elections in the Seychelles this week but the national media are still making it a priority to participate in a major Indian Ocean tsunami drill which gets underway tomorrow.

6 Sep 2016 News briefs

India gets tsunami-ready

India which suffered heavy losses in the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami is one of the leading players in the tsunami drill which gets underway tomorrow in 24 countries.

6 Sep 2016 News briefs

24 countries taking part in tsunami drill

World Tsunami Awareness Day will be marked for the first time this year, on November 5. This week 24 countries with exposed coastlines in the Indian Ocean are taking part in one of the largest tsunami drills ever staged.

5 Sep 2016 News briefs

UN says Hurricane Hermine is wake up call for an active hurricane season

The first hurricane to make landfall in the US State of Florida in 11 years, did so in the early hours of today heralding the beginning of the most active and dangerous phase of the Atlantic Hurricane Season.

2 Sep 2016 Press release

Italy commits to long-term earthquake preparedness

A week ago today, Italy was struck by a 6.2 earthquake which has claimed at least 292 lives. The Italian Prime Minister, Mr. Matteo Renzi, has announced that a new national earthquake preparedness plan is under preparation.

31 Aug 2016 News briefs

UN welcomes 'Casa Italia' earthquake plan

The head of UNISDR, Mr. Robert Glasser has expressed his condolences to the Italian Prime Minister, Mr. Matteo Renzi, on the loss of life in last week's earthquake and welcomed his commitment to building a culture of prevention in the earthquake-prone country.

30 Aug 2016 Press release

Africa convenes Conference on disaster risk

Details were announced today of a major conference in November where African states will review progress in implementing the Sendai Framework as 60 million people across the region continue to deal with the consequences of the impact of El Niño and other climate-related disasters.

29 Aug 2016 Press release

China National Radio takes on disaster risk

China National Radio has the largest radio listenership in the world, an audience of 700 million. A visiting delegation from the radio station met today with UNISDR and revealed plans to focus more on disaster risk reduction.

29 Aug 2016 News briefs

Scientists agree Sendai Framework priorities

The 1st Asian Science and Technology Conference has agreed eight priorities to harness the power of research and technology to support implementation of the Sendai Framework.

25 Aug 2016 News briefs

France responds to heatwaves

France has been battling heatwaves and wildfires this summer. Météo France issued an alert yesterday for 14 departments.

24 Aug 2016 News briefs

Record heat "frightening development"

"This is a critical time in the history of the planet when many look to the science and technology community for solutions and guidance;" head of UNISDR tells Asia science conference.

23 Aug 2016 News briefs

BRICS boost for Sendai Framework

Ministers for disaster management from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa concernend over growing level of disaster losses, agree to reduce disaster risk.

23 Aug 2016 News briefs

Major boost for US flood forecasting

The United States launched a new forecasting tool designed to revolutionize flood management across the country as the state of Louisiana struggles with record rains and floods.

17 Aug 2016 News briefs

USA’s worst disaster since Sandy?

The state of Louisiana is in the grip of what looks set to be the worst disaster in the United States since Superstorm Sandy four years ago, underlining the critical role of reducing risk before disaster strikes.

16 Aug 2016 News briefs

Fukushima: Reducing mortality from compound disasters

Reducing disaster mortality is the theme of this year's International Day for Disaster Reduction. The Fukushima Global Communication Programme's final report offers advice on how to reduce mortality from compound disasters.

15 Aug 2016 News briefs

Wildfires rage in a changing climate

Wildfires are a growing disaster hazard in many parts of the world. We can expect to see more of them as heatwaves and drought become more frequent and intense.

11 Aug 2016 News briefs

Mexico acts on new storm landslide risk

The Civil Protection authorities and other agencies are acting to guard against any further loss of life from fresh landslides as Mexico faces the threat of a second storm just days after 40 people lost their lives as a result of tropical storm Earl. 

9 Aug 2016 News briefs

Ebola countries implement Sendai Framework

UNISDR is working with UNDP and WHO on a project to accelerate implementation of the Sendai Framework in Ebola affected countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

8 Aug 2016 News briefs

Reducing risk is key for sustainable urbanization

Reducing the risks posed by natural and man-made hazards will be critical to keep cities around the globe on a sustainable development track, according to delegates preparing the way for the UN’s Habitat III conference on urbanization.

2 Aug 2016 News briefs

UN forges closer ties with parliamentarians

A resolution passed this week by almost 80 countries at the UN General Assembly recognizes the importance role that parliamentarians can play in advancing the 2030 Development Agenda including the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

29 Jul 2016 News briefs

Heatwave deaths could rise as climate change pushes up temperatures

UNISDR warns of a possible rise in heatwave deaths as climate change drives record warmth around the world putting the lives of vulnerable people at risk.

28 Jul 2016 Press release

Korea gives US$10 million boost to Sendai Framework implementation

The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction has signed a five-year, US$10 million agreement with the Ministry of Public Safety and Security and Incheon Metropolitan City of the Republic of Korea to support education and training for disaster risk reduction.

26 Jul 2016 Press release

ECHO supports implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction in Central Asia and South Caucasus

A new partnership between the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) will help prevent and reduce disaster risk in the Central Asia and South Caucasus (CASC) region.

25 Jul 2016 Press release

Mall giant SM Prime spotlights persons with disabilities, seniors

Key UNISDR private sector partner SM Prime Holdings, Inc., the largest mall operator and developer in the Philippines, has spotlighted the importance of including persons with disabilities and senior citizens in disaster risk reduction efforts.

22 Jul 2016 News briefs

Extreme weather the “new normal”

Extreme weather events are becoming the “new normal” and climate change is compromising people’s resilience, meaning that humanitarian action and development must be part of the same process, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Mr. Jan Eliasson has told a meeting on disaster risk reduction.

21 Jul 2016 News briefs

Reaching the poor key for disaster risk reduction

Strong leadership is critical to ensure that no one is left behind amid global efforts to achieve sustainable development by 2030, the United Nations’ top disaster risk reduction official has told a high-level global forum.

20 Jul 2016 News briefs
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