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World gathers in Japan to agree on how to manage disaster risk

The world gathers this weekend in Sendai, Japan, for the third time in 21 years to agree on a new framework for managing disaster risk which will reduce mortality and economic losses.
13 Mar 2015 Press release

Sasakawa finalists ‘shape the future’

The three finalists of the 2015 United Nations Sasakawa Award for Disaster Reduction have been short-listed because “they are shaping the future, not just reshaping the past”.
12 Mar 2015 News briefs

Experts seek gender-inclusive framework for disaster risk reduction

Experts want gender to feature strongly in the final text of the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction, due to adopted at the looming Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction.
12 Mar 2015 News briefs

Japan tsunami remembered on eve of World Conference on Disaster Risk

The Head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), Margareta Wahlström, today took part in the solemn remembrance ceremony in Tokyo for all those who died in the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami which occurred on March 11, 2011.
11 Mar 2015 Press release

Ageing and risk – how to get it right

UNISDR Chief, Margareta Wahlstrom, today welcomed the publication by HelpAge International of the first “Disaster Risk and Age Index” in the build-up to the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan, 14-18 March. The Index ranks 190 countries on the disaster risk faced by older people.
11 Mar 2015 News briefs

UN Secretary-General’s breakfast of champions in Sendai

The UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, will personally welcome the former President of Finland, Ms. Tarja Halonen, as the third UN Global Champion for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) when he shares breakfast on Sunday with DRR advocates from around the world in Sendai, Japan, at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction www.wcdrr.org
10 Mar 2015 Press release

Ten-year review finds 87% of disasters climate-related

A week before world leaders and representatives of civil society gather in Sendai, Japan, for the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction said today that climate-related disasters now dominate disaster risk management.
6 Mar 2015 Press release

UN Secretary-General: World threatened by dangerous and unacceptable levels of risk from disasters

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today warned that “growing global inequality, increasing exposure to natural hazards, rapid urbanization and the overconsumption of energy and natural resources threaten to drive risk to dangerous and unpredictable levels with systemic global impacts.”
4 Mar 2015 Press release

UN recognizes Hoboken as a role model city

The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction has designated the City of Hoboken, New Jersey, USA, as a Role Model City of the Making Cities Resilient campaign for its flood risk management practices. These include plans to retain over a million gallons of stormwater runoff through green infrastructure.
3 Mar 2015 News briefs

Inclusion, coordination in focus as Sendai looms

More inclusion and better coordination are needed to boost future efforts to strengthen resilience, according to disaster risk experts from Asia and Europe.
3 Mar 2015 News briefs

Judges announce Sasakawa Award short-list

The judges of the 2015 United Nations Sasakawa Award for Disaster Reduction have today announced their final short-list of three.
3 Mar 2015 News briefs

Climate change 'like a cancer'

The Manila Call to Action on Climate Change was launched today in the Philippines by UNISDR Champion and Philippines Senator, Loren Legarda, on the occasion of the State visit by French President, Francois Hollande.
26 Feb 2015 News briefs

Japan’s private sector puts focus on resilience and risk-sensitivity as World Conference looms

More than 250 representatives from Japan’s business community have held an information-packed session to prepare for next month’s World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, which will see the adoption of a new global framework to guide risk reduction over the next decade.
24 Feb 2015 News briefs

GAR15 to seek fresh start

In 2009, four years into the life of the global blueprint for disaster risk management, the Hyogo Framework for Action, the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction launched the first Global Assessment Report for Disaster Risk Reduction, GAR09.
23 Feb 2015 News briefs

Safety first as cyclones hit Australia

The Mayor of one of the municipalities in UNISDR’s Making Cities Resilient campaign has been in the lead of preparedness efforts ahead of Cyclone Marcia which continues to lash Australia’s east coast and its hinterland.
20 Feb 2015 News briefs

UN helps Algeria strengthen disaster risk reduction

As the world gears up for the 3rd World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, the UN in Algeria is helping the Government to bolster the safety of communities, in a country that has suffered from a string of devastating earthquakes and repeated floods.
12 Feb 2015 News briefs

32 days to go before the WCDRR

Margareta Wahlström, the UN Head of the Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) met yesterday with the Prime Minister of Japan Mr. Shinzo Abe in Tokyo and discussed with him the preparations for the next UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction that will be hosted by Japan in Sendai from 14 to 18 March.
10 Feb 2015 Press release

Partnership needed to address trans-boundary disasters in Central Asia, South Caucasus

Ministers from Central Asia and the South Caucasus have called for a stronger regional approach to disaster resilience, as they step up effort to tackle the increasingly ‘trans-boundary’ nature of disaster risk.
10 Feb 2015 News briefs

Key role for health in new HFA

Efforts to finalise the successor to the world’s most encompassing framework on disaster risk reduction have taken a leap forward, with the issue of health taking it into new territory.
4 Feb 2015 News briefs

Tunisian municipalities committing to resilience

Municipalities from across Tunisia have stepped up their commitment to make themselves resilient in the face of disaster risk, spurred by Ain Draham, which two years ago was the first community in the North African country to join UNISDR’s Making Cities Resilient campaign.
30 Jan 2015 News briefs

Disaster risk reduction and science should be core of sustainable development, experts say

With fewer than 50 days to go before the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction top scientists have called on governments to put evidence-based disaster risk reduction at the heart of their strategies for sustainable development.
30 Jan 2015 News briefs

Floods and poverty collide in Malawi

Lashed by torrential rains, Malawi and neighbouring countries are in the grip of a major flood crisis, with scores of lives lost, and over 600,000 displaced in Malawi alone.
28 Jan 2015 News briefs

Potenza becomes role model for resilience

POTENZA, 26 January 2015 - The Italian Province of Potenza was recognized at the weekend as a role model for inclusive resilience by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction for its unique network of 100 cities which are all enrolled in the Making Cities Resilient Campaign.
26 Jan 2015 News briefs

The Year of Resilience

Ten years ago this month, representatives from 168 United Nations member states met in Kobe, the capital of Japan’s Hyogo Prefecture, to decide how to manage risk better in the wake of the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami, which claimed more than 227,000 lives. Over five days, which included the anniversary of the 1995 Kobe earthquake, they crafted the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA), composed of a raft of measures designed to “reduce the losses in lives and social, economic, and environmental assets of communities and countries.”
22 Jan 2015 Statements & speeches

UN Secretary-General marks 10th Anniversary of Hyogo Framework for Action

Ten years ago today, just four weeks after the Indian Ocean Tsunami claimed over 227,000 lives, representatives of 168 member UN states meeting in Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan, adopted a global plan for managing disaster risk: the Hyogo Framework for Action (2005-2015): Building the Resilience of Nations and Communities to Disasters.
22 Jan 2015 Press release

GEM’S OpenQuake platform launched

The GEM Foundation today launched OpenQuake, a web-based platform which allows access to a wide variety of sources on earthquakes, enabling cutting-edge risk assessment and the sharing of information with a broad community. It is the fruit of an open source collaboration by over 300 experts across the world.
21 Jan 2015 News briefs

Kobe’s message to Sendai

Of the many milestones on the “Road to Sendai,” the Kobe earthquake stands out. The learning from the 1995 Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake remains relevant today as governments from around the world prepare to meet in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in March.
20 Jan 2015 News briefs

Kobe 'shall never be forgotten'

A firm resolve to build a more resilient future in honour of those who lost their lives in the Kobe earthquake 20 years ago was evident amid the sombre services of remembrance over the weekend.
19 Jan 2015 News briefs

Seismic risk and the 20th anniversary of the Kobe earthquake

The Head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), Margareta Wahlström, today congratulated the Japanese people and government for their steadfast remembrance of the 6,434 people who lost their lives on 17 January 1995, when the Great Hanshin Awaji Earthquake struck at 5.46 a.m. local time
16 Jan 2015 Press release

African youth commit to reduce disaster risks

African youth leaders are taking action to make their communities better informed and prepared to reduce their exposure to the effects of disasters.
15 Jan 2015 News briefs
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