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Africa, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP), EU and UNISDR Commit to Reducing Risk of Disasters

The Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States, whose 79 members include some of the most disaster-prone and climate-vulnerable nations in the world, have prioritised the power of international cooperation to reduce the impact of natural hazards.
21 Jun 2017 Press release

Climate change will increase fire risk

Robert Glasser, the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction expressed his deep condolences to the families affected by the devastating fires in Portugal...
20 Jun 2017 News briefs

Madagascar sees early warning and preparedness as key to cut disaster risk

Struck three months ago by a cyclone that affected 500,000 of its 24 million people, the climate-vulnerable Indian Ocean nation of Madagascar sees early warning and disaster preparedness as fundamental to its future resilience.

7 Jun 2017 News briefs

Media call for bigger disaster risk reduction role

International broadcasting federations have vowed to step up their work to spread information about disaster risk reduction to their audiences, thereby giving a critical boost to efforts by governments.

2 Jun 2017 News briefs

East Africa backs Sendai Framework implementation

Members of parliament from the six-nation East African Community have vowed to step up a drive to implement the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction in their region.

31 May 2017 News briefs

Making cinemas resilient: Cinemex shows the way

Mexico's Cinemex, one of the world’s largest movie theatre groups, has scaled up a resilience campaign with its country's national disaster prevention authorities.

30 May 2017 News briefs

Sendai Framework monitoring starts early 2018

A key plenary session at the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, in Cancun, Mexico, focussed on the Sendai Framework Monitor which is due to be launched early next year following a data readiness review involving 87 countries.

29 May 2017 News briefs

Global Platform stresses action on Sendai

The Global Platform closed today in Cancun, Mexico, with the completion of a raft of recommendations for making progress on implementation of the Sendai Framework.

27 May 2017 News briefs

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

Reducing risk means harnessing data

Data is a vital raw material if countries are to meet the aims of an international agreement on lowering hazard threats,  the 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction heard today, as a new monitoring report underscored what needs to be done.

26 May 2017 News briefs

Preserving heritage boosts disaster resilience

Cultural heritage and indigenous knowledge are key resources of community and national disaster resilience across the world. However, much of this heritage and knowledge is being lost to both sudden and slow-onset disasters, weakening the resilience capacity of future generations.

26 May 2017 News briefs

Mongolia’s Deputy PM honoured as Asia DRR Champion

The Deputy Prime Minister of Mongolia, H.E. U. Khurelsukh was today recognized as an Asian Champion for Disaster Risk Reduction at the Global Platform in Mexico. H.E. U. Khurelsukh received the award from United Nations Secretary General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction Mr Robert Glasser for his consistent passion, commitment and achievement on the issue.
26 May 2017 News briefs

Women must be central in disaster prevention

Countries around the world need to focus on women if they are to achieve the aims of a 15-year agreement to curb hazard impacts, according to delegates at the 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction.

26 May 2017 News briefs

From Ghost Town to Sue Nami: art and disaster prevention

The sound of a brass band cover of the iconic song Ghost Town and the sharp-tongued advice of human hazard Sue Nami have echoed in the packed halls of the 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, thanks to an art installation that aims to entertain and spark debate.

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
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