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Local governments core of risk reduction

Local governments are key players in disaster risk reduction and sustainability, and need the financial muscle to tackle threats posed by natural and man-made hazards, according to participants at the Third International Conference on Financing for Development.

15 Jul 2015 News briefs

Break down barriers to tackle disaster risk

Breaking down the barriers between financial decision-makers and the development sector and rethinking how risk is reflected by the markets are crucial to tackle the threat of disasters, delegates at a high-level international conference said today.

15 Jul 2015 News briefs

Major EU boost for disaster risk management In Africa

Details of an €80 million package of support from the European Union to disaster risk management across sub-Saharan Africa over the next five years, were unveiled today at the Third International Conference on Financing for Development.

14 Jul 2015 Press release

Africa disaster reduction fund is major new step

An €80-million package of funds from the European Union to support disaster risk management across Sub-Saharan Africa was unveiled today at the Third International Conference on Financing for Development, winning praise for its potential impact.

14 Jul 2015 News briefs

Argentina launches new disability-aware DRR plan

Argentina has rolled out a new plan to ensure that the interests of people with disabilities are part of its efforts to tackle disaster risk, an inclusive approach that reflects the goals of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.
9 Jul 2015 News briefs

Sendai monitoring can support SDGs

As this September’s anticipated UN Summit to adopt the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) draws near, intergovernmental discussions in New York are focusing on how their implementation will be measured and tracked.
8 Jul 2015 News briefs

Tourism sector embraces Sendai Framework

An industry which is literally on the front line of disaster and climate risk is emerging as a leader in efforts to strengthen resilience in one of Viet Nam’s prime tourist destinations.
6 Jul 2015 News briefs

Senior Italian official named DRR champion

The former leader of the Italian Civil Protection Department was today named a Disaster Risk Reduction Champion by UNISDR in recognition of his tireless efforts to deal with the threats posed by hazards such as the devastating Abruzzo earthquake of 2009.

3 Jul 2015 News briefs

Africa meets to align with Sendai Framework

Known to many as little Africa, Cameroon is home to many natural hazards such as volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, landslides, desertification, epidemics, lake eruptions and frequent flooding.
2 Jul 2015 News briefs

Indonesian President to focus on urban resilience

The President of Indonesia, Mr. Joko Widodo, plans to launch a National Disaster Risk Reduction Movement in October this year that will include a focus on urban areas of the vast country which is exposed to a wide range of natural and man-made hazards.

1 Jul 2015 News briefs

Social workers key players in DRR

Social workers can play a crucial part in helping to reduce the risk of disasters thanks to their role in the communities of which they are themselves members, Margareta Wahlström, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction said here today.

30 Jun 2015 News briefs

Comics power DRR in Nicaragua

Volunteers in Nicaragua are deploying the graphic power of comics to spread the message that disasters are not natural but a result of the collective failure of communities to cope with hazards.
29 Jun 2015 News briefs

East Africa to boost risk governance

Like much of the continent, East Africa is frequently exposed to natural threats such as floods, droughts and landslides, as well as epidemics and man-made hazards, of all which affect livelihoods and development across the region.

26 Jun 2015 News briefs

Thailand adopts Sendai Framework

The government of Thailand today announced details of a new five-year national disaster prevention and mitigation plan which incorporates the priorities for action of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

25 Jun 2015 News briefs

Sendai Framework means sustainable development

Disaster risk reduction needs to be a key component of development in order to secure sustainable results, UNISDR’s head Ms. Margareta Wahlström told a key meeting in Central America, one the most climate-vulnerable regions in the world.
24 Jun 2015 News briefs

Looking for a clean air revolution

When it comes to quick wins on reducing deaths from man-made hazards, improving the quality of the air that we breathe would be a good start.
23 Jun 2015 News briefs

New Zealand strong on Sendai Framework

New Zealand has signalled its strong commitment to adopt a ‘whole of society approach’ to implement the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.
20 Jun 2015 News briefs

Bangladesh forges ahead on recovery

Bangladesh, one of the most hazard-prone and climate-vulnerable countries in the world, is widely recognised as a leader in tackling the threat of disasters. Policymakers and practitioners in the South Asian nation are ramping up their efforts to make their country even more resilient as they move to implement the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

19 Jun 2015 News briefs

Viet Nam embraces Sendai Framework call for partnership

The Sendai Framework identifies partnership with the private sector as a vital element in global efforts to reduce disaster risk. This strategic and inclusive approach is already a reality in hazard-prone Da Nang, on Viet Nam’s Central Coast.

18 Jun 2015 News briefs

Development financing must be risk-informed

World leaders will gather in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, next month to focus on the issue of global development financing. The Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD3) is another key milestone in the post-2015 development agenda aimed at reducing extreme poverty by 2030.
17 Jun 2015 News briefs

Central America steps up for Sendai Framework

Central American countries are driving forward to implement the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, a global pact which focuses strongly on regional cooperation and the incorporation of integrated disaster risk management within existing national development priorities and policies.
17 Jun 2015 News briefs

Floods catch zoo unprepared

The flood tragedy that has rocked Tbilisi, killing at least 15 people, is symbolised by the death or escape of hundreds of animals from the Georgian capital’s zoo, throwing the spotlight squarely on what needs to be done to protect such sites.

15 Jun 2015 News briefs

India’s heatwave a lesson for Sendai Framework

India’s deadly heatwave shows that countries need to switch from disaster management to managing the risks, in line with the new Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, according to one of the country’s leading experts on development.

12 Jun 2015 News briefs

Breaking down barriers

Speech of SRSG Margareta Wahlström, 11 of June 2015, on the 6th meeting of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Conference of States Parties, Eighth session
12 Jun 2015 News briefs

Sendai Framework takes root in Central Asia

Those who doubt that the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction translates into a useful policy document at the grassroots level should take a trip to Karakol, in North-eastern Kyrgyzstan, and spend some time with the city’s Mayor Ryskul Urkalyevich Kalygulov.
11 Jun 2015 News briefs

Cholera highlights urban risk factors

A cholera outbreak in Kenya that is concentrated in the informal settlements shows how entrenched poverty can combine with poor urban planning to breed disasters.
10 Jun 2015 News briefs

Funding boost for Caribbean DRR

Moves to implement the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction have received a boost from international funding to help Caribbean governments achieve the goal of making communities more resilient in the face of natural hazards.
9 Jun 2015 News briefs

Asia meets to implement Sendai Framework

Seventeen of the world’s most disaster-prone countries are meeting this week in Bangkok to discuss how to press forward with implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction across Asia.
4 Jun 2015 News briefs

UN General Assembly endorses global disaster risk plan

The head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, Margareta Wahlström, today welcomed the UN General Assembly’s endorsement of a new global plan to reduce deaths and injuries, the numbers of people affected and economic losses arising from disasters.
4 Jun 2015 Press release

Women's leadership in disaster risk reduction

I wish to thank UNITAR for launching this new “Women's Leadership Programme" and for organising this session on the leading role of women in the context of weather and climate change discussions, which is also linked to a stronger role of women in disaster risk reduction.
3 Jun 2015 Statements & speeches
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