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Blocked roads hamper access to flood areas in El Salvador

The UN has issued a flash appeal for US$15.7 million to provide emergency assistance to El Salvador which has now been pounded by heavy rains and floods since 10 October.
26 Oct 2011 News briefs

Current efforts to mitigate climate change fall short of reaching vital goal, UN warns

International efforts to mitigate climate change are insufficient to meet the goal of keeping global warming to below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, a United Nations report warned, just a month before a major conference on the issue is held in Durban, South Africa.
25 Oct 2011 News briefs

Turkish earthquake puts building practices in the spotlight says UNISDR

The tragic loss of life in yesterday’s earthquake in the Ercis region of Turkey and the reported collapse of almost 1,000 buildings underlines the importance of providing the right incentives and information to builders and owners in the world’s most dangerous earthquake zones, says UNISDR, the UN office for disaster reduction.
24 Oct 2011 Press release

Japanese students announce a ‘Youth Declaration’ to revitalize Tohuku region

Four student representatives from Kobe University, Bukkyo University and Tohuku University announced a ‘Youth Declaration’ during United Nations Day celebrations in Sendai City to highlight the commitment and active participation of youth in building disaster resilient communities.
24 Oct 2011 News briefs

Egypt celebrates the International Day for Disaster Reduction side by side with children and youth

UNISDR, the UN's disaster risk reduction office, in Egypt joined events around the world to celebrate the International Day for Disaster Reduction, 13 October, with the theme of recognizing the role of children and young people as partners in disaster risk reduction.
23 Oct 2011 News briefs

Lebanon puts army and civil service on front line of risk reduction

UNISDR Chief, Margareta Wahlström, today welcomed the news that both the Lebanese Army and the National Institute of Administration, the country’s civil service, are to make disaster risk reduction a core element of staff training.
21 Oct 2011 Press release

Many children dying and jobs being lost in Asian floods says UNISDR

The floods which have affected eight million people across South East Asia, and which now threaten Bangkok, have underlined shortcomings in disaster risk reduction with many children drowning because they cannot swim, and thousands of workers now unemployed because of poorly located manufacturing plants, the Head of the UN’s Bangkok Office for Disaster Reduction, UNISDR, Jerry Velasquez said today.
21 Oct 2011 Press release

Lebanon acts to scale up disaster reduction

One of the world’s most earthquake-prone and heavily urbanized countries, Lebanon, is bringing together 96 mayors and other leaders from over 80 cities and municipalities for two days this week to discuss progress on disaster risk reduction across a wide range of threats.
20 Oct 2011 News briefs

Bangkok now facing record floods

Earlier today, Thailand’s Prime Minister, Yingluck Shinawatra, said it was impossible to protect all of Bangkok from the worst floods in decades, describing the situation as a national crisis.
20 Oct 2011 News briefs

Cape Town: What it takes to be a role model city

On 12 October, following the launch of its Disaster Risk Management Centre (DRMC), Cape Town joined 14 other cities around the world who have been awarded ‘Role Model City’ status by UNISDR, the UN office for disaster risk reduction.
19 Oct 2011 News briefs

How to better communicate disaster risk reduction

Some of the biggest media houses in the world from the Times of India to the Philippines Daily Inquirer to Caracol Television in Colombia have now participated in media training on disaster risk reduction organized by UNISDR, the United Nations office for disaster reduction, with the support of ECHO, the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid branch.
18 Oct 2011 News briefs

Government of Myanmar to adopt disaster risk reduction plan

The new Government of Myanmar intends to adopt the disaster risk reduction plan that was drawn up after Cyclone Nargis two years ago following a series of meetings with the UN Secretary General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, Margareta Wahlström.
18 Oct 2011 Press release

Saijo City Japan 'Steps Up' with school disaster risk reduction education programme

Recognizing the importance of risk reduction, the Japanese city of Saijo expanded their disaster risk reduction (DRR) education program to train children and young people to be future leaders in DRR. The program, which now trains students older than twelve-years old, was launched as part of the International Day for Disaster Reduction celebrations in the city.
17 Oct 2011 News briefs

Floods reveal risk reduction gaps in Thailand

The annual monsoon season in South East Asia continues to wreak havoc on lives and economies across many parts of the region with Thailand reportedly suffering from the worst floods in 50 years.
17 Oct 2011 News briefs

Children's Charter for DRR: South Africa budgets for safe schools

South Africa’s Western Cape Provincial Government announced this week that it was increasing the budget allocation for safe schools from Rand 19 million to Rand 21 million and is taking steps to incorporate disaster risk reduction into the school curriculum.
14 Oct 2011 News briefs

Risk Reduction the World Over

Some 80 plus countries commemorated the UN International Disaster Reduction Day (IDDR 11) yesterday. “This welcome groundswell of support concretely demonstrates the growing importance and awareness of risk reduction around the world,” said UNISDR Chief Margareta Wahlström today.
14 Oct 2011 News briefs

Strong commitment to disaster risk reduction in Myanmar

Myanmar, a country prone to natural hazards, has shown positive progress in the areas of early warning, emergency preparedness and responses in recent years. Now, the Government is stepping up cooperation with global and regional partners to reach its long-term target of becoming a disaster resilient country.
14 Oct 2011 News briefs

Message for the International Day for Disaster Reduction by Margareta Wahlström

This year on International Disaster Reduction Day, UNISDR and its partners invite children and young people to “Step Up for Disaster Risk Reduction” as the group of people most affected by disasters worldwide.
13 Oct 2011 Statements & speeches

UNISDR says the young are the largest group affected by disasters

The UN office for disaster risk reduction, UNISDR, today marked International Disaster Reduction Day with a call for children and young people to be empowered and engaged in disaster risk reduction as the group most affected by disasters each year.
13 Oct 2011 Press release

UN Secretary-General's Message on the International Day for Disaster Reduction 2011 (Japanese Version)

国際防災の日(10月13日)国連事務総長メッセージの日本語版です。
13 Oct 2011 News briefs

Children’s Charter for DRR: Risk Reduction on Film

In Vietnam, adults cried as they watched the short film children in their community made about the flash flood that devastated their homes.
13 Oct 2011 News briefs

Children and Young People in the Pacific "Step up for Disaster Risk Reduction!"

The UNISDR Sub-Regional Office in Suva together with its partners, held a Pacific regional celebration of the International Day for Disaster Reduction to highlight the role of children and youth as active partners in disaster risk reduction.
13 Oct 2011 News briefs

UNISDR head visits Myanmar to discuss action plan for disaster reduction

The Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Disaster Risk Reduction, Margareta Wahlström, arrived in Myanmar today at the invitation of the government, on a three-day visit during which she will engage with senior Government Ministers on a national action plan for disaster risk reduction and a Disaster Management Law.
12 Oct 2011 Press release

Children’s Charter for DRR – Prioritize Child Protection

“Build bridges because every year children miss school in the rainy season when they have to cross gullies, rivers and water channels huge enough to drown them,” a child from Lesotho told the recently launched Children’s Charter on Disaster Risk Reduction.
12 Oct 2011 News briefs

Bangkok Prepares for the Worst

Bangkok which has so far been spared the heavy flooding affecting one third of Thailand is currently preparing for the worst case scenario.
12 Oct 2011 News briefs

Young people volunteer to get Japan back on its feet

Every morning from 17-24 September, Kobe University student Erick Gonzales picks up his badge, his assignment and tools for the day, and is transported inside the coastal city of Ofunato to help the city clean up and recover from the damage caused by the 11 March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake.
11 Oct 2011 News briefs

Vulnerability to Natural Hazards Rising Rapidly in Europe

Vulnerability to natural hazards is rapidly on the increase in Europe, UNISDR Chief, Margareta Wahlström, told the Second Annual European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction (EFDRR) yesterday in Skopje, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
11 Oct 2011 News briefs

Children's Charter for DRR: Protecting your village

When the annual monsoon rains come, 14-year-old Atik worries. As the deputy chief of the children’s council in her home village of Dowan, in Indonesia’s Central Java province she knows,” When it rains heavily for hours, it seems that soil in some parts of this village will shift and cause a landslide.”
11 Oct 2011 News briefs

Major Pakistan Cities Join UNISDR ‘Resilient Cities’ Campaign

More than 30 cities across seven provinces in Pakistan signed up to the UNISDR World Disaster Reduction Campaign Making Cities Resilient on Saturday though many of them are still under water or recovering from heavy floods.
10 Oct 2011 News briefs

Action as Water Runs Out in Tuvalu

Amidst growing concerns about drought crises in some of the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) of the Pacific, the Government of Tuvalu today began a three-week nationwide needs assessment of water, agriculture and health facilities.
10 Oct 2011 News briefs
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