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ISDR Highlights February 09

Highlights this month include new commitments from African parliamentarians to move the climate change and disaster risk reduction (DRR) agenda forward, and fresh moves from the European Commission towards a strategic DRR approach.
27 Feb 2009 Newsletter

ISDR Highlights January 09

Highlights this month include the release of the 2008 disaster figures showing a hike in economic losses, and new work in the Philippines on climate change and disaster risk reduction, instigated by special regional DRR advocate Senator Loren Legarda.
30 Jan 2009 Newsletter

Disaster deaths and economic losses jump in 2008

2008 saw a marked increase in the number of deaths and economic losses compared to the 2000-2007 yearly average, according to the Center for Research on Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED) which released the new figures today in Geneva at a joint press conference with UNISDR.
22 Jan 2009 Press release

ISDR Highlights December 08

Highlights this month include the results of the Poznań Climate Change talks, the appointment of a new Asia Pacific regional Champion for Disaster Risk Reduction, and a call by Asian Ministers for 10% of humanitarian funding to go to disaster risk reduction.
18 Dec 2008 Newsletter

New Philippines Senate climate change committee tasked with DRR

At the instigation of Senator Loren Legarda, UNISDR's regional disaster risk reduction champion for the Asia Pacific, the Philippines Senate have set up a Committee on Climate Change which will be tasked with climate and disaster risk management.
17 Dec 2008 News briefs

Preparatory Meeting for the Second Regional Platform Consultation and Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Africa Hilton Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya 1-5 December 2008

A five-day meeting was held from 1st to 5th of December in Nairobi, Kenya, - under the auspices of the African Union Commission (AUC) and with the support of the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) - bringing together the Regional Economic Communities (RECs), National Focal Points on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), non-governmental organizations (NGOs), regional technical institutions, UN agencies and the World Bank.
15 Dec 2008 News briefs

Governments agree to commit more resources to disaster risk reduction at national and local levels

4 Dec 2008 Press release

Senator Loren Legarda appointed First “champion” for disaster risk reduction

2 Dec 2008 Press release

Governments meet to discuss disaster risk reduction action plans

1 Dec 2008 Press release

ISDR Highlights November 08

Highlights this month include the appointment of Margareta Wahlström as the new UN Assistant Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, and progress on world parliamentarians and local government advocacy for disaster risk reduction.
28 Nov 2008 Newsletter

ISDR Highlights October 08

Highlights this month include a call by parliamentarians to make the Hyogo Framework legally binding, a climate change adaptation declaration by a global women's congress, and worldwide events on the International Day for Disaster Reduction.
31 Oct 2008 Newsletter

International Day for Disaster Reduction: UN rings the alarm on health cost of disasters

8 Oct 2008 Press release

The International Day for Disaster Reduction

8 October 2008 raises the profile of disaster risk reduction, and encourages every citizen and government to take part in building more resilient communities and nations.
8 Oct 2008 News briefs

ISDR System submits adaptation proposal to UNFCCC

On 29 September, the ISDR System submitted a proposal to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) secretariat in response to the Bali Action Plan’s call for enhanced action on adaptation through consideration of disaster risk reduction strategies, risk management and risk transfer mechanisms...
30 Sep 2008 News briefs

ISDR Highlights September 08

Highlights this month include Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's appeal to member states to use disaster risk reduction for climate change adaptation, and results of the African Drought Risk and Development network and Sino-Africa Forum on Drought Risk Reduction.
30 Sep 2008 Newsletter

UN Secretary-General calls on Member States to use disaster risk reduction for climate change adaptation

To help Member States find solutions to cope with climatic disasters, BAN Ki-moon, the United Nations Secretary-General, convened a ministerial meeting in New York on Monday 29th of September...
29 Sep 2008 News briefs

Adapt now to rising floodwaters says UN disaster prevention body

26 Sep 2008 Press release

Traditional knowledge can save lives when disaster strikes

19 Sep 2008 Press release

Disasters trap the poor in a vicous circle of poverty

16 Sep 2008 Press release

IPCC workshop on extreme events management accepted

The 29th session of the IPCC meeting (Geneva, 1-4 September 2008) agreed to hold a scoping workshop on the IPCC Special Report on Managing Extreme Events to Advance Adaptation proposed by Norway and the ISDR system with support from Luxembourg...
4 Sep 2008 News briefs

ISDR Highlights August 08

Highlights this month include APEC's strategic framework for disaster mitigation, a partnership between Government and academics in China in the wake of the Sichuan earthquake, and the Manila launch of the Hospitals Safe from Disasters campaign.
29 Aug 2008 Newsletter

ISDR Highlights July 08

Highlights this month include the G8+5's adopting of a climate change adaptation paper, a WHO team's plans to investigate hospital safety in the wake of the Sichuan Earthquake, and news on the Hospitals Safe from Disaster campaign in the Middle East region.
31 Jul 2008 Newsletter

First expert working group meeting for 2008-2009 World Disaster Reduction Campaign: "Hospitals Safe from Disasters"

As a follow up WHO-EMRO and UN/ISDR organized a 2 days consultation calling upon the core experts of the region to validate the assessment tool and to finalize the regional framework for implementation. This also lay the platform of coordination among different stakeholders in this massive work.
21 Jul 2008 News briefs

ECO-ISDR workshop on the Global Assessment Report for DRR,Tehran, 1-2 July 2008

The ECO-ISDR workshop on the Global Assessment Report was held in Tehran on the 1st and 2nd July 2008.This work shop was jointly organized by the UN/ISDR and ECO Secretariat in Tehran.
7 Jul 2008 News briefs

Indigenous Knowledge for Disaster Risk Reduction: Good Practices and lessons Learned from Experiences in the Asia-Pacific Region 2008

Even before we came up with high technology based early warning systems, or standard operating procedures for response, numerous local communities worldwide have prepared, operated, acted, and responded to natural disasters using indigenous methods passed on from one generation to the next.
1 Jul 2008 News briefs

ISDR Highlights June 08

Highlights this month include the UNFCCC Nairobi Work Programme asking for more input on climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction, the greenlighting of a major cost-benefit analysis of disaster risk reduction, and the launching of Senegal's national parliamentarian network on disaster risk reduction.
30 Jun 2008 Newsletter

Community Based Disaster Risk Reduction, Regional Consultative Meeting, West Asia, Middle East and North African Region

UN/ISDR, IFRC and AASTMT is arranging the First Consultative Meeting for Community Based Disaster Risk Reduction in the West Asia, Middle East and North African region.
30 Jun 2008 News briefs

ASEAN Regional Drawing Competition on Safer Community – Hospital, School and House of My Dream

Joint launch by the UN/ISDR Asia Pacific and ASEAN Secretariat of an ASEAN Regional Drawing Competition on “Safer Community – Hospital, School and House of My Dream” on the occasion of the 2008 ASEAN Day for Disaster Management & International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction, 8 October 2008.
2 Jun 2008 News briefs

ISDR Highlights May 08

Highlights this month include calls for better disaster preparedness for hospitals and schools in the wake of the Sichuan earthquake, from WHO Director-General Margaret Chan on World Health Day, and from a Pakistan conference on school safety.
30 May 2008 Newsletter

Poorly constructed buildings kill people during earthquakes

16 May 2008 Press release
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