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Jordan takes lead on city-to-city risk reduction

Models of local-level disaster risk reduction and management, the Jordanian cities of Aqaba and Petra are leading an initiative for five fellow municipalities which have stepped up their own efforts to build resilience.

28 Apr 2015 News briefs

Nepal tragedy underlines need for greater investment in reducing risk

The Head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, Margareta Wahlström, today expressed her condolences to the government and people of Nepal on the loss of life, injuries and devastation caused by the 7.8 magnitude earthquake at the weekend.
27 Apr 2015 Press release

Nepal scrambles in aftermath of quake

Nepal was scrambling on Sunday to save the lives of people trapped in the rubble following the country's devastating earthquake, as the death toll mounted to 2,000, and the population of affected areas remained outdoors as aftershocks continued to rock the country.

26 Apr 2015 News briefs

Nepal suffers devastating earthquake

One of Asia's poorest and most disaster-prone countries, Nepal is reeling from a massive earthquake outside the capital Kathmandu which has claimed hundreds of lives.

25 Apr 2015 News briefs

Local governments lead resilience in Jordan

Municipalities are taking the lead in Jordan to help build resilience to disasters, in the wake of recurrent winter storms that have seen heavy snow, rainfall and high winds cause power cuts, road closures and flooded homes.
22 Apr 2015 News briefs

Inventions for disaster risk reduction

Inventors aiming to reduce the risk of disasters have flocked to Geneva to pitch a whole range of cutting-edge ideas, from earthquake-resistant buildings to lamps that make evacuations easier.
20 Apr 2015 News briefs

Samurai protects his people… from floods

A 16th century Samurai has left a powerful legacy on the floodplain as well as the battlefield in one of Japan’s most beautiful yet hazardous regions.
13 Apr 2015 News briefs

Urban resilience goes on-line

Disaster risk reduction has entered the exciting world of E-learning with the launch of an on-line course aimed at officials and practitioners working to strengthen urban resilience.
9 Apr 2015 News briefs

Prevention pays: Japan’s private sector leads the way

Four years on from the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan, the country’s business sector has lived up to its reputation for resilience and shown clearly why disaster preparedness is so important for recovery.
7 Apr 2015 News briefs

Pacific cyclones highlight existential threat of climate change

The head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), Margareta Wahlström, spoke today of her concerns about the future development of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in the face of extreme weather events.
2 Apr 2015 Press release

Fukushima’s fish industry yet to recover

The fishing industry along the eastern coast of Japan is still reeling from the twin earthquake and tsunami that rocked the region four years ago, demonstrating starkly how disasters can strain key economic sectors and test resilience.
31 Mar 2015 News briefs

WCDRR public forum drew crowds

A five-day event held as part of the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) turned out to be a magnet for the public, drawing thousands of people keen to share experiences of disasters such as the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, and to learn about everything from early warning systems to dry shampoo handed out in evacuation centres.
27 Mar 2015 News briefs

‘Our voice has been heard in Sendai’

The new Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction is built on inclusion and highlights the important role of children and young people as “agents of change.”
26 Mar 2015 News briefs

Historic framework adopted

eath and destruction from earthquakes, extreme weather and other hazards around the world would be decreased significantly by 2030 according to goals set today by countries meeting at the Third World Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction, which closed this evening in Sendai, Japan.
24 Mar 2015 News briefs

SRSG Margareta Wahlström's closing remarks at the WCDRR

I am honoured to be with you here today with you at the closing of the Third United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction. This has been an important journey to get here and today has been a very interesting day, and it ended extremely well. I wish to thank you for the time, energy, and thoughtfulness you put to conclude this work.
19 Mar 2015 Statements & speeches

Sendai UN World Conference hailed for accessibility

The Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (#WCDRR), is being hailed by participants as the first international meeting of its kind to provide a wide range of accessibility features for people living with disabilities.
18 Mar 2015 Press release

New study shows little prospect of reducing economic losses from disasters

Preliminary results of a catastrophe modelling study presented today at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction show little prospect of reducing economic losses from present levels of $240 billion per year.
18 Mar 2015 Press release

India to host first Asian Ministerial Conference of post-2015 era

The Government of India today announced that it will host the first Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction of the post-2015 era.
18 Mar 2015 News briefs

Inclusion builds resilience

‘Inclusion builds resilience’ is the clear message from persons with disabilities to the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction.
18 Mar 2015 News briefs

World Conference adopts new international framework for disaster risk reduction after marathon negotiations

Representatives from 187 UN member States today adopted the first major agreement of the Post-2015 development agenda, a far reaching new framework for disaster risk reduction with seven targets and four priorities for action.
18 Mar 2015 Press release

Japan and Netherlands join UNISDR in resilient cities initiative

Two countries at the forefront of global disaster risk management efforts today joined with the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) in an innovative partnership to strengthen urban resilience.
17 Mar 2015 Press release

DRR Champions ready for new challenge

UNISDR’s team of champions from around the world today outlined how they are preparing to meet the challenge of implementing the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction.
17 Mar 2015 News briefs

2015 – a year of opportunity on climate

Climate change is a clear and present danger, forcing countries to evolve their policies constantly to keep up, participants at the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction said today.
17 Mar 2015 News briefs

Model researcher wins 2015 Sasakawa Award

The Jury of the 2015 United Nations Sasakawa Award for Disaster Risk Reduction today said the work of this year’s winner – Allan Lavell – that he represents “A timeless model; a model for all times.”
17 Mar 2015 Press release

Global broadcasters push for DRR in Sendai

Four broadcasting unions whose membership spans Africa, Arab states, the Asia-Pacific region and Europe have vowed to push for greater media involvement in disaster risk reduction, given their crucial role as a conduit of information to the public.
17 Mar 2015 News briefs

Singapore aid for developing countries on new disaster risk framework

Singapore and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) will collaborate on a specialized training course for developing countries, in particular Small Island Developing States (SIDS), on the front line of climate change.
16 Mar 2015 Press release

Thai floods a turning point for private sector

A UNISDR private sector champion today called for the high standards that are typically applied to major infrastructure projects to be the benchmark for the majority of urban areas that are residential and home to small businesses.
16 Mar 2015 News briefs

Risk award to support slum dwellers in Pune

All the key drivers of risk are present in the Indian city of Pune where 25,000 people living in ten slums will benefit from a project which today won the 2015 Risk Award and a grant of €100,000 at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction.
16 Mar 2015 Press release

‘Rebuilding Sichuan’ scoops DRR film award

The documentary ‘Rebuilding Sichuan’ today scooped the top prize in the first International Awards for the Best TV Documentaries on Disaster Risk Reduction.
16 Mar 2015 News briefs

Egypt moves on slum resilience

Granting property rights to slum dwellers is a key tool for reducing the risk of disasters striking such communities, Egypt’s Minister of State for Urban Renewal and Informal Settlements Laila Rashed Iskandar said today.
16 Mar 2015 News briefs
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