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Video : 2009 Global assesment report (GAR)

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1 May 2009 News briefs

Second Africa Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction Consultative Meeting, 5-7 May 2009, Nairobi, Kenya

The African Union Commission (AUC) and the secretariat of the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) have the pleasure to announce the Second Africa Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction Consultative Meeting scheduled from 5 to 7 May 2009 at the United Nations Complex in Nairobi, Kenya.
30 Apr 2009 News briefs

World Health Day 2009 focuses on safe health facilities

WHO's theme for World Health Day 2009 is "Save lives. Make hospitals safe in emergencies", reinforcing the message of the World Disaster Reduction Campaign 'Hospitals safe from disasters', being led by UNISDR, WHO and the World Bank from 2008-2009.
6 Apr 2009 News briefs

Why do people die in earthquakes? Buildings are the main killers

The 6.3-magnitude quake that struck Italy early this morning is confirmation, once again that Europe is not immune from powerful earthquakes. The intensity of the Italian earthquake was 6.3 on the Richter scale comparable to the May 2006 earthquake in Indonesia island of Java, which killed more than 5000 people in the city of Yogyakarta.
6 Apr 2009 Press release

ISDR Highlights March 09

Highlights this month include the launch of the Disaster Risk Reduction Regional Platform for the Americas, the World Water Forum's six urgent recommendations for reducing disaster risk, and this year's World Health Day focus on keeping health facilities safe during emergencies.
31 Mar 2009 Newsletter

UNFCCC summary of disaster risk workshop now available

Recommendations on climate-related hazards, and sectoral and national level planning, are available in a summary of a recent UNFCCC technical workshop on disaster risk. The workshop looked at integrating climate risk assessment and management and disaster risk reduction into national policies and programmes.
16 Mar 2009 News briefs

Meeting of the ISDR Asia Partnership (IAP), 23-24 Mar 2009 in Bangkok, Thailand

The first meeting of the IAP in 2009 will focus on preparations for the Second Session of the Global Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction, which will be held in Geneva Switzerland in June 2009.
16 Mar 2009 News briefs

Disaster statistics in Europe: Floods, droughts and storms are a major threat

"Europe suffers significantly from disasters in both human and economic terms. Among them, European Union countries have chalked up major losses due to climate related disasters in the last decades and have already faced major storms and severe winter conditions since January this year" said today the Belgian WHO collaborating Center for Research on Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED) in a joint press conference with the Secretariat of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR).
9 Mar 2009 Press release

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
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