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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

Vanuatu President fears the worst

In an irony of ironies, the President of Vanuatu, Baldwin Lonsdale, has found himself stranded at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction along with some of the country’s top disaster management officials while a state of emergency has been declared back home.
15 Mar 2015 News briefs

Japan provides early warning example

Early warning systems have a proven track record of saving lives but even the most technically impressive systems “are useless” if people are not reached or do not understand the warning.
15 Mar 2015 News briefs

UN SG meets with global champions

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon paid tribute today to a group of former and serving politicians who are championing disaster risk reduction and thereby striving to save lives and prevent economic losses.
15 Mar 2015 News briefs

Vanuatu President appeals for international assistance at World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction

The President of the Republic of Vanuatu, H.E. Baldwin Lonsdale, today appealed from the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan, for international support in anticipation of large-scale needs for his island nation following a direct hit from Category 5 Cyclone Pam over the weekend.
15 Mar 2015 Press release

Health ‘a must for HFA2’

The Mayor of Christchurch today said that inclusion of health “is an absolute minimum requirement” for the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction.
15 Mar 2015 News briefs

Japan launches US$4 billion Sendai Cooperation Initiative as Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction opens

The Japanese Prime Minister, Mr. Shinzo Abe, today pledged $US 4 billion to support implementation of the “Sendai Cooperation Initiative for Disaster Risk Reduction” over the next four years.
14 Mar 2015 Press release

UN Secretary-General calls for massive investment in disaster risk reduction

The UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, today opened the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, stating that annual economic losses now exceed US$ 300 billion annually.
14 Mar 2015 Press release

Japan backs women’s leadership in DRR

Japanese Prime Minister, Mr. Shinzo Abe today announced that boosting women’s leadership in disaster risk reduction would be a key element of the country’s new programme of international support.
14 Mar 2015 News briefs

Vanuatu tragedy marks WCDRR opening

The opening day of the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction was marked today by a stark reminder that disaster risk management is a matter of life and death.
14 Mar 2015 News briefs

Turkey’s promise on school safety

Turkey has vowed to make all 80,000 of the country’s schools disaster-proof by 2018, senior officials told the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction today.
14 Mar 2015 News briefs

ISO standard to disaster-proof cities announced at UN conference

The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) today agreed to help pioneer a new ISO Standard in 45 cities already recognized for their commitment to keeping their citizens safe from a range of natural hazards including floods, storms and earthquakes.
13 Mar 2015 Press release

IPU President calls for a success in Sendai

The President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) today emphasized the importance of “a good start here in Sendai” as the world gears up for what he called “the year for sustainable development.”
13 Mar 2015 News briefs

World gathers in Japan to agree on how to manage disaster risk

The world gathers this weekend in Sendai, Japan, for the third time in 21 years to agree on a new framework for managing disaster risk which will reduce mortality and economic losses.
13 Mar 2015 Press release

Sasakawa finalists ‘shape the future’

The three finalists of the 2015 United Nations Sasakawa Award for Disaster Reduction have been short-listed because “they are shaping the future, not just reshaping the past”.
12 Mar 2015 News briefs

Experts seek gender-inclusive framework for disaster risk reduction

Experts want gender to feature strongly in the final text of the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction, due to adopted at the looming Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction.
12 Mar 2015 News briefs

Japan tsunami remembered on eve of World Conference on Disaster Risk

The Head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), Margareta Wahlström, today took part in the solemn remembrance ceremony in Tokyo for all those who died in the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami which occurred on March 11, 2011.
11 Mar 2015 Press release

Ageing and risk – how to get it right

UNISDR Chief, Margareta Wahlstrom, today welcomed the publication by HelpAge International of the first “Disaster Risk and Age Index” in the build-up to the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan, 14-18 March. The Index ranks 190 countries on the disaster risk faced by older people.
11 Mar 2015 News briefs
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