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Bangladesh forges ahead on recovery

Bangladesh, one of the most hazard-prone and climate-vulnerable countries in the world, is widely recognised as a leader in tackling the threat of disasters. Policymakers and practitioners in the South Asian nation are ramping up their efforts to make their country even more resilient as they move to implement the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

19 Jun 2015 News briefs

Viet Nam embraces Sendai Framework call for partnership

The Sendai Framework identifies partnership with the private sector as a vital element in global efforts to reduce disaster risk. This strategic and inclusive approach is already a reality in hazard-prone Da Nang, on Viet Nam’s Central Coast.

18 Jun 2015 News briefs

Development financing must be risk-informed

World leaders will gather in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, next month to focus on the issue of global development financing. The Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD3) is another key milestone in the post-2015 development agenda aimed at reducing extreme poverty by 2030.
17 Jun 2015 News briefs

Central America steps up for Sendai Framework

Central American countries are driving forward to implement the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, a global pact which focuses strongly on regional cooperation and the incorporation of integrated disaster risk management within existing national development priorities and policies.
17 Jun 2015 News briefs

Floods catch zoo unprepared

The flood tragedy that has rocked Tbilisi, killing at least 15 people, is symbolised by the death or escape of hundreds of animals from the Georgian capital’s zoo, throwing the spotlight squarely on what needs to be done to protect such sites.

15 Jun 2015 News briefs

India’s heatwave a lesson for Sendai Framework

India’s deadly heatwave shows that countries need to switch from disaster management to managing the risks, in line with the new Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, according to one of the country’s leading experts on development.

12 Jun 2015 News briefs

Breaking down barriers

Speech of SRSG Margareta Wahlström, 11 of June 2015, on the 6th meeting of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Conference of States Parties, Eighth session
12 Jun 2015 News briefs

Sendai Framework takes root in Central Asia

Those who doubt that the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction translates into a useful policy document at the grassroots level should take a trip to Karakol, in North-eastern Kyrgyzstan, and spend some time with the city’s Mayor Ryskul Urkalyevich Kalygulov.
11 Jun 2015 News briefs

Cholera highlights urban risk factors

A cholera outbreak in Kenya that is concentrated in the informal settlements shows how entrenched poverty can combine with poor urban planning to breed disasters.
10 Jun 2015 News briefs

Funding boost for Caribbean DRR

Moves to implement the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction have received a boost from international funding to help Caribbean governments achieve the goal of making communities more resilient in the face of natural hazards.
9 Jun 2015 News briefs

Asia meets to implement Sendai Framework

Seventeen of the world’s most disaster-prone countries are meeting this week in Bangkok to discuss how to press forward with implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction across Asia.
4 Jun 2015 News briefs

UN General Assembly endorses global disaster risk plan

The head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, Margareta Wahlström, today welcomed the UN General Assembly’s endorsement of a new global plan to reduce deaths and injuries, the numbers of people affected and economic losses arising from disasters.
4 Jun 2015 Press release

Women's leadership in disaster risk reduction

I wish to thank UNITAR for launching this new “Women's Leadership Programme" and for organising this session on the leading role of women in the context of weather and climate change discussions, which is also linked to a stronger role of women in disaster risk reduction.
3 Jun 2015 Statements & speeches

Algeria embraces Sendai Framework

Earthquake-prone Algeria offers a case study of how legislation and commitment can help build resilience, as it prepares to implement the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

3 Jun 2015 News briefs

Early warning must make sense

Ensuring weather warnings make sense to the general public will be a key way to help implement a global pact on disaster risk reduction, participants at the World Meteorological Organization’s top forum heard today.

28 May 2015 News briefs

Sendai Framework is key: Latin America, Caribbean

Latin American and Caribbean countries have etched the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction into a regional declaration that sets out their common position ahead of a key United Nations humanitarian summit next year.

26 May 2015 News briefs

European research network maps Sendai Framework

A disaster resilience education and research Roadmap for Europe 2030 has been launched in response to the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, which was adopted by the international community in March.

22 May 2015 News briefs

Le Cadre de Sendai et sa pertinence pour les stratégies nationales de réduction des risques de catastrophe

Je suis honorée de m’adresser à vous ici dans cette illustre École Nationale d’Administration qui forme les futurs cadres administratifs de la Nation algérienne. Je suis d’autant plus heureuse de cette opportunité car c’est vous qui serez directement concernés par la gestion des risques et des catastrophes en Algérie et je remercie le Ministère des Affaires Étrangères et le Délégué National aux Risques Majeurs pour l’invitation.
22 May 2015 Statements & speeches

Managing urban risk in Africa

Urban planning is a key element in disaster risk preparedness and community resilience in Africa, say experts.
21 May 2015 News briefs

Sendai Framework raised at World Health Assembly

In a statement to the 68th World Health Assembly, the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), today said that the new Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction “has fully embraced the concept of health resilience and recognized that it must be a key area of focus for disaster risk reduction in the immediate future if we are to succeed in reducing existing levels of risk, and to avoid the creation of new risk.”
20 May 2015 News briefs

Strengthening the coherence between DRR, climate change and sustainable development

Thank you for inviting me to Mongolia and the opportunity to contribute to this important national ‘Development Dialogue’ focusing on building a more resilient Mongolia. I wish to sincerely thank the Deputy Prime Minister, His Excellency Mr. U. Khurelsukh and the Government of Mongolia for inviting me to join your efforts to make us of and strengthen the coherence between sustainable development, disaster risk reduction, and adapting to climate change.
19 May 2015 Statements & speeches

Showcasing Cuba’s Hurricane Sandy recovery

The United Nations has unveiled a multimedia application that showcases the work done to help Santiago de Cuba to recover from the impact of Hurricane Sandy, which lashed the island’s second-largest province in October 2012.

15 May 2015 News briefs

Arab Region backs DRR in SDGs

More than 300 Arab government representatives from the finance, economic, social, environment and technology sectors have developed a regional position for the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals due to be adopted at a UN summit this September.

13 May 2015 News briefs

Mongolia forges ahead on Sendai Framework

The head of UNISDR Margareta Wahlström today met with the Prime Minister of Mongolia, Mr. Chimed Saikhanbileg, as the country embarks on implementing the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the global plan of action adopted in March at the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction.
12 May 2015 News briefs

A lucky escape for Nepal’s schoolchildren

The death toll among Nepali schoolchildren would have been significant if the 7.8 magnitude earthquake had struck on a school day instead of a Saturday, the only day when schools are completely closed.
11 May 2015 News briefs

UNISDR praises Geneva’s flood management

The head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, Margareta Wahlström, today praised Geneva for its management of the exceptional floodwaters which have threatened the city in recent days following torrential rain in the French Alps. Geneva is home to UNISDR and 40 other UN agencies.
6 May 2015 Press release

Geneva’s perfect flood management

The Swiss city of Geneva has been scrambling to stave off flooding as heavy rain pours down into mountain streams and swells rivers. Its success in meeting the crisis head-on underscores the importance of long-term planning to reduce disaster risk.

5 May 2015 News briefs

Canada invests in disaster mitigation

The Canadian Ministry of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness of Canada has launched the first call for proposals within the CAD$ 200 million (approx. US$ 165 million) National Disaster Mitigation Program (NDMP), as part of the Government’s commitment to build safer and more resilient communities.
1 May 2015 News briefs

WHO welcomes Sendai focus on health

The World Health Organization has welcomed the fact that the new Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR) puts health at the centre of disaster risk management.
29 Apr 2015 News briefs

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
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