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Europe adopts Sendai roadmap

European countries on Friday issued a broad-ranging plan to energize their implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, an international agreement that aims by 2030 to reduce substantially the number of deaths and economic damage caused by natural and man-made hazards.

9 Oct 2015 News briefs

Philippines indigenous community honoured by UN

International Day for Disaster Reduction arrived early today in the Philippines. Globally, the Day is marked next Tuesday on October 13 but the Philippines Senate today took time out to celebrate the Day’s theme of community and local knowledge for disaster risk management.
9 Oct 2015 News briefs

Knowledge recovery in Nicaragua

An important effort is being made in a disaster prone area of Nicaragua to create understanding and awareness of how indigenous people cope with natural hazards by tapping into their ancestral store of knowledge and keeping it alive.
9 Oct 2015 News briefs

UN launches call for safe schools on 10th anniversary of Pakistan earthquake

The head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), Margareta Wahlström, today marked the anniversary of the 7.8 Pakistan earthquake which killed 19,000 schoolchildren and their teachers with a call for more countries to join the new Worldwide Initiative for Safe Schools.
8 Oct 2015 Press release

Knowledge for life on the Bangladesh coast

A small community on the disaster prone coast of Bangladesh is translating the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction into the local dialect as part of an ongoing community revival since it was hit hard by Cyclone Sidr in 2007.
8 Oct 2015 News briefs

Flash floods are a major global threat says UN

The head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), Margareta Wahlström, today said that urban areas must invest more in reducing the risk from flash floods such as those which have claimed hundreds of lives in Guatemala, South Carolina in the US and the south of France in recent days.
7 Oct 2015 Press release

Flood monitoring start-up wins award

A French start-up that uses image sensors to monitor water levels in order to head off the threat of flood has today won a pan-European award that recognizes innovative approaches to reducing disaster risk.

7 Oct 2015 News briefs

First step to implementing Sendai Framework is to understand risks

I am pleased to be here today at the opening of the 6th annual meeting of the European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction – a key regional platform in the wake of the Third UN World Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan in March 2015. I want to sincerely thank the Government of France and Minister Royale for hosting the event in Paris as well as for their continued engagement with UNISDR.

7 Oct 2015 Statements & speeches

Europe starts Sendai roadmap talks

European countries has begun three days’ of talks that will play a key role in driving forward the continent’s implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

7 Oct 2015 News briefs

Action agreed on Safe Schools

The head of UNISDR, Margareta Wahlström, today welcomed the adoption of a global action plan by 24 countries to advance the Worldwide Initiative for Safe Schools (WISS) in line with the targets for reducing disaster losses set out in the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

6 Oct 2015 News briefs

Iran nears goal of 100% safe schools

Iran’s commitment to ensuring Safe Schools was made clear yesterday as it announced plans to spend $3 billion over the next five years to complete its programme of retrofitting or reconstructing all public schools located in the country’s seismic zones.
5 Oct 2015 News briefs

Iran acts on Sendai Framework

Implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 received another boost this week with the announcement in Tehran that the text has now been translated into Farsi, a language used by some 100 million people in Iran and neighbouring countries.
5 Oct 2015 News briefs

Banking seeds in a brutal climate

The tiny community of El Solís in rural Guatemala is tapping into its local knowledge on biodiversity and maintaining a native seeds bank to help it cope with drought, food insecurity and climate change.
2 Oct 2015 News briefs

Serbia to turn Sendai Framework into law

Serbia aims to become the first country to incorporate all aspects of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction into national legislation following its experience with devastating floods last year.

30 Sep 2015 News briefs

DRR key for stemming crises: UN leader

The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction is a key element in global efforts to stem the rise in humanitarian crises and shape a new global development and climate change agenda over the next 15 years, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said here today.

30 Sep 2015 News briefs

Work starts on Sendai indicators

UN member States met today for the first time to discuss indicators to measure global progress in the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 which was adopted in March at the Third UN Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction held in Sendai, Japan.

29 Sep 2015 News briefs

Early warning milestone for developing nations

Plans to bring early warning systems to some of the world’s poorest countries and thereby curb the risk of disasters have cleared a new milestone, thanks to a French-spurred initiative unveiled at the United Nations today.

29 Sep 2015 News briefs

Fresh call for resilient private sector

The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction and its existing private sector partners have called on businesses around the globe to join a new initiative that aims to raise resilience in the face of natural and man-made hazards.

27 Sep 2015 News briefs

Curbing disaster risk key for aid

Disaster risk reduction needs to be included squarely in humanitarian aid programmes and development policies, given its power to save lives and money, delegates at the United Nations sustainable development summit heard today.

26 Sep 2015 News briefs

Korea’s new disasters network

Korea’s advance towards a national integrated public-safety communications network is being heralded as an example of how disaster risk reduction represents a major business opportunity.
24 Sep 2015 News briefs

DRR is in sustainability's DNA

Efforts to reduce the threat posed by natural and man-made hazards will get a fresh boost this weekend when world leaders adopt a new global sustainable development agenda that aims to eradicate extreme poverty, promote prosperity and people’s well-being, while protecting the environment.

24 Sep 2015 News briefs

Local knowledge protects Cameroon harvest

Farmers in northwestern Cameroon are deploying traditional knowledge to boost the survival of their crops, thereby curbing the risk of disasters posed by increasingly unpredictable weather patterns.
23 Sep 2015 News briefs

Local knowledge saves lives in Vanuatu

The Pacific Region has a wealth of traditional knowledge for disaster risk reduction. It is rarely advertised or documented, but passed on by word of mouth from generation to generation. One striking example came to light after one of the worst cyclones this year.
22 Sep 2015 News briefs

Mexico marks 30 years of progress

GENEVA, September 21, 2015 - The head of UNISDR, Margareta Wahlström, praised Mexico for its commitment to reducing disaster losses and avoiding the creation of new risk, during talks with the government and in a speech to mark the 30th anniversary of the deadly 1985 earthquake on Saturday.
21 Sep 2015 News briefs

Uganda gets ready for El Niño

The Government of Uganda is training its military and police officers in disaster preparedness in anticipation of the effects of El Niño-enhanced rains over the mid-September 2015 to January 2016 period.
18 Sep 2015 News briefs

Mexico’s new seismic warning system

The head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), Margareta Wahlström, will take part tomorrow in the 30th anniversary commemoration of the earthquake which struck Mexico City on September 19, 1985.
18 Sep 2015 News briefs

Cyclone recovery in the Pacific

Cyclone Pam’s devastation of Vanuatu provided a real-time example of the relevance of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk as it was adopted at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, in Japan, almost six months ago.
17 Sep 2015 News briefs

Chile's investment in disaster risk reduction pays off

The head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), Margareta Wahlström, today congratulated the Chilean government on its successful efforts to reduce disaster risk and minimise the number of casualties from the 8.3 magnitude earthquake and tsunami which occurred last night.

17 Sep 2015 Press release

Sendai Framework applied post-Haiyan

TACLOBAN, 14 September 2015 - Almost two years after the Philippines island of Leyte was devastated by Typhoon Haiyan, “Building Back Better” is the principle guiding the efforts of local governments in Tacloban city, Javier, Tanuan and Palo municipalities which were visited today by the head of UNISDR, Margareta Wahlström.
15 Sep 2015 News briefs

Sandstorm causes health problems

Health services across the region continue to deal with the impact of the severe sandstorm which hit the Middle East last week, sweeping across Lebanon, Syria and Palestine, causing casualties and sending dozens to hospitals, as health risks particularly respiratory problems increased. Other countries in the region, like Iraq, Jordan, Egypt and Saudi Arabia, were affected by the clouds of dust and sand causing flight delays and disrupting school activities.
14 Sep 2015 News briefs
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