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UNISDR Chief welcomes World Tsunami Awareness Day

The head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, Margareta Wahlström, today welcomed the passing of a resolution yesterday by the UN General Assembly which recognizes November 5 as World Tsunami Awareness Day. The resolution was led by Japan and Chile.

 

23 Dec 2015 Press release

Paris Agreement shows political will to reduce disaster risk

The dust is beginning to settle after the breakthrough adoption of the Paris Agreement at the U.N. climate change summit.

22 Dec 2015 Statements & speeches

ARISE network created in Japan

Japanese members of the UNISDR Private Sector Alliance for Disaster Resilient Societies, known for short as ARISE, are moving ahead with implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the global blueprint for reducing disaster losses adopted at a UN conference in Japan earlier this year.

21 Dec 2015 News briefs

New steps for disaster risk awareness

An international conference has agreed to step up efforts to increase public awareness of how to curb the impact of natural and man-made hazards, spurring the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

18 Dec 2015 News briefs

Uganda moves on Sendai Framework

Without addressing the growing levels of disaster and climate risk, the Government of Uganda fears that 43% of the population could regress into poverty.

16 Dec 2015 News briefs

Typhoon early action shows worth

More than 700,000 people in the central Philippines have been evacuated to safety ahead of a powerful typhoon in the latest example of the country’s ‘early warning early action’ approach to protect lives, livelihoods and assets.

15 Dec 2015 News briefs

Getting the media onside for Sendai

Getting the media involved in raising public awareness about how to reduce the impact of natural and man-made hazards will be critical to the success of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, participants at a global conference said on Tuesday.

15 Dec 2015 News briefs

Dhaka call for inclusion in DRR

There was a resounding call today for greater inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in disaster risk management worldwide if the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction is to deliver on its promise of being people-centred.

14 Dec 2015 News briefs

Sendai’s role in ecosystems underlined at COP21

Governments, civil society and the private sector are delivering on the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and building resilience to climate-related disasters through efforts to protect ecosystems and biodiversity.

11 Dec 2015 News briefs

Louvre Museum works to fend off floods

Home to the Mona Lisa, the Venus de Milo and other priceless masterpieces, the world-famous Louvre Museum is all too aware of the need to fend off natural hazards.

10 Dec 2015 News briefs

Climate change challenges insurance sector

Insurers are facing up to a world in which natural hazards such as storms and droughts are increasing in both frequency and intensity, key players in the sector said at the COP21 climate summit today.

9 Dec 2015 News briefs

New earthquake early warning drive launched

The United Nations scientific body has launched a new drive to develop earthquake early warning systems, marking a key contribution to implementing the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

8 Dec 2015 News briefs

Korean cities take Sendai forward

One hundred and fifty-six Korean municipalities have agreed to promote city-to-city learning to strengthen implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

7 Dec 2015 News briefs

Lawmakers link global development agenda

Hundreds of legislators from around the world have gathered on the sidelines of the COP21 climate summit to focus on harnessing low carbon development to eradicate poverty and better protect people against disasters.

4 Dec 2015 News briefs

Central Java acts on forest fires

Thirty-five cities and districts in one of the world’s most disaster-exposed countries, Indonesia, have come together to declare their commitment to reduce disaster risk following months of devastating forest fires which have released huge quantities of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.

3 Dec 2015 News briefs

Resilience in focus at COP21

Delegates at the COP21 global climate summit have thrown the spotlight on resilience, a central issue in international efforts to reduce the risk of disasters and face up to growing environmental challenges.

3 Dec 2015 News briefs

Climate Risk Early Warning Systems initiative launched at COP21

The governments of Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Luxembourg and The Netherlands have agreed to give more than US$80 million to equip up to 80 countries with better climate risk early warning systems.

2 Dec 2015 News briefs

Legarda is global champion for resilience at COP 21

The veteran campaigner and advocate, Senator Loren Legarda, has been recognized at the Paris UN Climate Conference, COP21, as a Global Champion for Resilience.
1 Dec 2015 News briefs

Vulnerable States call for zero emissions

Leaders of the world’s most climate fragile states have issued a call for full decarbonisation of the world economy, 100% renewable energy by 2050, and zero emissions by 2050 to keep the world on track for below 1.5°C warming and to reduce disaster risk.
1 Dec 2015 News briefs

Sendai Framework can keep us above water: Kiribati’s President

The leader of Kiribati, one of the Pacific island nations most vulnerable to rising sea levels, says the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction can help protect the existence of his threatened country.

1 Dec 2015 News briefs

Why we have to face up to climate change

Alasdair Hainsworth’s main claim to popular fame may be his decision to add the colour purple to the palette of the Australian Bureau of Meteorology to capture the possibility of temperatures reaching 50°C or more in the heatwave of 2013.
30 Nov 2015 News briefs

SG calls for shift from risk to resilience

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for a shift from disaster risk to resilience as he highlighted that “three out of four humanitarian disasters are now climate-related.”

30 Nov 2015 News briefs

Americas hit hard by El Niño

The Americas are paying a high price as one of the worst El Niños on record continues to strengthen. The World Meteorological Organization this week singled out “considerable concern” about the impact of El Niño on the Amazon basin in the context of long-term climate change.

27 Nov 2015 News briefs

20-year review shows 90% of disasters are weather-related; US, China, India, Philippines and Indonesia record the most

A new report issued today by the UN, “The Human Cost of Weather Related Disasters”, shows that over the last twenty years, 90% of major disasters have been caused by 6,457 recorded floods, storms, heatwaves, droughts and other weather-related events.
23 Nov 2015 Press release

Asia on track with Sendai

Asia is making strides towards setting down a regional package of measures to implement the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

20 Nov 2015 News briefs

India takes Sendai on board

A senior disaster management advisor to the Prime Minister of India believes the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 will help guide the country as it faces up to more frequent occurrences of extreme weather.
19 Nov 2015 News briefs

Indian DRR champion to lead on 'inclusive Sendai'

A senior Minister of the Government of India has been recognized as a Champion for Disaster Risk Reduction in honour of his relentless work, passion and commitment to the cause.

18 Nov 2015 News briefs

Understanding Risk Forum opens in Addis Ababa

Delegates from over 30 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa along with development partners, academics and civil society are meeting at the launch of the Understanding Risk and Finance Conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
18 Nov 2015 News briefs

Asia moves to implement Sendai Framework

The Government of India today hailed the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction as a "unique opportunity" to move from a relief-centred approach to disasters to one that focuses on reducing and preventing disaster risk.
17 Nov 2015 News briefs

100 years preventing debris flows in Japan

The world’s first hybrid dam, combining both earth and concrete, is also earthquake proof and protects millions of people living on Japan’s vulnerable Toyama plain from a repetition of a major disaster which occurred there in the mid-19th century.
16 Nov 2015 News briefs
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