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El Niño and climate change pose existential threat to Pacific islands

The Head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), Margareta Wahlström, today opened the 2015 Pacific Regional Disaster Resilience Meeting amidst fears that El Niño will result in more extreme weather events across the hazard-prone region of small islands and atolls.

26 Oct 2015 Press release

El Niño threat to the Pacific

A high level disaster resilience forum in the Pacific next week will have added importance as concerns grow over the potential impact on the region of this year’s El Niño.
23 Oct 2015 News briefs

Women in Parliament back Sendai

The first steps have been taken towards establishing a “Women in Parliament Caucus for Disaster Risk Reduction”, thanks to the initiative of Women in Parliament (WIP) and UNISDR.

22 Oct 2015 News briefs

Knowledge for life among Colombia’s Nasa people

The resilience of the Nasa indigenous community in Colombia has been recognized 21 years after they lost over 1,000 people in a flood and earthquake which struck on June 6, 1994.
20 Oct 2015 News briefs

Philippines zero casualty policy pays off

The head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), Margareta Wahlström, today praised the Philippines for its successful efforts to reduce mortality and the numbers of people affected by the latest typhoon to sweep across the country despite tidal surges, heavy rains, floods and landslides.
19 Oct 2015 Press release

School and tourism safety are key priorities to rebuild a safer Nepal

Retrofitting all schools and better protecting tourist infrastructure are two urgent priorities to rebuild a safer Nepal, according to a new report released today that evaluates the damage caused by the twin earthquakes that hit the Kathmandu Valley on 25 April 2015, killing 8,800 people and destroying half a million houses and 50,000 classrooms.
16 Oct 2015 Press release

Protect heritage, reduce risk

Countries should strive to protect their heritage sites from natural and man-made hazards, according to experts aiming to advance Europe’s implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

15 Oct 2015 News briefs

Russia begins Sendai Framework implementation

The Russian Federation is kick-starting its implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, seeing it as a key priority for the state, the government told an international congress in Moscow this week.

15 Oct 2015 News briefs

Local knowledge reduces fire risk

This year’s International Day for Disaster Reduction highlighted the power of traditional, indigenous and local knowledge to protect people and communities, and the issue has been in the foreground at a conference of more than 3,000 officials and experts in fire risk management.

14 Oct 2015 News briefs

Local knowledge saves Nile islanders

The 18,000-strong community of Tuti, a River Nile island in the heart of the Sudanese capital Khartoum, has long been highly vulnerable to floods.

14 Oct 2015 News briefs

Keeping it local to curb risk in Cameroon

Residents of a flood-prone community in Cameroon’s capital Yaoundé are deploying local knowledge to curb the risk of disasters and epidemics by tackling the trash that blocks drainage ditches.

13 Oct 2015 News briefs

UN chooses eight communities as Champions of Disaster Risk Reduction

Eight communities living with the threat of floods, storms, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions were today recognised as Champions of Disaster Risk Reduction by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR).
13 Oct 2015 Press release

Community solidarity in East Salford

The UK community of East Salford has over 1,400 homes and 500 businesses in Lower Broughton and Lower Kersal – all of which are at risk of flooding from the River Irwell. Salford has a long history of flooding , notably in 1946, 1954 and 1980.

13 Oct 2015 News briefs

Italy’s ‘Network of Resilience’ recognized

Today, one of Europe’s most vulnerable earthquake zones, the Italian Province of Potenza, was recognized as a champion of disaster risk reduction for the creation of a “Network of Resilience” among 100 municipalities.

13 Oct 2015 News briefs

International Day Message from the Secretary-General

This year’s observance of the International Day for Disaster Reduction is dedicated to the power of traditional, indigenous and local knowledge.
12 Oct 2015 News briefs

Local knowledge battles floods in India

India has had some significant success in reducing the death tolls from cyclones and flooding in recent years due to better preparedness and early warnings. In October 2014 and October 2013 large scale evacuations saved many lives as early warnings were disseminated in a timely and effective way to endangered populations along the Bay of Bengal.
12 Oct 2015 News briefs

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
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