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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

The volcano that changed the course of disaster risk management

The head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), Margareta Wahlström, today described the eruption of the Nevado del Ruiz volcano which claimed 25,000 lives in Colombia on November 13, 1985, as “a major turning point in the history of disaster risk management.”
13 Nov 2015 Press release

Arab States to implement Sendai Framework

A “road map” for the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 in the Arab Region in order to achieve a substantial reduction in disaster losses, was agreed this week in Cairo, Egypt.
13 Nov 2015 News briefs

Mayors call for protection of heritage sites from disasters

Mayors from the 250-member strong Organization of World Heritage Cities (OWHC) have called for member cities to include protection of cultural heritage in disaster risk management plans as set out in the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.
12 Nov 2015 News briefs

Regional role model spurs cities in Central Asia, South Caucasus

A global campaign that unites almost 3,000 cities dedicated to reducing urban disaster risk has sharpened its focus on Central Asia and the South Caucasus thanks to a regional role model.

12 Nov 2015 News briefs

Central Asia, South Caucasus craft Sendai roadmap

Officials from Central Asia and the South Caucasus have come together to craft a roadmap to make the region’s cities more resilient by implementing the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

11 Nov 2015 News briefs

Philippines private sector joins global effort to reduce disaster risk

The newly launched UNISDR Private Sector Alliance for Disaster Resilient Societies, ARISE, received a major boost today as 12 leading companies in the Philippines joined the global effort to ensure the private sector puts disaster risk information at the heart of investment strategies.
10 Nov 2015 Press release

Georgian media talk disaster risk

Reporters from main TV, radio and print media organisations in Georgia met over the weekend to discuss reporting on disasters as part of a growing global effort to improve disaster risk communication as called for in the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, adopted earlier this year.
9 Nov 2015 News briefs

New private sector alliance gets down to business

The new UNISDR Private Sector Alliance for Disaster Resilient Societies, or ARISE, got to work today as members set out their ambition to help the business world rein in the impact of natural and man-made hazards.

6 Nov 2015 News briefs

Resilient private sector key for Sendai success

Efforts to ensure that businesses play a key role in curbing disaster risk have passed a new milestone with the debut of the UNISDR Private Sector Alliance for Disaster Resilient Societies.

5 Nov 2015 News briefs

Singapore and UNISDR launch Sendai partnership

Singapore and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) have teamed up to strengthen the disaster risk management capacity of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and other countries that are on the front line of climate change.
4 Nov 2015 News briefs

Cook Islands’ online menu for resilience

The 15,000 people of the Cook Islands, who inhabit 15 islands spread across an area of Pacific Ocean the size of Saudi Arabia, know from experience that a stronger and coordinated approach to disaster risk governance reduces distance and builds resilience.
3 Nov 2015 News briefs

How Mexico handled Patricia

Ten days ago, the news broke that “the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Western Hemisphere” was about to slam into the Pacific coastline of Mexico.
2 Nov 2015 News briefs

War-torn Yemen expects cyclone Chapala

A rare powerful tropical cyclone Chapala in the Indian Ocean is heading towards Arabian Peninsula southern costs of Oman and Yemen. It is expected to make a land fall on eastern provinces of Hadramout and Shabwa in war-torn Yemen early Tuesday. The storm reached category 4 during the weekend.
2 Nov 2015 News briefs

Resilience two metres above sea-level

Building local disaster resilience is a matter of survival for the people of Tokelau, whose sole link to the rest of the world is a fortnightly boat service that takes 24 hours to their nearest neighbor, Samoa.
30 Oct 2015 News briefs

Vanuatu builds resilience

The Lord Mayor of Cyclone-hit Port Vila says the word ‘resilience’ now carries real meaning on the streets of the Vanuatu capital, an achievement he cites as one of the proudest of his time in office.
29 Oct 2015 News briefs

Sendai “groundbreaking” on inclusion

The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction represents a ‘groundbreaking’ agreement that sets a new benchmark in efforts to strengthen inclusion.
28 Oct 2015 News briefs

Pacific moves on targets and indicators

The Pacific region today recommended the development of national and regional targets and indicators as a key element to the successful implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

27 Oct 2015 News briefs

Pacific urged to lead against complacency

The Pacific region today was urged to use its respected voice on the global stage to rally against complacency over the mounting level of disaster and climate related risk.

26 Oct 2015 News briefs

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
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