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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

Making a resilient airport

NADI, Fiji, 9 September 2015 – When floods closed Fiji’s main international airport for the only time in its history, economic shockwaves rippled through the tourism-dependent country.
9 Sep 2015 News briefs

Southern Africa moves on Sendai Framework

MAPUTO, 7 September 2015 – African leaders and experts on disaster risk are moving ahead on detailed planning of implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the new global agreement on reducing disaster losses and a key pillar of the post-2015 Development Agenda.

7 Sep 2015 News briefs

Tropical storm Erika highlights serious gaps in early warning systems

The head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), Margareta Wahlström, today extended her condolences to the people of the small island state of Dominica as they enter a second day of national mourning for the 31 people who have died and the 35 reported missing in the wake of a tropical storm which arrived with little or no warning.
4 Sep 2015 Press release

Parliamentarians key DRR actors - UN SG

The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction is “a fundamental stepping stone marking this year of global action for people and the planet,” according to UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon in remarks to a gathering of Speakers of Parliament from around the world.
2 Sep 2015 News briefs

Business key for Sendai Framework success

Indonesia’s National Disaster Management Agency has told business leaders that the private sector is vital to efforts to reduce the country’s disaster risk.

31 Aug 2015 News briefs

Hurricane Katrina raised the bar for disaster risk management

The head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), Margareta Wahlström, today said the true legacy of Hurricane Katrina, America’s costliest hurricane disaster, was to raise the bar for disaster risk management worldwide.
28 Aug 2015 Press release

Scaling up insurance for resilience in Africa

Improved access to insurance can boost the resilience of vulnerable communities to recurrent disasters such as droughts and floods in Sub-Saharan Africa.

24 Aug 2015 News briefs

Cuban students win DRR design award

A group of Cuban students has won an international prize awarded to budding architects who deploy their talents to reduce the risk of disasters.

21 Aug 2015 News briefs

Kenya ramps up support for DRR legislation

The Government of Kenya and its partners are engaging to create an enabling environment for implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, a 15-year global plan to curb deaths and economic losses caused by natural and man-made hazards.

20 Aug 2015 News briefs

Crises are piling on the pressure

The global aid sector is facing massive pressure as it tries to deal with the fallout from crises around the globe and the resulting financial strains, senior international officials said here today as they marked World Humanitarian Day.

19 Aug 2015 News briefs

Sendai Framework action under way

UNISDR has added new momentum to the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, a 15-year international plan to curb deaths and economic damage caused by natural and man-made hazards.

18 Aug 2015 News briefs

Cities advocates embrace Sendai Framework

The global advocates network of UNISDR’s Making Cities Resilient campaign has embraced the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and committed to scale up efforts at the local level.

17 Aug 2015 News briefs

Americas experts commit to Sendai Framework

Experts from the Americas have pledged to spur moves to implement the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, a 15-year global plan that aims to rein in mortality and losses caused by natural and man-made hazards.

14 Aug 2015 News briefs

Bishkek boost for Sendai Framework

Municipal authorities in Kyrgyzstan’s capital Bishkek have taken the lead to ensure that their city successfully implements the new Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

13 Aug 2015 News briefs

Indigenous knowledge key for DRR

Indigenous knowledge is an important source of wisdom for sustainability, UN Secretary-General Bank Ki-moon says, underlining an issue that it is also crucial for disaster risk reduction.

12 Aug 2015 News briefs

Cameroon’s cities tackle flood risk

Recovering from floods that killed dozens of people and displaced thousands in June and July, Cameroon is working to rein in risk in its fast-growing urban centres.

7 Aug 2015 News briefs

Sendai Framework influence on new SDGs

Key references to the recent Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction are contained in the draft outcome document that will constitute the new sustainable development agenda, which will be formally adopted by world leaders in New York this September.

3 Aug 2015 News briefs

UN backs disaster resilience plans for hotels in Asia and the Pacific

The head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), Margareta Wahlström, today announced a plan to develop and pilot disaster risk management standards for the hotel industry in Asia and the Pacific, home to 80% of the world’s disaster events.
29 Jul 2015 Press release

The challenges of DRR in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe is working to build its communities’ capacity to understand and reduce disaster risk, in a country often confronted by floods or droughts, but poverty and unemployment can make action a challenge.

29 Jul 2015 News briefs

'Knowledge for Life' – UN launches search for communities good at managing the risk of disasters

The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) today launched a search for communities that demonstrate excellence in managing disaster risk in order to draw attention to the importance of local knowledge, traditions and customs in the struggle against extreme weather events, climate change and earthquakes.
28 Jul 2015 Press release

Georgia moves on Sendai Framework

The city of Tblisi is moving to strengthen its readiness to deal with natural and technological hazards while memories of last month’s flash flooding remain fresh.
27 Jul 2015 News briefs

Sendai training for local governments

The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) has started training programmes for local governments with a focus on developing strategies based on the priorities for action in the new Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.
24 Jul 2015 News briefs

Paris call to conscience on climate

UNISDR’s Champion for Disaster Risk Reduction in Asia, Senator Loren Legarda, declared the willingness of the Philippines to lead the fight to combat climate change during this week’s Summit of the Consciences for the Climate in Paris, France.
23 Jul 2015 News briefs

Africa aims for substantial reductions in disaster losses

Representatives of 37 African governments today agreed to work together to achieve substantial reductions in disaster losses over the next 15 years, including reductions in mortality, the numbers of people affected and the economic damage caused by natural and human-induced hazards.

23 Jul 2015 Press release

Africa backs disaster risk plan

African governments today vowed to work together curb disaster losses over the next 15 years, with reductions in mortality, the numbers of people affected and the economic damage inflicted by natural and human-induced hazards.

23 Jul 2015 News briefs

Tackling poverty and drought in Uganda

A five-year initiative to tackle endemic poverty in Uganda’s northern region of Karamoja is expected to boost resilience to natural hazards, especially the recurrent droughts which can decimate livelihoods.

22 Jul 2015 News briefs

Africa sketches Sendai Framework plan

African governments have begun sketching out a continent-wide plan to implement the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, a 15-year global pact that seeks to rein in the impact of natural and man-made hazards.

22 Jul 2015 News briefs

Sendai Framework starts moving

International moves to implement the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction got underway today, with African countries leading the way.
21 Jul 2015 News briefs

Africa launches global Sendai Framework drive

Africa this week launches a global drive to apply the new Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, a 15-year international roadmap that seeks to make the world safer from natural and man-made hazards.

20 Jul 2015 News briefs
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