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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

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
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