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15 Jun 2009 News briefs

Governments ‘must invest today for safer tomorrow' – the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction opens in Geneva

 

The Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction opens in Geneva

Leaders and representatives from some 165 Governments gathering here today for the 2009 Global Platform on Disaster Reduction will be urged to ‘invest today for a safer tomorrow’ – or face much harder decisions in the years to come.

16 Jun 2009 News briefs

Indonesian scientist Eko Teguh Paripurno wins 2009 UN Sasakawa Award

The 2009 laureate for the Sasakawa Award for Disaster Reduction is geologist Dr Eko Teguh Paripurno. He receives the award - valued at US$ 50,000 - for his lifetime contribution and his outstanding commitment to reduce disaster risk and building capacity at the community level in Indonesia, one of the countries most vulnerable to multiple hazards.
16 Jun 2009 Press release

The Global Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction goes carbon neutral

17 Jun 2009 News briefs

Risk reduction conference ends with call to halve disaster related deaths by 2015

 

The Global Platform ended today with participants from more than 300 regional/national organizations and governments urging political leaders to implement measures to halve the number of deaths from natural hazards by 2015.

 

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19 Jun 2009 News briefs

Chair’s Summary of the Second Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

25 Jun 2009 News briefs

IPCC Special Report 'Managing the risks of extreme events and disasters': Nominate an author until 27 Jul 2009

15 Jul 2009 News briefs

UNISDR side event at ECOSOC 2009 - Briefing on the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

17 July 2009, Palais des Nations 1.15-2.45 pm Room XXII

The side event will brief on the outcomes of the Second Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in June 2009. It will build on the Chair’s Summary of the Global Platform and highlight the lessons, findings and recommendations from global and regional reports and the conclusions from the five high-level panels, each of which is being represented by the Panelists.

 

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17 Jul 2009 News briefs

International Conference on ‘Building a Local Government Alliance for Disaster Risk Reduction’, 11-13 August, Incheon, Republic of Korea

The international conference on ‘Building a Local Government Alliance for Disaster Risk Reduction’ is co-organized by Incheon Metropolitan City and UNISDR and will bring together 200 participants.
11 Aug 2009 News briefs

World Climate Conference - 3

28 Aug 2009 News briefs

UNISDR at World Climate Conference 3 (WCC-3)

WCC-3 focuses on how humankind can benefit from the advances in climate prediction and information services to manage climate-related risks as a way of developing resilience through adaptation. Disaster Risk Reduction is a key component of the agenda and UNISDR is directly involved in a variety of events, such as the Opening of the Conference and Plenary Session 4 on Climate Extremes, Warning Systems and Disaster Risk Reduction.
4 Sep 2009 News briefs

UN Secretary-General to convene summit on climate change - disaster risk reduction on the agenda

16 Sep 2009 News briefs

The Summit on Climate Change acknowledges disaster risk reduction

 

Disaster risk reduction was highlighted during the one-day Summit on many occasions. The outcome of the Summit, captured in the Chair’s Summary, emphasized clearly that adaptation must be given higher priority and in this context called for greater synergy with disaster risk reduction.

 

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23 Sep 2009 News briefs

Typhoon Ondoy - Realities on the ground deserve priority for action

 

As the death toll rises in the Philippines, after Typhoon Ondoy struck the country and left the main capital Manila in havoc, poor drainage systems and garbage disposal problems appear to have aggravated the impacts of the disaster.

 

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29 Sep 2009 News briefs

2009 International Day for Disaster Reduction - 14 October

12 Oct 2009 News briefs

International Day for Disaster Reduction: Disaster Risk Reduction initiative for Nepal launched

 

Katmandu - A new disaster risk reduction initiative for Nepal was launched by a consortium of partners that comprises the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction, other United Nations organizations, the International Federation of Red Cross & Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the Asian Development Bank and the World Bank to mark the 2009 International Day for Disaster Reduction.

 

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19 Oct 2009 News briefs

African Parliamentarians agree on concrete actions to reduce the impact of climatic disasters

UNISDR-lead advocacy results in recognition of crucial synergies between disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation

N’Djamena- Parliamentarians and Ministers from Central African countries met in Chad last Saturday and recognized disaster risk reduction measures as a main tool to adapt to future climate related disasters that are already affecting many countries in Africa.

20 Oct 2009 Press release

New Legislation in the Philippines places Disaster Risk Reduction as the first line of defense against climate change risks

A new climate change law that fully integrates the priorities of the Hyogo Framework for Action – a ten-year blueprint for reducing risks to disasters worldwide - has been passed today by the Philippine Government to address increasing climatic risks.
23 Oct 2009 Press release

Experts and Policy Makers Gather to Discuss Critical Actions for Climate Change Adaption

 

Global experts and policy makers working on disaster risk reduction begin discussions today at the 2009 Stockholm Policy Forum on Climate-Smart Disaster Risk Reduction. The Forum aims to address the issue of reducing risks associated with weather-related hazards, a key component of climate change adaptation. The Forum will also identify promising practices and critical actions for post-Copenhagen implementation of adaptation.

 

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26 Oct 2009 News briefs

Rachel Shebesh appointed African Champion for Disaster Risk Reduction

Rachel Shebesh, Member of Parliament of the Republic of Kenya and Chair of the African Parliamentarian Initiative for Climate Risk Reduction, was appointed today as the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction champion for disaster risk reduction in Africa during the launch of the Black and Green, Ready to Lead campaign that took place at the Pan-African Parliament in Johannesburg, South Africa.

26 Oct 2009 Press release

Global Assessment Report launched in Philippines

 

The launch of the 2009 Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction (GAR), prepared by the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction, took place yesterday, 28 October 2009, in the urban village of Barangay Nangka, Marikina City, one of the Metro Manila cities severely affected by floods. The report highlights the underlying drivers of disaster risk; poor urban governance, vulnerable rural livelihood and the decline of ecosystems.

 

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29 Oct 2009 News briefs

First global scientific effort to examine the linkages between disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation

 

More than 90 world experts have assembled today in Panama City to start a new assessment on how climate change will affect disaster risks in future and how countries can better manage the expected increases in damaging weather events due to climate change. The meeting is being convened by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which decided in April 2009 to prepare a new IPCC Special Report called: “Managing the Risk of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation”. The assessment was proposed by the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) and the government of Norway in response to the predictions in the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report that more frequent and severe extreme events such as droughts, floods, storms, heat waves were likely in the future warmer world.

 

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9 Nov 2009 News briefs

Adaptation to climate change by reducing disaster risks: country practices and lessons

19 Nov 2009 News briefs

UNISDR secretariat has launched its new Biennial Work Programme for 2010-2011 "Invest today for a safer tomorrow

 

The UNISDR secretariat Biennial Work Programme was developed following the second session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in June 2009. It is based on the role and mandate of UNISDR as set by the UN General Assembly. The strategic direction for the 2010-2011 biennium is derived from the outcomes of the Global Platform and from regional consultations. The current programme has been further shaped through broad consultation with the ISDR Support Group in Geneva, donors, the ISDR Inter-Agency Group and other partners.

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20 Nov 2009 News briefs

Regional workshop on disaster risk reduction and climate change

The Regional Office for Arab States of the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction secretariat (UNISDR), The World Bank, The League of Arab States and the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport of the League of Arab States, are co-organizing a Regional Workshop on Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction: "Challenges and Future Actions", which will take place in Cairo, Arab Republic of Egypt from 21-23 November 2009.

21 Nov 2009 News briefs

International Roundtable of Parliamentarians adopts ‘Malta Declaration of the Commitment of Parliamentarians to COP15 and Beyond’

 

The International Roundtable of Parliamentarians on Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation, organized by UNISDR in partnership with the Mediterranean Parliamentary Assembly, adopted a common declaration in Malta on 24 November 2009. Recognizing disaster risk reduction as a first line of defence in adapting to climate change, the parliamentarians urge for political commitment through action at the upcoming UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen.

 

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2 Dec 2009 News briefs

UNISDR in support of Yann Arthus-Bertrand's "6 Billion Others - Climate Voices"

"6 billion Others - Climate Voices", which will be launched in Copenhagen during the climate change negotiations, presents the collective voice of people whose lives have already been devastated by climate change impacts and those who are forced to live with these impacts. The film serves as an insightful and persuasive wake-up call from the global scientific community.

4 Dec 2009 News briefs

2009 Stockholm Policy Forum on Climate-Smart Disaster Risk Reduction - outcome documents now available

A Policy Forum on Climate Smart Disaster Risk Reduction was held in Stockholm, Sweden on October 26, 2009. Co-organized by the World Bank’s Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), and UNISDR, the event gathered approximately 100 country representatives, practitioners and experts from both the disaster risk management and climate change communities to identify promising practices and critical actions for implementation of adaptation efforts.

The outcome documents of the event are now available for download:

Stockholm Policy Forum Summary

Stockholm Policy Forum Joint Communiqué

11 Dec 2009 News briefs

55 million people affected by extreme weather disasters in 2009

Copenhagen – Over three quarters of the people killed - and  95 % of the total affected by natural hazards - since the beginning of the year were due to extreme weather events said Ms. Margareta Wahlström, the United Nations Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, based on the preliminary 2009 disaster figures.
14 Dec 2009 Press release

African Union and League of Arab States Commit to Strengthen Cooperation on Climate Change

Climate change was among the items discussed during the fifth Annual Inter-Secretariat Meeting on General Cooperation between the African Union (AU) and the League of Arab States, which met at the headquarters of the League of Arab States in Cairo, Egypt, on 16 January 2010

28 Jan 2010 News briefs
The United Nations General Assembly requested UNISDR to facilitate the development of a post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction The United Nations General Assembly requested UNISDR to facilitate the development of a post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction.
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