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Disasters Are Fuelling Displacement And Migration

Globally, more than 60 million people are displaced by conflict, violence, disasters and human rights violations. This is the highest level of forced displacement since World War II. The principle focus of this week’s UN Summit on Refugees and Migrants was on the suffering endured by those who are forced from their homes by conflict. Nonetheless, it must be recognized that there is a growing problem of displacement which is not conflict related but driven by natural hazards.

22 Sep 2016 Statements & speeches

UN Summit: Disasters contribute to migrant crisis

Governments at the UN Summit on Refugees and Migrants have adopted a landmark declaration that underlines the role of environmental degradation, climate change and disasters alongside conflict as drivers of the ongoing crisis.

20 Sep 2016 News briefs

Record heat "frightening development"

"This is a critical time in the history of the planet when many look to the science and technology community for solutions and guidance;" head of UNISDR tells Asia science conference.

23 Aug 2016 News briefs

Major boost for US flood forecasting

The United States launched a new forecasting tool designed to revolutionize flood management across the country as the state of Louisiana struggles with record rains and floods.

17 Aug 2016 News briefs

Wildfires rage in a changing climate

Wildfires are a growing disaster hazard in many parts of the world. We can expect to see more of them as heatwaves and drought become more frequent and intense.

11 Aug 2016 News briefs

Reducing risk is key for sustainable urbanization

Reducing the risks posed by natural and man-made hazards will be critical to keep cities around the globe on a sustainable development track, according to delegates preparing the way for the UN’s Habitat III conference on urbanization.

2 Aug 2016 News briefs

Heatwave deaths could rise as climate change pushes up temperatures

UNISDR warns of a possible rise in heatwave deaths as climate change drives record warmth around the world putting the lives of vulnerable people at risk.

28 Jul 2016 Press release

ECHO supports implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction in Central Asia and South Caucasus

A new partnership between the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) will help prevent and reduce disaster risk in the Central Asia and South Caucasus (CASC) region.

25 Jul 2016 Press release

Extreme weather the “new normal”

Extreme weather events are becoming the “new normal” and climate change is compromising people’s resilience, meaning that humanitarian action and development must be part of the same process, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Mr. Jan Eliasson has told a meeting on disaster risk reduction.

21 Jul 2016 News briefs

Reaching the poor key for disaster risk reduction

Strong leadership is critical to ensure that no one is left behind amid global efforts to achieve sustainable development by 2030, the United Nations’ top disaster risk reduction official has told a high-level global forum.

20 Jul 2016 News briefs

Speech by Robert Glasser at the Second Global Conference on Health and Climate

The links between health and climate risk are increasingly clear. A 20 year analysis of disaster trends prepared by UNISDR for COP21 showed that over 6,000 weather-related disasters claimed at least 606,000 lives and affected more than four billion people between 1995 and 2015.

7 Jul 2016 Statements & speeches

Elders call to close El Niño resilience gap

The UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, Mr. Robert Glasser, today welcomed a call from a group of global leaders to close a US$2.5-billion funding gap and bolster resilience for countries struggling with climate risk, drought and a humanitarian crisis linked to El Niño.

5 Jul 2016 News briefs

Easing impact of drought on the Panama Canal

In the midst of one of the worst droughts to affect Central America in decades, the expanded Panama Canal is a model for how to adapt to climate change and reduce disaster risk.

28 Jun 2016 News briefs

Central African lawmakers step up disaster risk reduction

Members of parliament from across Central Africa are stepping up their region’s drive to curb the impact of natural and man-made hazards by implementing the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

21 Jun 2016 News briefs

Data vital to Sendai implementation

The links between disaster risk reduction, sustainable development and climate change adaptation are in focus this week in the European Union’s hub of Brussels.

16 Jun 2016 News briefs

Uganda deploys drones to build refugee resilience

Uganda is developing base maps for refugee settlements that host thousands of people in the east African country, with the goal being to support risk-informed development and land use planning and thereby build community resilience.

15 Jun 2016 News briefs

Mongolia launches public-private partnership for resilience

Mongolia has launched a new partnership between the public and private sectors to prevent and reduce disaster risks, as the country looks to protect its economic growth and address its changing hazard profile.

9 Jun 2016 News briefs

Americas region steps up risk reduction drive

The Americas have reached a new level in their drive to curb disaster risk in one of the most hazard-exposed regions of the world, UNISDR’s head Mr. Robert Glasser has told ministerial talks hosted by Paraguay.

9 Jun 2016 News briefs

Speech by Robert Glasser on implementing the Sendai Framework in the Americas

This meeting marks the beginning of a new phase in the region’s growing sophistication when it comes to strengthening disaster risk governance and ensuring that risk informed decision making becomes part of the daily life of government.

8 Jun 2016 News briefs

Paris on major flood alert

Officials in Paris have closed two of the world’s most famous museums as the river Seine rose above its preliminary alert level of five metres yesterday evoking fears of a repeat of the catastrophic floods of 1910.

3 Jun 2016 News briefs

Healthy ecosystems shield against disasters

Healthy and well-managed ecosystems offer a buffer against hazards and can support local resilience by sustaining livelihoods, making them a cornerstone of efforts to implement the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

2 Jun 2016 News briefs

The Climate Change Solution to Disasters

This year is already on track to be the hottest on record, beating out 2015 for this unfortunate distinction. Every year, if it’s not the mercury rising it’s the tangible impacts of climate change.

26 May 2016 Statements & speeches

Sendai Framework critical to reshaping aid

On the first day of the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS), the head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, Mr. Robert Glasser, warned that risk reduction efforts would struggle to have impact if greenhouse gas emissions are not radically scaled down.

23 May 2016 News briefs

Heat, fire and drought in India

India has been suffering a long lasting drought which will not be broken until the monsoon rains arrive next month. Today a new national temperature record of 51 degrees Celsius.

20 May 2016 News briefs

World Humanitarian Summit: Leaving no one behind means investing in disaster risk management

The World Humanitarian Summit opens on Monday. The Head of UNISDR, Mr. Robert Glasser, is calling for a shift from managing disasters to managing disaster risk if the world is to reduce the numbers of people displaced by disasters.

20 May 2016 Press release

Kampala strives to improve resilience

Authorities in Uganda’s capital city are prioritising infrastructure development, climate-smart capital investment procedures and emissions reduction in order to strengthen the city’s resilience to natural and man-made hazards.

17 May 2016 News briefs

Climate change a factor in displacing millions

With just ten days to go to the World Humanitarian Summit, new figures on internally displaced people show that natural hazards including severe weather events are displacing millions of people every year.

12 May 2016 Press release

The world's humanitarian burden is too big. How can we lessen it?

Twelve months have passed since the adoption by UN member states of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, a 15-year plan for reducing disaster losses from manmade and natural hazards.

2 May 2016 Statements & speeches

El Nino impacts underscore need for preparedness

The world needs to do more to tackle the drawn-out impacts of the strongest El Nino in five decades, senior aid and development officials say, underscoring the call for preparedness and resilience in the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

27 Apr 2016 News briefs

15 vulnerable States ratify Paris Agreement

UNISDR chief, Mr. Robert Glasser, has praised the leaders of 15 UN member States particularly vulnerable to climate change for being the first to ratify the Paris Agreement on climate.

24 Apr 2016 News briefs
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