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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

Paris Agreement must deliver long-term climate stability

UNISDR chief, Mr. Robert Glasser, calls on signatories to the Paris Agreement on climate to go beyond their existing commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions if the world is to avoid catastrophic future weather events.

21 Apr 2016 Press release

Thai municipalities strive for disaster resilience

Mayors and deputy mayors from 15 municipalities in Thailand have committed to reduce disaster risks and greenhouse gas emissions in order to strengthen the resilience of their cities.

24 Mar 2016 News briefs

Forecasters key link in disaster risk reduction chain

Weather forecasters are a critical part of efforts to rein in the impact of natural hazards such as floods and droughts, which are being stoked by climate change, the head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction said today.

23 Mar 2016 News briefs

Speech by Robert Glasser at the World Meteorological Organization

We are probably still at a stage in human development when poverty and exposure to disaster risk are the main factors in deciding whether someone survives an event such as Typhoon Haiyan which claimed over 6,000 lives in the Philippines in November 2013.

23 Mar 2016 Statements & speeches

France unveils flood awareness measures

The French government has unveiled a package of measures intended to raise public awareness of the threat posed by floods.

22 Mar 2016 News briefs

Speech by Robert Glasser at the French National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

France is well placed to take on a leadership role in the implementation of the Sendai Framework given how much it has demonstrated its commitment to reducing disaster risk and reducing disaster losses.

22 Mar 2016 Statements & speeches

Intervention de Madame Ségolène Royal aux 3e Assises nationales des risques naturels le 22 mars à Marseille

Je suis très heureuse d’être parmi vous pour ouvrir ces troisièmes assises nationales des risques naturels à Marseille. Nous sommes dans une région particulièrement concernée par des risques naturels, inondations, feux de forêt, risque sismique, tsunami. Et je sais combien les élus, les acteurs économiques et les populations de cette région sont sensibilisés sur ces sujets.

22 Mar 2016 Statements & speeches

World salutes Sendai Framework

The international community today celebrated the first anniversary of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the world’s most comprehensive blueprint for curbing the impact of natural and man-made hazards, with 20 million people taking to social media to mark the occasion.

18 Mar 2016 News briefs

It's time to switch from managing disasters to reducing risk

I am proud to celebrate the first anniversary of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction which was adopted on March 18, 2015 at a major U.N. conference in Japan. It was the first milestone agreement of the 2030 Development Agenda and paved the way for agreement on the Sustainable Development Goals and the adoption of the Paris Agreement on climate change.

18 Mar 2016 Statements & speeches

Africa highlights sustainable urbanisation

Delegates from across Africa have met to identify the continent’s priorities for sustainable urban development, addressing a critical component of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

9 Mar 2016 News briefs

Climate change is a potent element in the deadly brew of disaster risk

The Hyogo framework for action (HFA), adopted in January 2005 by UN member states, was an unprecedented move to promote saving lives and livelihoods from disasters over a decade. Has there been progress?

3 Mar 2016 Statements & speeches

Remarks by Robert Glasser at the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women

The Sendai Framework places significant importance on human rights, gender equality and climate change adaptation.

1 Mar 2016 Statements & speeches

Canada spotlights gender and climate change

Policymakers working to rein in the impact of climate change and natural hazards must keep the issue of gender squarely in the spotlight, Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Stéphane Dion told a United Nations meeting today.

1 Mar 2016 News briefs

Women the future of disaster risk reduction

Women and girls need to be at the core of disaster risk reduction, given that they often bear the brunt of climate change and hazards such as storms and floods, a United Nations human rights body heard today.

29 Feb 2016 News briefs

Zimbabwe smallholders confront climate change

Zimbabwe has declared a state of disaster in the face of a regional drought, but smallholder farmers are tackling climate change head on by adopting new livelihood strategies to counter the adverse effects.

26 Feb 2016 News briefs

Asia aims for hotel resilience

A landmark public-private cross-border partnership in Asia is gathering pace in an effort to protect a multi-billion dollar industry on the frontline of hazard exposure.

24 Feb 2016 News briefs

Sendai takes root in Africa

African countries have held fresh talks to drive forward their implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, a global agreement that is part of wider efforts to make development sustainable.

23 Feb 2016 News briefs

UNISDR commends Fiji Government for its state of preparedness in face of Cyclone Winston

The head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, Mr. Robert Glasser, today extended his condolences to Fiji on the loss of life from Cyclone Winston and commended the government for its efforts to reduce mortality and the numbers of people affected by the strongest cyclone ever to hit the Pacific country.

22 Feb 2016 Press release

The human cost of the hottest year on record

The hottest year on record, 2015, has confirmed that weather and climate-related disasters now dominate disaster trends linked to natural hazards, according to a new analysis presented today.

11 Feb 2016 Press release

Nargis memory spurs resilience training

A new training centre located close to the scene of Myanmar's Cyclone Nargis, one of the worst disasters of recent decades, is championing the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction’s call to engage all sectors and levels of society for effective risk management.

8 Feb 2016 News briefs

Curbing landslide risk in Uganda

For decades, Mr. Joel Mayatsya has used traditional knowledge as an early warning system for landslides in the hilly area of Bududa, eastern Uganda, helping his community reduce the risk of a rain-triggered disaster.

2 Feb 2016 News briefs

Scientists pledge Sendai action

Hundreds of scientists and policymakers today pledged to step up action on the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, a 15-year global agreement that aims to curb deaths and economic losses from natural and man-made hazards.

29 Jan 2016 News briefs

Early warnings must make sense

Early warning systems are doomed to fail if they don’t make sense to the very people that they are meant to help, delegates heard today at an international conference on harnessing science and technology to implement the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

28 Jan 2016 News briefs

How can science play a bigger part in reducing disaster risk?

When the Viceroy of Peru, Jose Antonio Mansa de Velasco, was given orders to rebuild Lima after an earthquake in October 1746, he hired the French mathematician, Louis Godin, to come up with a reconstruction plan. It was an early example of trying to “Build Back Better” as advocated for by the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction adopted by U.N. member States last year. Godin proposed to reduce vulnerability by widening streets and lowering building height.

26 Jan 2016 Statements & speeches

UN report flags climate impacts

Climate change is raising the vulnerability of communities around the world to a raft of hazards, including drought, storms and floods which wreak havoc on food production and public health, according to the UN’s latest Human Development Report.

21 Jan 2016 News briefs

US wildfires set new record

A new report from the US Department of Agriculture highlights the threat of wildfires to a warming, more drought-prone planet.Yesterday in Washington, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said that in 2015, wildfires burned a record 10,125,149 acres across the United States, surpassing the previous record set in 2006.

7 Jan 2016 News briefs

Malawi pioneers peer review for disaster risk reduction in Africa

Africa has cleared a new milestone in its drive to implement the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. The pioneer is Malawi, which has undergone a peer review of its policies and actions, almost a year after being battered by floods.

6 Jan 2016 News briefs

Sendai Framework key for local resilience in Africa

Disasters in Sub-Saharan Africa are increasing in frequency, severity and impacts, and the continent’s rapid urban growth means that risk-sensitive development is crucial, according to participants at an international conference.

5 Jan 2016 News briefs
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