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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

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

Facing the new abnormal

In the wake of the extreme tornadoes that struck the United States over Christmas, freak snowfalls in Mexico and heavy flooding in South America and the United Kingdom, Ms. Margareta Wahlström, head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction today urged governments to take more prevention actions to reduce human and economic losses caused by weather related disasters.

29 Dec 2015 News briefs

Paris Agreement shows political will to reduce disaster risk

The dust is beginning to settle after the breakthrough adoption of the Paris Agreement at the U.N. climate change summit.

22 Dec 2015 Statements & speeches

Uganda moves on Sendai Framework

Without addressing the growing levels of disaster and climate risk, the Government of Uganda fears that 43% of the population could regress into poverty.

16 Dec 2015 News briefs

Sendai’s role in ecosystems underlined at COP21

Governments, civil society and the private sector are delivering on the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and building resilience to climate-related disasters through efforts to protect ecosystems and biodiversity.

11 Dec 2015 News briefs

Louvre Museum works to fend off floods

Home to the Mona Lisa, the Venus de Milo and other priceless masterpieces, the world-famous Louvre Museum is all too aware of the need to fend off natural hazards.

10 Dec 2015 News briefs

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

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

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

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

Resilience two metres above sea-level

Building local disaster resilience is a matter of survival for the people of Tokelau, whose sole link to the rest of the world is a fortnightly boat service that takes 24 hours to their nearest neighbor, Samoa.
30 Oct 2015 News briefs

Pacific moves on targets and indicators

The Pacific region today recommended the development of national and regional targets and indicators as a key element to the successful implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

27 Oct 2015 News briefs

Pacific urged to lead against complacency

The Pacific region today was urged to use its respected voice on the global stage to rally against complacency over the mounting level of disaster and climate related risk.

26 Oct 2015 News briefs

El Niño and climate change pose existential threat to Pacific islands

The Head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), Margareta Wahlström, today opened the 2015 Pacific Regional Disaster Resilience Meeting amidst fears that El Niño will result in more extreme weather events across the hazard-prone region of small islands and atolls.

26 Oct 2015 Press release

El Niño threat to the Pacific

A high level disaster resilience forum in the Pacific next week will have added importance as concerns grow over the potential impact on the region of this year’s El Niño.
23 Oct 2015 News briefs
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