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#IDDR2016: Ban Ki-moon says new disaster mortality report a "damning indictment of inequality"

Analysis of twenty years of data on 7,056 disaster events in which 1.35 million people died, shows that earthquakes and tsunamis are the biggest killers overall, followed closely by climate-related disasters, and 90% of disaster deaths occur in low and middle-income countries.

13 Oct 2016 Press release

#IDDR2016: UN recognition for success in reducing disaster deaths in Fiji, Peru, Nigeria, India and Europe

The UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, Mr. Robert Glasser, today marked International Day for Disaster Reduction by recognising five outstanding examples of successful efforts to reduce disaster mortality.

13 Oct 2016 News briefs

#IDDR2016: UNISDR and European Committee of the Regions join forces to reduce disaster risks

The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) have agreed a five-year plan to support EU cities and regions to take more concerted action to reduce the impact of natural disasters. It specifically wants to increase the number of towns and cities with disaster risk-reduction strategies by 2020.

13 Oct 2016 Press release

#IDDR2016: Prepared Peru reduces El Niño mortality

The El Niño weather phenomenon was first named by fishermen in Peru where records going back 500 years have detailed its destructive impact especially along the northern coast where it often hits hardest.

12 Oct 2016 News briefs

#IDDR2016: Involving affected communities is key to reducing disaster mortality

The risk of dying in a hurricane or flood is lower today than it was 20 years ago, in most parts of the world. In Haiti, however, the toll of Hurricane Matthew has already reportedly passed 1,000. The issue of how to reach countries and communities left behind and struggling to reduce their disaster mortality rates was the focus of a meeting at United Nations Headquarters, held ahead of International Day for Disaster Reduction.

11 Oct 2016 News briefs

#IDDR2016: Fiji’s honest appraisal of Cyclone Winston

There were fears of very large loss of life when Fiji was hit in February this year by the first category 5 cyclone in its recorded history, and the strongest ever seen in the southern hemisphere.

10 Oct 2016 News briefs

#IDDR2016: Europe’s Meteolarm offers life-saving alerts

Rolled out in the wake of one of the deadliest storms to strike Europe in decades, the continent-wide weather information service Meteoalarm plays a life-saving role by raising public awareness of how to curb risks, and fosters international cooperation into the bargain.

7 Oct 2016 News briefs

UN, World Bank, insurance sector tackle climate vulnerability

A new public-private partnership between the leaders of the United Nations, the World Bank and the insurance sector has adopted a risk management strategy that seeks to harness insurance to promote economic recovery and resilience to climate hazards and disasters.

6 Oct 2016 News briefs

Turkey takes the helm of European disaster risk body

Turkey took the helm of Europe’s top disaster risk reduction forum today, ahead of a new drive by the continent’s governments to widen efforts to curb the threats posed by natural and man-made hazards.

5 Oct 2016 News briefs

Linking disaster risk, development and climate change

Efforts to curb the threats posed by natural and man-made hazards need to be tied tightly with sustainable development and climate change adaptation, according to participants at Europe’s top disaster risk reduction forum.

4 Oct 2016 News briefs

Europe holds key disaster risk reduction talks

Europe today began its annual talks on curbing the threat of natural and man-made hazards, with the aim of accelerating efforts to achieve the goals of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

3 Oct 2016 News briefs

Record levels of carbon dioxide to fuel disasters

History is being made this month on climate change and not in a good way. We have broken through the symbolic ceiling of 400 parts per million for carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and there seems to be no going back.

29 Sep 2016 Press release

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

Statement by Robert Glasser at the UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants

Unplanned urbanisation, environmental degradation, and fundamentally climate change, are increasingly intensifying natural hazards and triggering a significant proportion of the total number of forced displacement of people globally.

19 Sep 2016 Statements & speeches

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
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