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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 News briefs

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

Europe adopts Sendai roadmap

European countries on Friday issued a broad-ranging plan to energize their implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, an international agreement that aims by 2030 to reduce substantially the number of deaths and economic damage caused by natural and man-made hazards.

9 Oct 2015 News briefs

Early warning milestone for developing nations

Plans to bring early warning systems to some of the world’s poorest countries and thereby curb the risk of disasters have cleared a new milestone, thanks to a French-spurred initiative unveiled at the United Nations today.

29 Sep 2015 News briefs

Curbing disaster risk key for aid

Disaster risk reduction needs to be included squarely in humanitarian aid programmes and development policies, given its power to save lives and money, delegates at the United Nations sustainable development summit heard today.

26 Sep 2015 News briefs

Paris call to conscience on climate

UNISDR’s Champion for Disaster Risk Reduction in Asia, Senator Loren Legarda, declared the willingness of the Philippines to lead the fight to combat climate change during this week’s Summit of the Consciences for the Climate in Paris, France.
23 Jul 2015 News briefs

Tackling poverty and drought in Uganda

A five-year initiative to tackle endemic poverty in Uganda’s northern region of Karamoja is expected to boost resilience to natural hazards, especially the recurrent droughts which can decimate livelihoods.

22 Jul 2015 News briefs

Looking for a clean air revolution

When it comes to quick wins on reducing deaths from man-made hazards, improving the quality of the air that we breathe would be a good start.
23 Jun 2015 News briefs

Bangladesh forges ahead on recovery

Bangladesh, one of the most hazard-prone and climate-vulnerable countries in the world, is widely recognised as a leader in tackling the threat of disasters. Policymakers and practitioners in the South Asian nation are ramping up their efforts to make their country even more resilient as they move to implement the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

19 Jun 2015 News briefs

India’s heatwave a lesson for Sendai Framework

India’s deadly heatwave shows that countries need to switch from disaster management to managing the risks, in line with the new Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, according to one of the country’s leading experts on development.

12 Jun 2015 News briefs

Early warning must make sense

Ensuring weather warnings make sense to the general public will be a key way to help implement a global pact on disaster risk reduction, participants at the World Meteorological Organization’s top forum heard today.

28 May 2015 News briefs

2015 – a year of opportunity on climate

Climate change is a clear and present danger, forcing countries to evolve their policies constantly to keep up, participants at the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction said today.
17 Mar 2015 News briefs

Ten-year review finds 87% of disasters climate-related

A week before world leaders and representatives of civil society gather in Sendai, Japan, for the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction said today that climate-related disasters now dominate disaster risk management.
6 Mar 2015 Press release

Floods hit as leaders gather for Climate Summit in New York

Heavy rains have caused major devastation over the weekend in the Philippines, France and Italy and may be further indications of the “new normal” that the world will have to deal with, if no accelerated action is taken to keep global warming within 2˚C.
22 Sep 2014 News briefs

Agricultural drought challenges Arab world

Agricultural drought and climate change are changing the landscape of the Arab region with enormous implications for food security, rural-urban migration and social stability, an expert told the 2nd Arab Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction yesterday.
16 Sep 2014 News briefs

SIDS link climate change and disaster risk

Disaster risk reduction is at the center of a raft of commitments and actions in the outcome document officially adopted today at the conclusion of the four days of the International Conference on Small Island Developing States in Samoa. The outcome document is titled SAMOA – SIDS Accelerated Modalities of Action – Pathway.
4 Sep 2014 News briefs

SIDS call for action on climate funds

“I am not a leading expert but a leading victim in the issue of climate change. Sea level rise is already happening and what is happening in my island, it is not only a problem for all SIDS but for all of us as more than 75 per cent of the world population lives close to coastal areas,” said Anote Tong, President of Kiribati, when he opened the second Stakeholder Partnership dialogue on Climate Change and Disaster Management yesterday at the UN Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in Samoa.
3 Sep 2014 News briefs

Pacific Platform opens with call for action

The Pacific region today challenged itself to grasp what was described as a ‘pivotal moment’ to shape disaster risk and climate change efforts for at least the next 20 years.
2 Jun 2014 News briefs

Record floods challenge Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina

The worst flooding since records began 120 years ago hit Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina over the weekend, when three months' worth of rain fell on the region, bursting river banks and revealing areas at risk that need to be addressed.
19 May 2014 News briefs

Climate threat to Africa’s resilience

A disaster-resilient future for Africa will have to take account of the fact that it is the region of the world that will suffer the most from climate change and which struggles the most when it comes to capacity to manage present and future disaster risk, the 5th Africa Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction heard yesterday.
16 May 2014 News briefs

Africa unites on reducing disaster risk

Africa today became the first world region to make a comprehensive set of recommendations for a new UN global agreement on reducing disaster risk, recognizing that most disasters in Africa are water-related and that efforts are needed to prevent conflict as part of overall efforts to build resilience to disasters.
16 May 2014 Press release

UN partners with private sector to map disaster risks for local communities

5 May 2014, ABU DHABI/GENEVA - New technologies that enable communities to visualize disaster risk and take action, are to be made available for cities worldwide as a result of collaboration between Esri and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR).
5 May 2014 Press release

Recognising resilience innovation in the Pacific

To help mark the approaching 10th anniversary of the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA), the global strategy for reducing disaster losses worldwide, the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) Sub-Regional Office for the Pacific today launched the inaugural Pacific Innovation and Leadership Award for Resilience (PILAR), a pioneering initiative in the region.
24 Apr 2014 News briefs

UNISDR welcomes Bloomberg appointment

The vital role of cities as engines of climate resilience has been recognised with the appointment of the former mayor of New York City, Michael R. Bloomberg, as Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change, by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
6 Feb 2014 News briefs

Winter wild-fires: Norway’s new risk

Freakish winter wildfires in Norway have underlined the importance of adopting a multi-hazard approach to disaster risk management in an era of changing climate.
5 Feb 2014 News briefs
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