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UNISDR chief welcomes initiative on climate services

UNISDR Chief Margareta Wahlstrom spoke to the opening session of this week's extraordinary session of the World Meteorological Congress which is discussing the implementation plan and governance model for the Global Framework for Climate Services.
31 Oct 2012 News briefs

Hurricane Sandy underlines global threat of climate change and more extreme events says UNISDR

Margareta Wahlström, the UN Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, today said that the economic losses inflicted on the US and Caribbean island states by Hurricane Sandy underlined the growing threat posed by extreme natural hazards to the world economy.
31 Oct 2012 Press release

Disasters are "greatest threats to our national security"

The President of the Republic of Indonesia, Dr. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, made a keynote address to last week's 5th Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, in which he explained why his administration has made "disaster reduction our top national priority."
29 Oct 2012 News briefs

UN report finds disasters taking heavy toll on economic development in Asia-Pacific

A UN Report released today at the opening of the Fifth Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk reduction shows that Asia and the Pacific is paying a huge price for extreme weather events which are now impacting negatively on the continent's economic development.
23 Oct 2012 Press release

2nd session of the African Ministerial Conference on Meteorology (AMCOMET) - Statement by Margareta Wahlström

First of all let me convey my gratitude to the Government of Zimbabwe for hosting this conference and to the organisers for their work. This event is an important step towards linking climate services to the needs of end users, mainly development actors, disaster risk managers and communities, in order to anticipate disasters and future changing climate. Climate science shall provide evidence and help inform decision makers to adapt to the expected changes and reduce related risks.
15 Oct 2012 Statements & speeches

IDDR 2012 - Putting women and girls on the map

On 13 October, the International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR) will be an occasion to pay tribute to millions of girls and women around the world who are on the frontline making their communities and societies resilient to the impacts of disasters and the effects of climate change.
5 Oct 2012 News briefs

New survey on climate change adaptation in Europe

There are strong links between climate change adaptation (CCA) and disaster risk reduction (DRR) across several European countries according to the results of a survey presented by a Working Group on Climate Change Adaptation, chaired by Norway, at the European Forum on Disaster Risk Reduction in Croatia this week.
4 Oct 2012 News briefs

Gothenburg becomes 400th European city to join UN campaign to protect cities

The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) today welcomed Sweden's second largest city, Gothenburg, into the global "Making Cities Resilient" Campaign, a two-year old campaign to protect lives and reduce economic losses from disasters in urban settings.
4 Sep 2012 Press release

Building resilience to disasters in Western Balkans and Turkey

The United Nations, European Commission and national authorities have launched a new project in the Western Balkans and Turkey that will reduce disaster risks and increase resilience to climate change.
30 Aug 2012 Press release

Call for better planning in wake of Manila floods

Even by the standards of one of the world's most disaster-prone countries, the August floods which hit Manila and other parts of the Philippines have been devastating. Latest reports indicate that four million people have been affected and as many as one million people are living with relatives or in evacuation centres.
23 Aug 2012 News briefs

Climate migrants risk more harm in new surroundings

The Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK Government, Sir John Beddington, recently spoke to UNISDR about how migration triggered by natural hazards is actually taking people into areas of increasing vulnerability.
21 Aug 2012 News briefs

Indigenous people threatened by Mexico's worst drought in 70 years

Mexico is in the grips of one of the worst droughts in 70 years - a catastrophe which has devastated agricultural production for over one year now. According to the National Water Commission the prolonged drought has affected 70 percent of the country and decimated agriculture in the states of Aguascalientes, Coahuila, Durango, San Luis Potosí, Sonora, Tamaulipas, and Zacatecas, among others.
14 Aug 2012 News briefs

Unplanned urbanization increasing flood impacts

Following 12 days of rains brought on by seasonal southwest monsoons, there are signs that the chronic floods which have submerged 50 percent of Manila as well as nearby areas are abating.
9 Aug 2012 News briefs

UNISDR champion applauds African Union for decision on disaster insurance

UNISDR Parliamentary Champion for Disaster Risk Reduction, Abdou Sané, Member of Parliament from Senegal, recently welcomed the African Union's decision to establish an African Risk Capacity Secretariat - a specialized agency of the African Union which will help elaborate a legal agreement on a pooled risk insurance facility for droughts, floods, earthquakes and cyclones.
6 Aug 2012 News briefs

UNISDR reports on record-breaking year

UNISDR's 2011 Annual Report is now available online and reveals that its two landmark Global Assessment Reports on Disaster Risk Reduction Reports (GAR) for 2009 and 2011, have had over 200,000 chapter downloads over the last three years.
18 Jul 2012 News briefs

Rio’s call to action on disaster risk reduction

The largest UN summit ever organized closes today with an urgent worldwide call for accelerated implementation of the international blueprint for disaster risk reduction agreed by all UN member States seven years ago.
22 Jun 2012 News briefs

Top scientist appeals for better communication of risk

The UK's Chief Scientific Adviser, Sir John Beddington, used yesterday's UNISDR "Resilient Cities" event at Rio+20 to make an urgent appeal for scientists to use plain language if they are to play a larger role in policymaking on climate change.
21 Jun 2012 News briefs

UNISDR counts the cost of 20 years of inaction on climate change and risk reduction

The UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, Margareta Wahlström, today urged UN member States to face up to the realities of the economic and human impact of disasters since the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro twenty years ago.
13 Jun 2012 Press release

Copenhagen joins UNISDR campaign after '1,000-year' flood

The Danish capital, Copenhagen, is the latest city to join the United Nation's Making Cities Resilient Campaign: “My city is getting ready!” which has enlisted over 1,100 member towns and cities since its launch in 2010.
24 May 2012 Press release

Cities connect climate change with rise in disasters

Over the last five years economic losses due to disasters reached over $800 billion worldwide and a new report, published this week, found that 81% of surveyed cities experienced an increase in natural hazards over the same period.
16 May 2012 News briefs

Cities push for resilience as global disaster losses hit $500 billion

Addressing city leaders at the 2012 Resilient Cities Congress, the UN's top disaster risk reduction official Margareta Wahlström today launched a new phase of the Making Cities Resilient campaign which now includes 1,020 cities around the globe.
14 May 2012 Press release

Cities 'going it alone' on climate change adaptation

A new survey by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability, shows that 68% of cities are pursuing adaption planning for climate change but "only 7 per cent of cities surveyed believe that their national governments fully understand the realities of adaptation planning at the local level."
14 May 2012 News briefs

IPCC climate change report gets European launch

The UN Special Representative of the Secretary General for disaster risk reduction, Margareta Wahlström, has urged governments to commit resources to building national disaster loss data bases so they can better target spending on infrastructure to avoid recurring losses and damages.
11 May 2012 News briefs

UNISDR backs European cities climate adaptation project

UNISDR today backed a newly launched project from the European Commission, Adaptation Strategies for European Cities, designed to provide capacity building and support for European cities in developing and implementing an adaptation strategy for climate change.
3 May 2012 News briefs

Connect the dots for climate change this Saturday

This Saturday, from drought-stricken Mongolia to Himalayan communities threatened by glacial melt, Climatedots.org will bring people together to hold rallies and remind everyone of the extreme weather events that are happening in their communities because of climate change.
2 May 2012 News briefs

Expert talks about new flood risk guide

"Cities and Flooding: A Guide to Integrated Urban Flood Risk Management for the 21st Century" has just been published by the World Bank and the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery.
1 May 2012 News briefs

Floods becoming more dangerous, more costly, says World Bank

A new guide launched at the WMO HQ this week warns that urban flooding is "becoming more dangerous and more costly to manage because of the sheer size of the population exposed within urban settlements."
27 Apr 2012 News briefs

Cambodia learning lessons from floods, says UNISDR Chief

Nineteen year old Ien Sophorn heads a children's council in Cambodia that works with the Srei Nam Provincial Committee of Disaster Management to raise awareness on climate change adaptation.
26 Apr 2012 News briefs

Americans report feeling impact of climate change

A new study finds that 51 percent of Americans believe that extreme weather will cause a natural disaster in their own community in the next year.
25 Apr 2012 News briefs

Writeshops successfully mentor young researchers

Yuwan Malakar has good reason to be focused and driven these days. The 30-year old environmental management major from Nepal has just had his first paper on climate change adaptation (CCA) and disaster risk reduction (DRR) published in one of the highly respected online journals of the Policy Studies Organization.
19 Apr 2012 News briefs
The United Nations General Assembly requested UNISDR to facilitate the development of a post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction The United Nations General Assembly requested UNISDR to facilitate the development of a post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction.
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