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Traditional knowledge can save lives when disaster strikes

19 Sep 2008 Press release

Adapt now to rising floodwaters says UN disaster prevention body

26 Sep 2008 Press release

International Day for Disaster Reduction: UN rings the alarm on health cost of disasters

8 Oct 2008 Press release

ISDR Highlights December 08

Highlights this month include the results of the Poznań Climate Change talks, the appointment of a new Asia Pacific regional Champion for Disaster Risk Reduction, and a call by Asian Ministers for 10% of humanitarian funding to go to disaster risk reduction.
18 Dec 2008 Newsletter

Disaster deaths and economic losses jump in 2008

2008 saw a marked increase in the number of deaths and economic losses compared to the 2000-2007 yearly average, according to the Center for Research on Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED) which released the new figures today in Geneva at a joint press conference with UNISDR.
22 Jan 2009 Press release

Disaster statistics in Europe: Floods, droughts and storms are a major threat

"Europe suffers significantly from disasters in both human and economic terms. Among them, European Union countries have chalked up major losses due to climate related disasters in the last decades and have already faced major storms and severe winter conditions since January this year" said today the Belgian WHO collaborating Center for Research on Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED) in a joint press conference with the Secretariat of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR).
9 Mar 2009 Press release

Why do people die in earthquakes? Buildings are the main killers

The 6.3-magnitude quake that struck Italy early this morning is confirmation, once again that Europe is not immune from powerful earthquakes. The intensity of the Italian earthquake was 6.3 on the Richter scale comparable to the May 2006 earthquake in Indonesia island of Java, which killed more than 5000 people in the city of Yogyakarta.
6 Apr 2009 Press release

Video : 2009 Global assesment report (GAR)

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1 May 2009 News briefs

Event : 2009 Global assesment report on disaster risk reduction launch : Bangkok, Thailand : 25th May

The Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction launched for the first time internationally in Bahrain on 17-18 May by the UN Secretary General Ban Ki -moon will be launched regionally in Bangkok on 25 May 2009, at the United Nations Conference Centre, in presence of senior officials from the Regional Organisations, Government of Thailand, senior representatives from the UN Agencies, International Financial Institutions, and the Civil Society, followed by a discussion on the implications of the Reports? findings for the Asia and the Pacific.


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25 May 2009 News briefs

Governments ‘must invest today for safer tomorrow' – the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction opens in Geneva

 

The Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction opens in Geneva

Leaders and representatives from some 165 Governments gathering here today for the 2009 Global Platform on Disaster Reduction will be urged to ‘invest today for a safer tomorrow’ – or face much harder decisions in the years to come.

16 Jun 2009 News briefs

Indonesian scientist Eko Teguh Paripurno wins 2009 UN Sasakawa Award

The 2009 laureate for the Sasakawa Award for Disaster Reduction is geologist Dr Eko Teguh Paripurno. He receives the award - valued at US$ 50,000 - for his lifetime contribution and his outstanding commitment to reduce disaster risk and building capacity at the community level in Indonesia, one of the countries most vulnerable to multiple hazards.
16 Jun 2009 Press release

Global Platform for Disaster Reduction

16 Jun 2009 News briefs

The Global Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction goes carbon neutral

17 Jun 2009 News briefs

Risk reduction conference ends with call to halve disaster related deaths by 2015

 

The Global Platform ended today with participants from more than 300 regional/national organizations and governments urging political leaders to implement measures to halve the number of deaths from natural hazards by 2015.

 

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19 Jun 2009 News briefs

Chair’s Summary of the Second Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

25 Jun 2009 News briefs

BBC World Debate ‘Prevent or React’

1 Jul 2009 News briefs

G8 Summit ‘promises much’ on Disaster Risk Reduction

Leaders of the world’s eight main industrialized countries gathering for a G8 Summit meeting later this week are being urged to apply their ‘considerable influence, resources and political will’ to advance five major action points on disaster risk reduction (DRR).
7 Jul 2009 Press release

IPCC Special Report 'Managing the risks of extreme events and disasters': Nominate an author until 27 Jul 2009

15 Jul 2009 News briefs

UNISDR side event at ECOSOC 2009 - Briefing on the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

17 July 2009, Palais des Nations 1.15-2.45 pm Room XXII

The side event will brief on the outcomes of the Second Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in June 2009. It will build on the Chair’s Summary of the Global Platform and highlight the lessons, findings and recommendations from global and regional reports and the conclusions from the five high-level panels, each of which is being represented by the Panelists.

 

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17 Jul 2009 News briefs

International Conference on ‘Building a Local Government Alliance for Disaster Risk Reduction’, 11-13 August, Incheon, Republic of Korea

The international conference on ‘Building a Local Government Alliance for Disaster Risk Reduction’ is co-organized by Incheon Metropolitan City and UNISDR and will bring together 200 participants.
11 Aug 2009 News briefs

World Humanitarian Day

19 Aug 2009 News briefs

World Climate Conference - 3

28 Aug 2009 News briefs

UNISDR at World Climate Conference 3 (WCC-3)

WCC-3 focuses on how humankind can benefit from the advances in climate prediction and information services to manage climate-related risks as a way of developing resilience through adaptation. Disaster Risk Reduction is a key component of the agenda and UNISDR is directly involved in a variety of events, such as the Opening of the Conference and Plenary Session 4 on Climate Extremes, Warning Systems and Disaster Risk Reduction.
4 Sep 2009 News briefs

UN Secretary-General to convene summit on climate change - disaster risk reduction on the agenda

16 Sep 2009 News briefs

Typhoon Ondoy - Realities on the ground deserve priority for action

 

As the death toll rises in the Philippines, after Typhoon Ondoy struck the country and left the main capital Manila in havoc, poor drainage systems and garbage disposal problems appear to have aggravated the impacts of the disaster.

 

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29 Sep 2009 News briefs

2009 International Day for Disaster Reduction - 14 October

12 Oct 2009 News briefs

Maldives celebrates International Day for Disaster Reduction

School children from the Maldives will be visiting one of their native islands, Dhuvaafaru today for an awareness raising activity within the context of the International Disaster Risk Reduction Day. Dhuvaafaru was among the several islands severely affected by the 2008 tsunami.


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14 Oct 2009 News briefs

International Day for Disaster Reduction: new initiatives launched in London

The global event of the 2009 International Day for Disaster Reduction was staged at the Royal Marsden Hospital, which was severely damaged by a fire in early 2008. The meeting gathered more than 120 participants from all stakeholder groups and was hosted by the UK Health Protection Agency in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR). View full story Related links 2009 International Day for Disaster Reduction Programme of global event in London incl. slides of presentations Video recording of the London event Opening Remarks by Sir John Holmes, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator (delivered by Helena Molin Valdés, Deputy Director UNISDR)
16 Oct 2009 News briefs

New Legislation in the Philippines places Disaster Risk Reduction as the first line of defense against climate change risks

A new climate change law that fully integrates the priorities of the Hyogo Framework for Action – a ten-year blueprint for reducing risks to disasters worldwide - has been passed today by the Philippine Government to address increasing climatic risks.
23 Oct 2009 Press release

Experts and Policy Makers Gather to Discuss Critical Actions for Climate Change Adaption

 

Global experts and policy makers working on disaster risk reduction begin discussions today at the 2009 Stockholm Policy Forum on Climate-Smart Disaster Risk Reduction. The Forum aims to address the issue of reducing risks associated with weather-related hazards, a key component of climate change adaptation. The Forum will also identify promising practices and critical actions for post-Copenhagen implementation of adaptation.

 

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26 Oct 2009 News briefs
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