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American industry launches UN backed network to build resilience to disasters

International Day for Disaster Reduction was marked by American industry with the launch of a new initiative, ARISE-US to raise disaster awareness in the private sector.

13 Oct 2017 Press release

Tsunami and earthquake risk on agenda at UN Open Day in Geneva

Earthquakes and tsunami may be rare events in Switzerland but they can happen. In 563, a mudslide triggered a tsunami in Lac Leman (Geneva's lake) creating waves which reached around 8 meters in Geneva and 13 meters in Lausanne.
6 Oct 2017 News briefs

Media call for bigger disaster risk reduction role

International broadcasting federations have vowed to step up their work to spread information about disaster risk reduction to their audiences, thereby giving a critical boost to efforts by governments.

2 Jun 2017 News briefs

From Ghost Town to Sue Nami: art and disaster prevention

The sound of a brass band cover of the iconic song Ghost Town and the sharp-tongued advice of human hazard Sue Nami have echoed in the packed halls of the 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, thanks to an art installation that aims to entertain and spark debate.

26 May 2017 News briefs

Early warning where there is no internet

Living on an island in the middle of the ocean with no internet, television or mobile phones is a real-life disaster risk nightmare for one Pacific nation. Yet, the prospect of reaching the last mile – a phrase with true meaning in this part of the world – has inspired the tiny band of disaster risk reduction policymakers and practitioners of Tuvalu to establish an early warning system to protect some of the world’s most isolated communities.
23 May 2017 News briefs

Philippines to ratify Paris Agreement

UNISDR Global Champion for Resilience, Senator Loren Legarda, is seeking unanimous approval tomorrow of a Resolution which would see the Philippines ratify the Paris Agreement on climate change.

13 Mar 2017 News briefs

International Women's Day: UN call for greater role for women in disaster risk management

"Too few countries in disaster-prone parts of the world have a clear understanding of how gender inequality contributes to higher death rates among women and girls in disasters," says UNISDR chief, Mr. Robert Glasser, on International Women's Day.

8 Mar 2017 Press release

DRR critical to $2.7 bn Haiti recovery effort

The 5th Regional Platform for the Americas opens in Montreal next Tuesday. Hurricane Matthew affected several countries in the Region but none worse than Haiti. The three year recovery effort comes with a price tag of US$2.72 billion following losses estimated at US$2.8 billion.

3 Mar 2017 News briefs

Czech switch to Sendai Framework

In the build-up to the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction which takes place in Cancun, Mexico, from May 22 to 26, the UNISDR Support Group is hearing presentations on progress in implementing the Sendai Framework including the Czech Republic.

27 Feb 2017 News briefs

Bridging the 'last mile' in risk awareness

Countries around the world need to bridge gaps in public understanding of disaster risk, otherwise they will keep facing human and economic blows, according to experts at an international conference.

13 Dec 2016 News briefs

Thailand’s ‘Madam Disaster’ champions risk reduction

Asia’s most prolific disaster risk reduction journalist has urged media colleagues from 12 other countries to move beyond simply describing events and instead help their audiences better protect themselves from various hazards.

16 Nov 2016 News briefs

Tales of resilience scoop film awards

Three films of human resilience in an era of increasing disaster risk and a changing climate have scooped the main prizes at a prestigious awards ceremony. The documentaries – from Vietnam, Indonesia and India – were honoured for their insightful journalism and compelling tales of local innovation at the closing of the Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction 2016.

5 Nov 2016 News briefs

Seychelles media on "tsunami" alert

There are parliamentary elections in the Seychelles this week but the national media are still making it a priority to participate in a major Indian Ocean tsunami drill which gets underway tomorrow.

6 Sep 2016 News briefs

China National Radio takes on disaster risk

China National Radio has the largest radio listenership in the world, an audience of 700 million. A visiting delegation from the radio station met today with UNISDR and revealed plans to focus more on disaster risk reduction.

29 Aug 2016 News briefs

Asian media back Sendai Framework

The powerful Asia Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) has issued a pledge to support a key priority of the Sendai Framework and to promote a greater understanding of disaster risk among the public with particular focus on vulnerable groups.

13 May 2016 News briefs

Caribbean’s new disaster risk awards

The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency is introducing a new awards scheme to recognise distinction in reducing disaster risk including the Jeremy Collymore Award for Research in Disaster Response and Disaster Risk Management.

18 Jan 2016 News briefs

New steps for disaster risk awareness

An international conference has agreed to step up efforts to increase public awareness of how to curb the impact of natural and man-made hazards, spurring the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

18 Dec 2015 News briefs

Getting the media onside for Sendai

Getting the media involved in raising public awareness about how to reduce the impact of natural and man-made hazards will be critical to the success of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, participants at a global conference said on Tuesday.

15 Dec 2015 News briefs

Georgian media talk disaster risk

Reporters from main TV, radio and print media organisations in Georgia met over the weekend to discuss reporting on disasters as part of a growing global effort to improve disaster risk communication as called for in the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, adopted earlier this year.
9 Nov 2015 News briefs

Sendai Framework action under way

UNISDR has added new momentum to the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, a 15-year international plan to curb deaths and economic damage caused by natural and man-made hazards.

18 Aug 2015 News briefs

Comics power DRR in Nicaragua

Volunteers in Nicaragua are deploying the graphic power of comics to spread the message that disasters are not natural but a result of the collective failure of communities to cope with hazards.
29 Jun 2015 News briefs

Global broadcasters push for DRR in Sendai

Four broadcasting unions whose membership spans Africa, Arab states, the Asia-Pacific region and Europe have vowed to push for greater media involvement in disaster risk reduction, given their crucial role as a conduit of information to the public.
17 Mar 2015 News briefs

‘Rebuilding Sichuan’ scoops DRR film award

The documentary ‘Rebuilding Sichuan’ today scooped the top prize in the first International Awards for the Best TV Documentaries on Disaster Risk Reduction.
16 Mar 2015 News briefs

ASEAN push for DRR journalism syllabus

As the Philippines continued its recovery from Typhoon Hagupit which killed more than 27 people over the weekend, thirty representatives of journalism schools from the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Cambodia, Lao PDR and Myanmar met for two days in Manila to discuss how to integrate disaster risk reduction into training for journalists in ASEAN countries.
10 Dec 2014 News briefs

UNISDR partners with ABU and EBU to encourage more TV productions on DRR

To celebrate its global alliance with TV broadcasters and the role they played in the past ten years to advance the disaster risk reduction agenda, the UN office for Disaster Risk Reduction is teaming up with the Asian Broadcasting Union (ABU) and the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and launching its first Disaster Risk Reduction Documentary Award.
31 Jul 2014 Press release

Haiyan tale scoops film award

“Their houses may fall, their businesses may be lost, but, by God, the men of Guiuan will look good.”
26 Jun 2014 News briefs

Thai PBS scoops inaugural DRR media award

Every Saturday afternoon at 5pm, up to 10 million people tune into what is probably the world’s most popular television programme on disaster risk reduction.
25 Jun 2014 News briefs

New Zealand’s first disaster comms conference

Australia’s Emergency Media and Public Affairs (EMPA) organization was born out of a desire to share lessons learned after Cyclone Larry in 2006 and it has been doing that every year since in unique style through its annual conferences.
22 May 2014 News briefs

UNISDR launches new video competition

The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) is launching a new video clip competition under the theme “Promoting Investments for Resilient Nations and Communities”. The initiative, in partnership with the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) of Thailand and Thai Public Broadcasting Service, follows the success of the Film Festival at the Fifth Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, in Indonesia, in October 2012. “We invite all participants, youth, students, media, film makers, experts and the general public to participate in the video competition and to see how they view disaster risk reduction issues. Their voice matters to us especially now we are discussing the successor of the Hyogo Framework for Action” said Brigitte Leoni of the UNISDR Asia Pacific office.
25 Nov 2013 News briefs

Millions back 'Disability is not Inability' message

One tweet on 13 October this year, "Disability is not inability! I am supporting this year's International Day for Disaster Reduction", was the simple message that galvanized over five million people all over the world on social media around the critical issue of persons living with disabilities and disasters.
28 Oct 2013 News briefs
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