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Call for innovative resilience financing to support sustainable cities

A high level panel has called for innovative approaches to increase financing so that cities become resilient to natural and man-made hazards and other shocks.

18 Oct 2016 News briefs

Mongolian cities tackle disaster risk

Curbing deaths from disasters requires local authorities and other community partners to raise their capacity to manage risks and thereby ensure safe and sustainable development for their citizens. In Mongolia, the government has committed not only to national action but also to fostering cities’ capacity.

14 Oct 2016 News briefs

#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: Europe steps up local government risk efforts

The European Union's assembly of regional and local representatives , the Committee of the Regions,  today cemented its collaboration with the United Nations as the globe marked International Day for Disaster Reduction.

13 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

Tsunami drill teaches Seychelles life-saving lessons

A multinational tsunami drill in the Indian Ocean has taught Seychelles key lessons about how to save lives in the event that a potentially deadly wave strikes in the future, according to senior officials in the island nation.

2 Oct 2016 News briefs

Senegal embraces technology in disaster risk reduction

The government of Senegal is harnessing cutting-edge information and communications technology to manage and reduce disaster risk, with the aim of curbing deaths and economic losses caused by natural and man-made hazards in the West African nation.

19 Sep 2016 News briefs

Italy commits to long-term earthquake preparedness

A week ago today, Italy was struck by a 6.2 earthquake which has claimed at least 292 lives. The Italian Prime Minister, Mr. Matteo Renzi, has announced that a new national earthquake preparedness plan is under preparation.

31 Aug 2016 News briefs

France responds to heatwaves

France has been battling heatwaves and wildfires this summer. Météo France issued an alert yesterday for 14 departments.

24 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

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

Mall giant SM Prime spotlights persons with disabilities, seniors

Key UNISDR private sector partner SM Prime Holdings, Inc., the largest mall operator and developer in the Philippines, has spotlighted the importance of including persons with disabilities and senior citizens in disaster risk reduction efforts.

22 Jul 2016 News briefs

EU provides €6 million to make vulnerable cities resilient to disasters

The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) aim to reduce disaster losses in some of the world’s most hazard prone cities with the initial aid of a €6 million grant from the EU, over the next three years.

1 Jul 2016 Press release

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

Americas region steps up risk reduction drive

The Americas have reached a new level in their drive to curb disaster risk in one of the most hazard-exposed regions of the world, UNISDR’s head Mr. Robert Glasser has told ministerial talks hosted by Paraguay.

9 Jun 2016 News briefs

Speech by Robert Glasser on implementing the Sendai Framework in the Americas

This meeting marks the beginning of a new phase in the region’s growing sophistication when it comes to strengthening disaster risk governance and ensuring that risk informed decision making becomes part of the daily life of government.

8 Jun 2016 News briefs

UN recognises French flood control efforts

France enacted a major 11 day flood preparedness and response exercise in March, just over two months before it was hit by severe floods.

7 Jun 2016 Press release

Disaster risk reduction champion to inspire Asia

India’s UN Champion for Disaster Risk Reduction is confident his country will seize the huge opportunity of building sustainable and resilient development in the world’s second-most populous country.

6 Jun 2016 News briefs

Paris on major flood alert

Officials in Paris have closed two of the world’s most famous museums as the river Seine rose above its preliminary alert level of five metres yesterday evoking fears of a repeat of the catastrophic floods of 1910.

3 Jun 2016 News briefs

UN and businesses team up to prevent and respond to crises

A major global network launches today at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul to facilitate business engagement in crisis situations through pre-positioning supplies, meeting humanitarian needs and providing resources, knowledge and expertise to disaster prevention.

24 May 2016 Press release

Kampala strives to improve resilience

Authorities in Uganda’s capital city are prioritising infrastructure development, climate-smart capital investment procedures and emissions reduction in order to strengthen the city’s resilience to natural and man-made hazards.

17 May 2016 News briefs

Kenyan city pilots Sendai risk monitoring

The Kenyan city of Kisumu is pioneering local-level implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction in Africa, underlining its determination to find sustainable solutions to the challenge of rapid urbanization and a changing climate.

29 Apr 2016 News briefs

One year after: Nepal starts to build back better

One of the world’s most ambitious low-cost housing reconstruction programmes ever to be undertaken in a seismic zone is due to get underway this week following the first anniversary of the April 25 Nepal earthquake.

28 Apr 2016 News briefs

One Year On: Learning from the Nepal Earthquake

A month after a new global plan was adopted to reduce disaster losses at a UN Conference in Japan last year, the 7.8 magnitude Nepal earthquake struck, reminding the world again why action on reducing disaster losses is so critical for sustainable development in low-income countries.

26 Apr 2016 Statements & speeches

Nepal quake anniversary underlines need to build back better

The head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, Mr. Robert Glasser, today marked the anniversary of the 7.8 magnitude earthquake which struck Nepal last year with a call for greater investment in resilient infrastructure if the death toll from future earthquakes is to be reduced.

25 Apr 2016 Press release

How can we make earthquakes less deadly?

A four-storey hotel collapses, killing a family of four who were bringing a precious daughter to start her first year at medical school. Across Ecuador and Japan, hundreds of thousands are left homeless. Bridges have collapsed. Roads are torn to shreds and blocked by landslides. Farmland is churned back to raw earth.

20 Apr 2016 Statements & speeches

Seismic safety is a matter of life and death

The hundreds of deaths in Ecuador and the dozens of victims in Japan are a stark reminder of a basic fact about earthquakes: it is buildings, and not the shake itself, that claim most lives.

19 Apr 2016 News briefs

World Tsunami Awareness Day launch in New York

World Tsunami Awareness Day will be commemorated this year for the first time, and every year thereafter, on 5 November. The Japanese Permanent Mission at the UN in New York marked the launch with an event which also marked the first anniversary of the adoption of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

31 Mar 2016 News briefs
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