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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

World salutes Sendai Framework

The international community today celebrated the first anniversary of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the world’s most comprehensive blueprint for curbing the impact of natural and man-made hazards, with 20 million people taking to social media to mark the occasion.

18 Mar 2016 News briefs

Embedding resilience in Australia

Australian businesses are coming together to improve community safety and outcomes following natural disasters in a country that is confronted reguarly by events such as bushfires, floods, cyclones and severe storm activity.

16 Mar 2016 News briefs

Fifth anniversary of tsunami underlines risk of complex disasters

The head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, Mr. Robert Glasser, today attended the fifth anniversary memorial service for those who lost their lives in the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami of March 11, 2011.

11 Mar 2016 Press release

WHO and UNISDR issue appeal on health at Sendai Framework conference

The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction and the World Health Organization today issued an appeal for national disaster management agencies to develop their preparedness and response capacities to include health emergencies alongside earthquakes, floods and storms as a top priority.

10 Mar 2016 Press release

Opening remarks by Robert Glasser at the International Conference on the Implementation of the Health Aspects of the Sendai Framework

The Sendai Framework aims to achieve a substantial reduction of disaster risk and losses in lives, livelihoods and health. It is fully aligned with the International Health Regulations, which aim to help the international community prevent and respond to acute public health risks that have the potential to cross borders and threaten people worldwide.

10 Mar 2016 News briefs

UN Secretary-General's message on the fifth anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

On this solemn day of remembrance, I would like once again to extend my condolences, and those of the whole United Nations system, to the people of Japan and especially to those who lost loved ones in the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami on 11 March, 2011.

10 Mar 2016 Statements & speeches

Africa highlights sustainable urbanisation

Delegates from across Africa have met to identify the continent’s priorities for sustainable urban development, addressing a critical component of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

9 Mar 2016 News briefs

Christchurch re-born after five years

Five years after it was devastated by two major earthquakes, Christchurch, New Zealand, is continuing its transformation into one of the world’s most resilient cities with much to share with other urban centers on how to reduce disaster risk in an earthquake zone. UNISDR head, Mr. Robert Glasser, had a briefing today from government minister and Christchurch MP, Ms. NickyWagner.

4 Mar 2016 News briefs

UNISDR commends Fiji Government for its state of preparedness in face of Cyclone Winston

The head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, Mr. Robert Glasser, today extended his condolences to Fiji on the loss of life from Cyclone Winston and commended the government for its efforts to reduce mortality and the numbers of people affected by the strongest cyclone ever to hit the Pacific country.

22 Feb 2016 Press release

Data curbs earthquake risk in Armenia

In a country that suffered a devastating earthquake almost three decades ago, private sector researchers are helping to implement the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction by harnessing data to lessen the impact of future shakes.

16 Feb 2016 News briefs

Scientists pledge Sendai action

Hundreds of scientists and policymakers today pledged to step up action on the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, a 15-year global agreement that aims to curb deaths and economic losses from natural and man-made hazards.

29 Jan 2016 News briefs

Break silos to curb risk

Breaking the silos between a plethora of agencies is a critical tool to help curb the threat of natural and man-made hazards, delegates heard today at a global conference on using science to implement the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

27 Jan 2016 News briefs

Science vital to managing disaster risk

On the eve of the first-ever gathering of scientists to discuss disaster risk management, the head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, Dr. Robert Glasser, today said: “Government leaders and decision makers should give greater attention to the science on disaster risk and climate change to reduce exposure to extreme disaster events and to promote sustainable development.

26 Jan 2016 Press release

Science helps understand landslide risk

Down in the depths of a cutting-edge lab in this English university city, scientists are working to rein in the risk posed by landslides around the globe.

15 Jan 2016 News briefs

Sendai Framework key for local resilience in Africa

Disasters in Sub-Saharan Africa are increasing in frequency, severity and impacts, and the continent’s rapid urban growth means that risk-sensitive development is crucial, according to participants at an international conference.

5 Jan 2016 News briefs

India responds to quake

India’s Minister of State for Home Affairs and UNISDR Champion, Mr Kiren Rijiju, was today on his way to the country’s north-east to oversee initial rescue and relief efforts hours after a 6.7 magnitude earthquake rocked the area.

4 Jan 2016 News briefs

Appliance of science key to disaster risk reduction

Hundreds of science and technology specialists from around the globe will come together next month to harness their expertise to help reduce disaster risk.

30 Dec 2015 News briefs

UNISDR Chief welcomes World Tsunami Awareness Day

The head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, Margareta Wahlström, today welcomed the passing of a resolution yesterday by the UN General Assembly which recognizes November 5 as World Tsunami Awareness Day. The resolution was led by Japan and Chile.


23 Dec 2015 Press release

Louvre Museum works to fend off floods

Home to the Mona Lisa, the Venus de Milo and other priceless masterpieces, the world-famous Louvre Museum is all too aware of the need to fend off natural hazards.

10 Dec 2015 News briefs

Central Java acts on forest fires

Thirty-five cities and districts in one of the world’s most disaster-exposed countries, Indonesia, have come together to declare their commitment to reduce disaster risk following months of devastating forest fires which have released huge quantities of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.

3 Dec 2015 News briefs

Regional role model spurs cities in Central Asia, South Caucasus

A global campaign that unites almost 3,000 cities dedicated to reducing urban disaster risk has sharpened its focus on Central Asia and the South Caucasus thanks to a regional role model.

12 Nov 2015 News briefs

Central Asia, South Caucasus craft Sendai roadmap

Officials from Central Asia and the South Caucasus have come together to craft a roadmap to make the region’s cities more resilient by implementing the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

11 Nov 2015 News briefs

Vanuatu builds resilience

The Lord Mayor of Cyclone-hit Port Vila says the word ‘resilience’ now carries real meaning on the streets of the Vanuatu capital, an achievement he cites as one of the proudest of his time in office.
29 Oct 2015 News briefs

Community solidarity in East Salford

The UK community of East Salford has over 1,400 homes and 500 businesses in Lower Broughton and Lower Kersal – all of which are at risk of flooding from the River Irwell. Salford has a long history of flooding , notably in 1946, 1954 and 1980.

13 Oct 2015 News briefs

First step to implementing Sendai Framework is to understand risks

I am pleased to be here today at the opening of the 6th annual meeting of the European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction – a key regional platform in the wake of the Third UN World Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan in March 2015. I want to sincerely thank the Government of France and Minister Royale for hosting the event in Paris as well as for their continued engagement with UNISDR.

7 Oct 2015 Statements & speeches

Europe starts Sendai roadmap talks

European countries has begun three days’ of talks that will play a key role in driving forward the continent’s implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

7 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

Cuban students win DRR design award

A group of Cuban students has won an international prize awarded to budding architects who deploy their talents to reduce the risk of disasters.

21 Aug 2015 News briefs
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