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Agenda 2030 and search for coherence

There was a wide ranging discussion on understanding disaster risk and coherence between the main framework agreements comprising the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.
23 Nov 2016 News briefs

End the tyranny of ignorance on disaster risk

UNISDR chief, Mr. Robert Glasser, today called for "an end to the tyranny of ignorance" on disaster risk during a press conference on the first day of the African Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in Mauritius.

22 Nov 2016 News briefs

Technology: the future of disaster risk reduction?

Fast-paced developments in technology have the potential to help the world rein in the impact of natural and human-induced hazards, notably when it comes to tackling urban risk.

21 Nov 2016 News briefs

Sendai benchmarks reach final stretch

Diplomats and disaster risk reduction experts today began a third and final round of talks to fix benchmarks of success in curbing the impact of natural and man-made hazards through to 2030.

14 Nov 2016 News briefs

Typhoon Haiyan memory spurs ARISE commitment

Exactly three years after the country was lashed by the deadly Typhoon Haiyan, UNISDR’s Private Sector Alliance for Disaster Resilient Societies (ARISE) network in the Philippines yesterday committed to strengthen partnerships with national and local authorities, academia and civil society as part of its ambition to reduce disaster risk in the hazard-prone country.

9 Nov 2016 News briefs

Tsunami dead remembered

The UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, Mr. Robert Glasser, initiated a minute’s silence today in remembrance of all those who have lost their lives in tsunamis as the first World Tsunami Awareness Day was commemorated on the final day of the Asian Ministerial Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction.

5 Nov 2016 News briefs

400 years of data show tsunami threat ever-present across the world

The UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, Mr. Robert Glasser, today warned against complacency in the face of the global tsunami threat which is often forgotten in parts of the world that have been affected in the distant past. The first ever World Tsunami Awareness Day is tomorrow,  5 November.

4 Nov 2016 Press release

Tsunami survivors say risk awareness is a lifesaver

One is a Czech model-turned-activist, and the other a student who hails from Spain. Their lives changed forever on 26 December 2004, when they were caught up in the tragedy of the Indian Ocean Tsunami. Both have become tireless campaigners for disaster risk reduction.

4 Nov 2016 News briefs

New Urban Agenda to reduce disaster losses

Implementation of the New Urban Agenda adopted in Quito, Ecuador, last week can make a significant contribution to reducing the scale of future disaster losses.

24 Oct 2016 News briefs

Education reduces disaster risk

Disasters present a whole host of risks for children, from threats to their health, psychosocial well-being, protection and nutrition, to disruption of education, all with potentially long-lasting consequences. However, students of all ages can participate effectively in school and community safety measures and work with teachers and other adults to minimize risk before, during and after disasters.

21 Oct 2016 News briefs

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 Press release

#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
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