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Uganda deploys drones to build refugee resilience

Uganda is developing base maps for refugee settlements that host thousands of people in the east African country, with the goal being to support risk-informed development and land use planning and thereby build community resilience.

15 Jun 2016 News briefs

Southern African countries set to track disaster losses

Six southern African countries have taken a key step in their efforts to implement the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, a 15-year global agreement to curb the impact of natural and man-made hazards, by starting a programme to harness data.

22 Apr 2016 News briefs

Korean children switch on to Sendai Framework

The child-friendly version of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction is to be translated into Korean following a meeting of children and youth supported by the city of Incheon with the participation of UNISDR.
1 Apr 2016 News briefs

Mexico forges ahead on Sendai implementation

Mexico is forging ahead with implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and investing heavily in resilient infrastructure. A high level delegation is visiting the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction in Geneva.

17 Mar 2016 News briefs

Bangkok Principles on health risk agreed

The Bangkok Principles were agreed today at the conclusion of the first international conference on the health aspects of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction which was attended by government officials from 54 countries.

11 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

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

Building back better with Sendai

The International Recovery Platform was established after the 2nd UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in 2005 to support implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action. The Sendai Framework has given it a new lease of life with a focus on sharing experience and lessons associated with build-back-better.

4 Feb 2016 News briefs

A new science partnership to confront disaster risk

The first UNISDR Science and Technology Conference closed today with agreement among 700 scientists and disaster risk experts to launch a new Science and Technology Partnership comprising over 65 agencies, networks and organizations.

29 Jan 2016 Press release

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

Closing statement by Dr. Robert Glasser at the UNISDR Science and Technology Conference

Closing Statement by Dr. Robert Glasser, Special Representative of the UN Secretary for Disaster Risk Reduction, at the UNISDR Science and Technology Conference on the Implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030

29 Jan 2016 Statements & speeches

Early warnings must make sense

Early warning systems are doomed to fail if they don’t make sense to the very people that they are meant to help, delegates heard today at an international conference on harnessing science and technology to implement the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

28 Jan 2016 News briefs

Opening statement by Dr. Robert Glasser at the UNISDR Science and Technology Conference

Opening Statement by Dr. Robert Glasser, Special Representative of the UN Secretary for Disaster Risk Reduction, at the UNISDR Science and Technology Conference on the Implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030
27 Jan 2016 Statements & speeches

Tribute paid to climate change scientists

The UNISDR Science and Technology Conference opened today in Geneva with a tribute by the head of UNISDR, Mr. Robert Glasser, to the hundreds of scientists who have contributed their time to ground-breaking research on climate change and its impacts.
 

27 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

ICTs and the Sendai Framework

The "2nd Global Forum on Emergency Telecommunications (GET-2016): SAVING LIVES" opens today in Kuwait and serves as an international platform to discuss international Emergency Telecommunication policy and disaster risk reduction topics. Information and Communications Technology (ICT) has a key role to play in implementing the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

26 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

How can science play a bigger part in reducing disaster risk?

When the Viceroy of Peru, Jose Antonio Mansa de Velasco, was given orders to rebuild Lima after an earthquake in October 1746, he hired the French mathematician, Louis Godin, to come up with a reconstruction plan. It was an early example of trying to “Build Back Better” as advocated for by the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction adopted by U.N. member States last year. Godin proposed to reduce vulnerability by widening streets and lowering building height.

26 Jan 2016 Statements & speeches

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

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

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

European research network maps Sendai Framework

A disaster resilience education and research Roadmap for Europe 2030 has been launched in response to the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, which was adopted by the international community in March.

22 May 2015 News briefs

UN recognition for disaster resilience apps

Software developers from around the world were recognized today at the UN Climate Summit for their ingenuity in devising life-saving apps for use in reducing the impact of extreme weather events on cities and coastal communities.
23 Sep 2014 Press release

Geneva passengers to check out the planet before take-off

As part of the build-up to the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan, next March, Geneva Airport is offering passengers the chance to engage with the planet through an inter-active digital globe, the Tangible Earth, developed by the Earth Literacy Programme at Kyoto University, Japan
19 Sep 2014 Press release

UN seeks nominations for risk reduction prize

The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) today announced it is seeking nominations for the 2015 Sasakawa Award for Disaster Risk Reduction, now in its 24th season, for individuals or groups of people providing extraordinary leadership in creating a safe, healthy, wealthy and resilient future for the planet.
23 Jun 2014 News briefs

Recognising resilience in the Pacific

A trio of creative organisations supporting the development of community resilience have been recognised for their great work in the Pacific region.
4 Jun 2014 News briefs

Satellite boosts risk monitoring

The launch of a new satellite to conduct ‘health checks’ on some of the earth’s most vulnerable and exposed regions marks a new era of disaster risk monitoring.
26 May 2014 News briefs

‘Useful and used’ data key to building resilience

The future resilience of the planet rests upon shortening the distance between emerging scientific evidence and actionable policy. A High-Level Panel, titled ‘Perspectives on the Value of Earth Observations’, agreed on the importance of the “usability of information” in the International Strategy of Disaster Reduction and other global efforts to strengthen resilience. Mr Achim Steiner, Executive Director of the UN Environmental Programme (UNEP), said collaboration and coordination was crucial: “We need to join up the dots about what we know about how resources can be used and not be used in future. “The world really is heading terribly in the wrong direction. We need to bring science to decision making. And in such a complex world, we can no longer afford the luxury of taking very narrow, specific responses.
20 Jan 2014 News briefs

Pooled knowledge key to food security

More than 100 of the world’s leading food system researchers, practitioners and policymakers heard today how dynamic new approaches are strengthening risk management and resilience. The forum, titled ‘Visualising the World’s Food Systems to Better Manage Risk and Resilience’, was told that ‘the new normal’ of fast-accelerating demand for food, energy and water in a changing climate and era of volatility had potentially devastating human and environmental consequences. As the global population grows from 7 billion to almost 9 billion by 2040, and the number of middle-class consumers increases by 3 billion over the next 20 years, the demand for resources will rise exponentially.
14 Jan 2014 News briefs

Local self-assessment leads to resilience

UNISDR’s Local Government Self-Assessment Tool (LGSAT) is an effective tool to assess a city’s institutional capacity to build resilience, a new report has found. The study said the LGSAT opened up dialogue and enabled the establishment of baseline data for the Ten Essentials of UNISDR’s Making Cities Resilient Campaign “that can be used to track progress as the cities continue to build disaster and climate resilience”. The report, titled ‘Assessing City Resilience: Lessons from using the UNISDR Local Government Self-Assessment Tool in Thailand and Vietnam’, said the LGSAT enabled local discussions to take place within an internationally-applied framework of common issues. The study looked at four cities – Hue and Lao Cai, in Vietnam, and Udon Thani and Hat Yai, in Thailand – and identified gaps between policy and practice, and between planning and implementation.
10 Jan 2014 News briefs
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