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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

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

Curbing disaster risk key for aid

Disaster risk reduction needs to be included squarely in humanitarian aid programmes and development policies, given its power to save lives and money, delegates at the United Nations sustainable development summit heard today.

26 Sep 2015 News briefs

DRR is in sustainability's DNA

Efforts to reduce the threat posed by natural and man-made hazards will get a fresh boost this weekend when world leaders adopt a new global sustainable development agenda that aims to eradicate extreme poverty, promote prosperity and people’s well-being, while protecting the environment.

24 Sep 2015 News briefs

Parliamentarians key DRR actors - UN SG

The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction is “a fundamental stepping stone marking this year of global action for people and the planet,” according to UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon in remarks to a gathering of Speakers of Parliament from around the world.
2 Sep 2015 News briefs

Sendai Framework influence on new SDGs

Key references to the recent Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction are contained in the draft outcome document that will constitute the new sustainable development agenda, which will be formally adopted by world leaders in New York this September.

3 Aug 2015 News briefs

Paris call to conscience on climate

UNISDR’s Champion for Disaster Risk Reduction in Asia, Senator Loren Legarda, declared the willingness of the Philippines to lead the fight to combat climate change during this week’s Summit of the Consciences for the Climate in Paris, France.
23 Jul 2015 News briefs

Major EU boost for disaster risk management In Africa

Details of an €80 million package of support from the European Union to disaster risk management across sub-Saharan Africa over the next five years, were unveiled today at the Third International Conference on Financing for Development.

14 Jul 2015 Press release

Sendai monitoring can support SDGs

As this September’s anticipated UN Summit to adopt the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) draws near, intergovernmental discussions in New York are focusing on how their implementation will be measured and tracked.
8 Jul 2015 News briefs

Development financing must be risk-informed

World leaders will gather in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, next month to focus on the issue of global development financing. The Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD3) is another key milestone in the post-2015 development agenda aimed at reducing extreme poverty by 2030.
17 Jun 2015 News briefs

Sendai Framework takes root in Central Asia

Those who doubt that the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction translates into a useful policy document at the grassroots level should take a trip to Karakol, in North-eastern Kyrgyzstan, and spend some time with the city’s Mayor Ryskul Urkalyevich Kalygulov.
11 Jun 2015 News briefs

Arab Region backs DRR in SDGs

More than 300 Arab government representatives from the finance, economic, social, environment and technology sectors have developed a regional position for the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals due to be adopted at a UN summit this September.

13 May 2015 News briefs

‘Our voice has been heard in Sendai’

The new Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction is built on inclusion and highlights the important role of children and young people as “agents of change.”
26 Mar 2015 News briefs

Historic framework adopted

eath and destruction from earthquakes, extreme weather and other hazards around the world would be decreased significantly by 2030 according to goals set today by countries meeting at the Third World Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction, which closed this evening in Sendai, Japan.
24 Mar 2015 News briefs

SRSG Margareta Wahlström's closing remarks at the WCDRR

I am honoured to be with you here today with you at the closing of the Third United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction. This has been an important journey to get here and today has been a very interesting day, and it ended extremely well. I wish to thank you for the time, energy, and thoughtfulness you put to conclude this work.
19 Mar 2015 Statements & speeches

Inclusion builds resilience

‘Inclusion builds resilience’ is the clear message from persons with disabilities to the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction.
18 Mar 2015 News briefs

World Conference adopts new international framework for disaster risk reduction after marathon negotiations

Representatives from 187 UN member States today adopted the first major agreement of the Post-2015 development agenda, a far reaching new framework for disaster risk reduction with seven targets and four priorities for action.
18 Mar 2015 Press release

UN SG meets with global champions

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon paid tribute today to a group of former and serving politicians who are championing disaster risk reduction and thereby striving to save lives and prevent economic losses.
15 Mar 2015 News briefs

Japan launches US$4 billion Sendai Cooperation Initiative as Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction opens

The Japanese Prime Minister, Mr. Shinzo Abe, today pledged $US 4 billion to support implementation of the “Sendai Cooperation Initiative for Disaster Risk Reduction” over the next four years.
14 Mar 2015 Press release

UN Secretary-General calls for massive investment in disaster risk reduction

The UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, today opened the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, stating that annual economic losses now exceed US$ 300 billion annually.
14 Mar 2015 Press release

ISO standard to disaster-proof cities announced at UN conference

The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) today agreed to help pioneer a new ISO Standard in 45 cities already recognized for their commitment to keeping their citizens safe from a range of natural hazards including floods, storms and earthquakes.
13 Mar 2015 Press release

World gathers in Japan to agree on how to manage disaster risk

The world gathers this weekend in Sendai, Japan, for the third time in 21 years to agree on a new framework for managing disaster risk which will reduce mortality and economic losses.
13 Mar 2015 Press release

Japan tsunami remembered on eve of World Conference on Disaster Risk

The Head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), Margareta Wahlström, today took part in the solemn remembrance ceremony in Tokyo for all those who died in the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami which occurred on March 11, 2011.
11 Mar 2015 Press release

UN Secretary-General’s breakfast of champions in Sendai

The UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, will personally welcome the former President of Finland, Ms. Tarja Halonen, as the third UN Global Champion for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) when he shares breakfast on Sunday with DRR advocates from around the world in Sendai, Japan, at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction www.wcdrr.org
10 Mar 2015 Press release

UN Secretary-General: World threatened by dangerous and unacceptable levels of risk from disasters

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today warned that “growing global inequality, increasing exposure to natural hazards, rapid urbanization and the overconsumption of energy and natural resources threaten to drive risk to dangerous and unpredictable levels with systemic global impacts.”
4 Mar 2015 Press release

Inclusion, coordination in focus as Sendai looms

More inclusion and better coordination are needed to boost future efforts to strengthen resilience, according to disaster risk experts from Asia and Europe.
3 Mar 2015 News briefs

GAR15 to seek fresh start

In 2009, four years into the life of the global blueprint for disaster risk management, the Hyogo Framework for Action, the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction launched the first Global Assessment Report for Disaster Risk Reduction, GAR09.
23 Feb 2015 News briefs

32 days to go before the WCDRR

Margareta Wahlström, the UN Head of the Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) met yesterday with the Prime Minister of Japan Mr. Shinzo Abe in Tokyo and discussed with him the preparations for the next UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction that will be hosted by Japan in Sendai from 14 to 18 March.
10 Feb 2015 Press release

Key role for health in new HFA

Efforts to finalise the successor to the world’s most encompassing framework on disaster risk reduction have taken a leap forward, with the issue of health taking it into new territory.
4 Feb 2015 News briefs

The Year of Resilience

Ten years ago this month, representatives from 168 United Nations member states met in Kobe, the capital of Japan’s Hyogo Prefecture, to decide how to manage risk better in the wake of the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami, which claimed more than 227,000 lives. Over five days, which included the anniversary of the 1995 Kobe earthquake, they crafted the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA), composed of a raft of measures designed to “reduce the losses in lives and social, economic, and environmental assets of communities and countries.”
22 Jan 2015 Statements & speeches
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