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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

UN Secretary-General marks 10th Anniversary of Hyogo Framework for Action

Ten years ago today, just four weeks after the Indian Ocean Tsunami claimed over 227,000 lives, representatives of 168 member UN states meeting in Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan, adopted a global plan for managing disaster risk: the Hyogo Framework for Action (2005-2015): Building the Resilience of Nations and Communities to Disasters.
22 Jan 2015 Press release

DRR negotiations resume next week

The draft programme for the first global conference on disasters in ten years has been published by UNISDR ahead of negotiations next week in Geneva on a post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction, the first of three interlocking international agreements expected this year.
9 Jan 2015 News briefs

Tsunami commemoration paves way for World Conference

The Indian Ocean Tsunami of 2004 was the springboard for an international accord on reducing disaster risks, the Hyogo Framework for Action, which was adopted just weeks later.
3 Jan 2015 News briefs

Brazil’s São Paulo State recognized by UN for pioneering work in building urban resilience to disasters

UNISDR’s Making Cities Resilient Campaign usually recognizes exceptional performance by cities and towns in disaster risk management but today it granted role model status to São Paulo State, Brazil, for its ability to mobilise 211 cities and towns in the populous state to join the Campaign.
3 Dec 2014 Press release

Crab risk reduction in Bangladesh!

The Hyogo Framework for Action has been an important guide to disaster risk managers working to build resilience on one of the world’s most exposed and vulnerable coasts.
27 Nov 2014 News briefs

Negotiations continue on new DRR framework

Work is to continue on the negotiation of the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction following two days of debate and discussion at the 2nd Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) for the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction which concluded in Geneva yesterday evening.
20 Nov 2014 News briefs

Seven targets being considered for new HFA

An informal Working Group on Targets and Indicators for the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction provided a review of its work to date yesterday to a gathering of government representatives negotiating the text of the first major document of the post-2015 development agenda.
18 Nov 2014 News briefs

UN Member States negotiate on managing disasters and climate risks

Over 150 UN Member States are expected in Geneva today to negotiate the text of a new agreement on disaster and climate risk management almost ten years after the first such agreement was adopted following the Indian Ocean tsunami which claimed over 220,000 lives.
17 Nov 2014 Press release

UN Secretary-General urges action to reduce disaster risk

The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today issued a call for action “to save lives, preserve livelihoods and reduce economic losses” as negotiations progress towards a new agreement on disaster and climate risk management.
17 Nov 2014 News briefs

Disasters and business continuity in the Philippines

The first anniversary of Typhoon Haiyan which took the lives of 6,300 people and resulted in US$ 10 billion in economic losses, was the impetus for a gathering of 130 chief executives, middle managers and government officials to discuss building resilience to disasters yesterday in Manila.
11 Nov 2014 News briefs

Kristalina Georgieva recognized as DRR Champion

The European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, Kristalina Georgieva, today called for a change in “the global mind-set towards disaster risk reduction” as she was confirmed as a Champion of Disaster Risk Reduction by UNISDR.
24 Oct 2014 News briefs

Revised HFA stresses political leadership

The Zero Draft of the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction was published and circulated widely today. It is an early draft of the final document which will be adopted at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan, next March.
21 Oct 2014 News briefs

UNISDR champion is new IPU President

UNISDR Chief, Margareta Wahlstrom today welcomed the election of UNISDR champion and long-standing advocate for disaster risk reduction, Saber Hossain Chowdhury, as the new President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU).
17 Oct 2014 News briefs

UN and HelpAge call to reduce death toll among over-60s in disasters

The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and HelpAge International today issued a joint call for greater involvement of older persons in disaster management efforts worldwide in order to bring down death tolls among those over 60.
13 Oct 2014 Press release

Lively debate on European floods

The recurrence of flooding, one of Europe’s most persistent natural hazards, presents both a challenge and an opportunity when it comes to disaster reduction, a conference heard on Wednesday.
9 Oct 2014 News briefs

Europe wants strong national platforms for DRR

The 5th European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction (EFDRR) closed today with a strong call for joint action to face the common challenges of climate change, sustainable development and disaster risk reduction.
8 Oct 2014 News briefs

Scientists needed for risk reduction

Scientists can, and should, play a greater role in the international effort to reduce the prevalence and impact of disasters, Margareta Wahlström, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction and Head of UNISDR told a conference.
7 Oct 2014 News briefs

Spain calls for action on disaster risk

Host Spain told the 5th annual European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction (EFDRR) today that it had a great opportunity to influence the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction.
6 Oct 2014 News briefs

Quake Mayor’s focus on elderly wins award

The European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction (EFDRR) today presented the mayor of the Spanish town of Lorca with the Damir Čemerin award for his work in caring for the elderly, and promoting disaster reduction awareness, following a devastating earthquake in 2011.
6 Oct 2014 News briefs

Mayor of Qom takes action

The Iranian City of Qom is providing a dynamic example of local leadership as consultations on the post-2015 international framework for disaster risk reduction identify the issue as a priority.
1 Oct 2014 News briefs

Climate Summit boost for resilient cities

This week’s UN Climate Summit has generated commitments to raise $2 billion of in-kind and direct support for cities threatened by extreme weather events fuelled by climate change.
26 Sep 2014 News briefs

UN-convened coalition considers financial reporting rules on disaster resilience

A major initiative to examine climate risk stress testing for banking and securities regulation and accounting practices was unveiled at the UN Climate Summit in New York by public and private sector organisations working together in response to the increasing frequency and severity of extreme weather events.
24 Sep 2014 Press release

Floods hit as leaders gather for Climate Summit in New York

Heavy rains have caused major devastation over the weekend in the Philippines, France and Italy and may be further indications of the “new normal” that the world will have to deal with, if no accelerated action is taken to keep global warming within 2˚C.
22 Sep 2014 News briefs

What Arab youth really want post-2015

One of the high points of this week’s Arab Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction came when a 19-year-old medical student took centre stage to read out a strong declaration on behalf of one of the region’s most endangered groups, children and youth.
18 Sep 2014 News briefs
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