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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

IPU hears call to support women in DRR

The vital role that women play in reducing disaster risk is being increasingly recognized, Members of Parliament from 141 countries have been told at a major international forum of legislators.
16 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

Towards the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction and beyond

Opening Statement by SRSG Margareta Wahlström at the 5th meeting of the European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction, Madrid, 06 October 2014, 09:15-10:00
6 Oct 2014 Statements & speeches

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

Arab states seek action on drought and food security

The 19 Arab States meeting in Sharm-El-Sheikh, Egypt, this week have made a sweeping series of recommendations for inclusion in the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction which will be adopted next March in Sendai, Japan, at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction. The Sharm-El-Sheikh declaration calls for a strong focus on water and food security, the effects of climate change and extreme weather events, including drought, on dry lands and arid zones which are home to two billion people around the world.
17 Sep 2014 Press release

Make women agents for resilience

There were calls today for gender to be mainstreamed into the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction in a major debate on the role of women as change agents for resilience at the 2nd Arab Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction.
16 Sep 2014 News briefs

Arabs meet on post-2015 HFA

UNISDR Chief, Margareta Wahlström, yesterday described the post-2015 development agenda as a “once in a lifetime opportunity” when she addressed the opening day of the Second Arab Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction.
15 Sep 2014 News briefs

Urban risk and the revised HFA

The 2nd Steering Committee Meeting of the UNISDR Making Cities Resilient Campaign came to a close yesterday in the city of Salford, Greater Manchester, UK, following two days of intense discussions on how urban priorities can be accommodated in the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction.
10 Sep 2014 News briefs

SIDS link climate change and disaster risk

Disaster risk reduction is at the center of a raft of commitments and actions in the outcome document officially adopted today at the conclusion of the four days of the International Conference on Small Island Developing States in Samoa. The outcome document is titled SAMOA – SIDS Accelerated Modalities of Action – Pathway.
4 Sep 2014 News briefs

SIDS call for action on climate funds

“I am not a leading expert but a leading victim in the issue of climate change. Sea level rise is already happening and what is happening in my island, it is not only a problem for all SIDS but for all of us as more than 75 per cent of the world population lives close to coastal areas,” said Anote Tong, President of Kiribati, when he opened the second Stakeholder Partnership dialogue on Climate Change and Disaster Management yesterday at the UN Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in Samoa.
3 Sep 2014 News briefs

Private sector calls for greater connectivity for SIDS

The private sector is set to have a major impact on the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) which opened in Samoa on the 1st of September, with a strong focus on how to reduce the exposure of 52 million island dwellers to future disaster events amplified by climate change.
1 Sep 2014 News briefs

DRR talks open in Geneva

Preparations for the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction gathered momentum today as more than 600 government representatives and experts from around the world convened in Geneva for the First Session of an Intergovernmental Preparatory Committee.
14 Jul 2014 News briefs

SRSG Margareta Wahlström's opening remarks at PrepCom1 Meeting

Opening remarks of Margareta Wahlström, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, at the First Meeting of the Preparatory Committee for the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, 14 July 2014, Geneva.
14 Jul 2014 Statements & speeches

Europe backs post-2015 agreement on DRR

This week’s European Ministerial Meeting on Disaster Risk Reduction has made a series of recommendations for the Post-2015 Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction in advance of next week’s Intergovernmental Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) meetings in Geneva which will produce the first draft.
10 Jul 2014 News briefs

European ministers call for accountability in reducing disaster losses

Efforts to ensure political commitment to a new global agreement on reducing disaster losses have received a major boost as representatives from 40 European countries agreed to a series of sweeping recommendations designed to build resilience to disasters. Europe experienced over 40 major disaster events last year affecting millions. Major flood and hailstorm events generated $25 billion in economic losses.
9 Jul 2014 Press release

Geneva milestone on road to Sendai

Next week’s intergovernmental meeting (PrepCom) in Geneva is a major milestone on the road to Sendai, Japan, where the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction will convene in March, 2015, to adopt a new global agreement on reducing disaster risk, the head of UNISDR, Margareta Wahlström, said today.
7 Jul 2014 News briefs

UNISDR Chief: “recapture spirit of 2005”

The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction today urged the world to recapture the spirit of 2005 when, following the shock of the Indian Ocean tsunami, all UN Member States adopted a comprehensive framework for disaster risk reduction, the Hyogo Framework for Action.
24 Jun 2014 News briefs

Safer climate disasters

Too often, participants in the climate-change debate make an erroneous distinction between protecting ourselves from the longer-term impact of global warming and better preparing ourselves against today’s extreme weather events. Recent reports from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) have sought to break down this artificial divide. While seeking to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions, we must work toward more effective disaster-risk management. Read more at http://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/kristalina-georgieva-and-margareta-wahlstr-m-issue-a-call-for-greater-efforts-to-reduce-the-risks-associated-with-extreme-weather-events#hI8kyUIVDU0bCluj.99
19 Jun 2014 Statements & speeches

The global state of play of DRR

Speech by SRSG Margareta Wahlström at the Asia Europe Meeting (ASEM) Manila Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction and Management,5 June 2014, Manila, Philippines
6 Jun 2014 Statements & speeches

Americas calls for ‘indicators of resilience’

The Americas region gave further impetus to the global efforts to agree a new international framework on disaster risk reduction (DRR) by adopting on Thursday a series of recommendations to be included in the agreement due to be adopted at a world conference next year in Sendai, Japan.
30 May 2014 News briefs

New pact must integrate DRR and national development

The biggest challenge facing next year’s UN World Conference to agree a new global DRR framework, is how to integrate disaster risk reduction (DRR) into national development plans, Margareta Wahlström, Head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), said on Wednesday.
29 May 2014 News briefs

Americas children heard on DRR

Nearly 60 children and young people from across Latin America and the Caribbean made a strong and colourful claim on Tuesday for their voices to be heard in campaigns to reduce risks of natural disasters and other pressing environmental and social issues.
28 May 2014 News briefs

Americas DRR Platform opens with Ecuador’s HFA success

Ecuador has invested heavily in disaster risk reduction (DRR), both politically and financially, and with some good results, but there is much still do, the opening session of the 4th Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas heard on Tuesday.
27 May 2014 News briefs

Americas to decide needs for UN global agreement on disaster risk

Several hundred government and civil society representatives from over 30 countries will gather this week in the Ecuadorian city of Guayaquil to review progress in the Americas on reducing exposure to disaster risk.
26 May 2014 Press release

UN’s new push to revolutionise business world’s approach to disaster risk

Following on a statement by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon that “economic losses are out of control and can only be reduced in partnership with the private sector,” the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) today launched the R!SE Initiative to mainstream disaster risk management into corporate planning and investment decision-making.
20 May 2014 Press release

Africa unites on reducing disaster risk

Africa today became the first world region to make a comprehensive set of recommendations for a new UN global agreement on reducing disaster risk, recognizing that most disasters in Africa are water-related and that efforts are needed to prevent conflict as part of overall efforts to build resilience to disasters.
16 May 2014 Press release

Africa meets on post-HFA agenda

The African Union (AU) will integrate disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation in its new Africa Climate Change Strategy, AU Commissioner Rhoda Peace told the opening session of the 5th Africa Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) yesterday attended by a record 800 participants including representatives from 48 AU countries.
14 May 2014 News briefs
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