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Pacific countries step up disaster risk reduction

Pacific countries have pledged to step up efforts to deal with the challenge posed by climate change and the threat of disasters, in order to ensure that their development is sustainable.

26 Oct 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

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

#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 News briefs

#IDDR2016: UNISDR and European Committee of the Regions join forces to reduce disaster risks

The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) have agreed a five-year plan to support EU cities and regions to take more concerted action to reduce the impact of natural disasters. It specifically wants to increase the number of towns and cities with disaster risk-reduction strategies by 2020.

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

2017 Sasakawa Award to recognize reductions in global disaster mortality

Nominations for the 2017 Sasakawa Award are now being accepted and the judges want to recognize an individual, organization or initiative which has made a substantial contribution towards saving lives and reducing global disaster mortality. The deadline is 31 January 2017.

10 Oct 2016 Press release

Europe holds key disaster risk reduction talks

Europe today began its annual talks on curbing the threat of natural and man-made hazards, with the aim of accelerating efforts to achieve the goals of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

3 Oct 2016 News briefs

Disasters Are Fuelling Displacement And Migration

Globally, more than 60 million people are displaced by conflict, violence, disasters and human rights violations. This is the highest level of forced displacement since World War II. The principle focus of this week’s UN Summit on Refugees and Migrants was on the suffering endured by those who are forced from their homes by conflict. Nonetheless, it must be recognized that there is a growing problem of displacement which is not conflict related but driven by natural hazards.

22 Sep 2016 Statements & speeches

UN Summit: Disasters contribute to migrant crisis

Governments at the UN Summit on Refugees and Migrants have adopted a landmark declaration that underlines the role of environmental degradation, climate change and disasters alongside conflict as drivers of the ongoing crisis.

20 Sep 2016 News briefs

Statement by Robert Glasser at the UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants

Unplanned urbanisation, environmental degradation, and fundamentally climate change, are increasingly intensifying natural hazards and triggering a significant proportion of the total number of forced displacement of people globally.

19 Sep 2016 Statements & speeches

UN says Hurricane Hermine is wake up call for an active hurricane season

The first hurricane to make landfall in the US State of Florida in 11 years, did so in the early hours of today heralding the beginning of the most active and dangerous phase of the Atlantic Hurricane Season.

2 Sep 2016 Press release

UN welcomes 'Casa Italia' earthquake plan

The head of UNISDR, Mr. Robert Glasser has expressed his condolences to the Italian Prime Minister, Mr. Matteo Renzi, on the loss of life in last week's earthquake and welcomed his commitment to building a culture of prevention in the earthquake-prone country.

30 Aug 2016 Press release

Scientists agree Sendai Framework priorities

The 1st Asian Science and Technology Conference has agreed eight priorities to harness the power of research and technology to support implementation of the Sendai Framework.

25 Aug 2016 News briefs

Record heat "frightening development"

"This is a critical time in the history of the planet when many look to the science and technology community for solutions and guidance;" head of UNISDR tells Asia science conference.

23 Aug 2016 News briefs

Fukushima: Reducing mortality from compound disasters

Reducing disaster mortality is the theme of this year's International Day for Disaster Reduction. The Fukushima Global Communication Programme's final report offers advice on how to reduce mortality from compound disasters.

15 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

UN forges closer ties with parliamentarians

A resolution passed this week by almost 80 countries at the UN General Assembly recognizes the importance role that parliamentarians can play in advancing the 2030 Development Agenda including the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

29 Jul 2016 News briefs

Heatwave deaths could rise as climate change pushes up temperatures

UNISDR warns of a possible rise in heatwave deaths as climate change drives record warmth around the world putting the lives of vulnerable people at risk.

28 Jul 2016 Press release

Extreme weather the “new normal”

Extreme weather events are becoming the “new normal” and climate change is compromising people’s resilience, meaning that humanitarian action and development must be part of the same process, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Mr. Jan Eliasson has told a meeting on disaster risk reduction.

21 Jul 2016 News briefs

Reaching the poor key for disaster risk reduction

Strong leadership is critical to ensure that no one is left behind amid global efforts to achieve sustainable development by 2030, the United Nations’ top disaster risk reduction official has told a high-level global forum.

20 Jul 2016 News briefs

Dushanbe Platform marks Sendai milestone

The first Central Asia and South Caucasus Regional Platform is a landmark moment for the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, a global blueprint adopted last year.

13 Jul 2016 News briefs

Tajikistan puts Sendai at heart of development

The Deputy Prime Minister of Tajikistan said today his country was committed to a path of sustainable and resilient social and economic development, with the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction at the heart of this driving ambition.

12 Jul 2016 News briefs

UNISDR launches "Sendai Seven" campaign to save lives in disasters

October 13 is celebrated every year as International Day for Disaster Reduction. It could be your chance to become a Sendai Target champion by telling the world what you have done to save lives from disasters. Join the Sendai Seven Campaign.

11 Jul 2016 Press release

Speech by Robert Glasser at the Second Global Conference on Health and Climate

The links between health and climate risk are increasingly clear. A 20 year analysis of disaster trends prepared by UNISDR for COP21 showed that over 6,000 weather-related disasters claimed at least 606,000 lives and affected more than four billion people between 1995 and 2015.

7 Jul 2016 Statements & speeches

Canada, Mexico and USA announce ambitious plans to fight climate change and cooperate on disaster risk reduction

UNISDR today welcomed the new North American Climate Clean Energy and Environment Parntnership announced by the leaders of Canada, Mexico and the USA which includes plans to cooperate on disaster risk reduction.

4 Jul 2016 Press release

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

Action for urban resilience

A two day high level forum concludes today in Florence with recommendations on series of actions required to build urban resilience to disasters.
17 Jun 2016 News briefs

UN welcomes European Commission Action Plan on Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction

The EU played a key role in negotiating the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and the European Commission has now launched an action plan to implement it.

17 Jun 2016 Press release
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