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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

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

UN report flags climate impacts

Climate change is raising the vulnerability of communities around the world to a raft of hazards, including drought, storms and floods which wreak havoc on food production and public health, according to the UN’s latest Human Development Report.

21 Jan 2016 News briefs

Philippine Congress commends former UNISDR chief for her advocacy on disaster risk reduction

In an exceptional move, the Philippine Congress today passed a resolution recognising and commending the former head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), Ms. Margareta Wahlström, for her outstanding work on advocacy for disaster risk reduction over the last seven years.

19 Jan 2016 Press release

Dr. Robert Glasser takes the helm at UNISDR

Dr. Robert Glasser, an experienced leader and thinker on development issues, took up his new role this week as head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR). He was appointed as Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, succeeding Ms. Margareta Wahlström who completed two terms at the end of 2015.

8 Jan 2016 Press release

Facing the new abnormal

In the wake of the extreme tornadoes that struck the United States over Christmas, freak snowfalls in Mexico and heavy flooding in South America and the United Kingdom, Ms. Margareta Wahlström, head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction today urged governments to take more prevention actions to reduce human and economic losses caused by weather related disasters.

29 Dec 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

Hurricane Katrina raised the bar for disaster risk management

The head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), Margareta Wahlström, today said the true legacy of Hurricane Katrina, America’s costliest hurricane disaster, was to raise the bar for disaster risk management worldwide.
28 Aug 2015 Press release

Addis Ababa Action Agenda will have far-reaching consequences

The agreements and commitments that we reach at the Third International Conference on Financing for Development will have far reaching consequences that will be measured in lives saved, losses averted and risks reduced.
16 Jul 2015 Statements & speeches

Senior Italian official named DRR champion

The former leader of the Italian Civil Protection Department was today named a Disaster Risk Reduction Champion by UNISDR in recognition of his tireless efforts to deal with the threats posed by hazards such as the devastating Abruzzo earthquake of 2009.

3 Jul 2015 News briefs

Sendai Framework means sustainable development

Disaster risk reduction needs to be a key component of development in order to secure sustainable results, UNISDR’s head Ms. Margareta Wahlström told a key meeting in Central America, one the most climate-vulnerable regions in the world.
24 Jun 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

Breaking down barriers

Speech of SRSG Margareta Wahlström, 11 of June 2015, on the 6th meeting of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Conference of States Parties, Eighth session
12 Jun 2015 News briefs

Women's leadership in disaster risk reduction

I wish to thank UNITAR for launching this new “Women's Leadership Programme" and for organising this session on the leading role of women in the context of weather and climate change discussions, which is also linked to a stronger role of women in disaster risk reduction.
3 Jun 2015 Statements & speeches

Algeria embraces Sendai Framework

Earthquake-prone Algeria offers a case study of how legislation and commitment can help build resilience, as it prepares to implement the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

3 Jun 2015 News briefs

Le Cadre de Sendai et sa pertinence pour les stratégies nationales de réduction des risques de catastrophe

Je suis honorée de m’adresser à vous ici dans cette illustre École Nationale d’Administration qui forme les futurs cadres administratifs de la Nation algérienne. Je suis d’autant plus heureuse de cette opportunité car c’est vous qui serez directement concernés par la gestion des risques et des catastrophes en Algérie et je remercie le Ministère des Affaires Étrangères et le Délégué National aux Risques Majeurs pour l’invitation.
22 May 2015 Statements & speeches

Strengthening the coherence between DRR, climate change and sustainable development

Thank you for inviting me to Mongolia and the opportunity to contribute to this important national ‘Development Dialogue’ focusing on building a more resilient Mongolia. I wish to sincerely thank the Deputy Prime Minister, His Excellency Mr. U. Khurelsukh and the Government of Mongolia for inviting me to join your efforts to make us of and strengthen the coherence between sustainable development, disaster risk reduction, and adapting to climate change.
19 May 2015 Statements & speeches

UNISDR praises Geneva’s flood management

The head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, Margareta Wahlström, today praised Geneva for its management of the exceptional floodwaters which have threatened the city in recent days following torrential rain in the French Alps. Geneva is home to UNISDR and 40 other UN agencies.
6 May 2015 Press release

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

India to host first Asian Ministerial Conference of post-2015 era

The Government of India today announced that it will host the first Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction of the post-2015 era.
18 Mar 2015 News briefs

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 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

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

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

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
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