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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

5th Africa Regional Platform for DRR opens in Abuja

A record attendance is expected for this week’s 5th Africa Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction which opens today in the Nigerian capital, Abuja. Some 700 politicians, disaster managers and civil society representatives from across Africa are registered to attend on May 13-17 and will review the continent’s progress in disaster risk management.
13 May 2014 Press release

China backs cooperation on DRR

China has signaled its support for stronger international cooperation to prevent and reduce the impact of disasters as momentum builds to develop the Post-2015 Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.
13 May 2014 News briefs

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

Statement by Margareta Wahlström, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, at the opening ceremony of 5th Africa Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction
13 May 2014 Statements & speeches

OECD work on resilience important for DRR World Conference

The Head of UNISDR, Margareta Wahlstrom, has said that the OECD can have a “critical impact” on the preparatory work leading up the adoption of a new global framework for disaster risk reduction at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in March 2015.
7 May 2014 News briefs

UNISDR welcomes new urban resilience collaboration

UNISDR Chief Margareta Wahlström today welcomed the creation of a new collaboration between nine key players in the global effort to build urban resilience to disasters and to strengthen the social, economic and environmental fabric of the world’s urban spaces.
11 Apr 2014 News briefs

Post-quake opportunity in Chile

The Head of UNISDR, Margareta Wahlström, arrived yesterday in Chile, where she was received by the President, Michelle Bachelet, prior to a regional consultation on disaster risk reduction with the eleven member countries of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR).
10 Apr 2014 News briefs

New Champion for Making Cities Resilient

The Mayor of the Argentinian city, Sante Fe, José Corral, returns to his home city tomorrow from the 7th World Urban Forum (WUF7) as a Champion of UNISDR’s Making Cities Resilient Campaign .
9 Apr 2014 News briefs

IPU debates resolution on risk resilience

Parliamentarians from across the world are participating this week in a wide-ranging debate on disaster risk at the 130th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) which is set to adopt a ground-breaking resolution on risk-resilient development tomorrow.
19 Mar 2014 News briefs

Tacloban Mayor strives to transform city

The Mayor of the worst-hit city of the Typhoon Haiyan disaster believes the city’s future prosperity depends on “transformational development” that rebuilds communities and not just houses.
4 Mar 2014 News briefs

Philippines Leads in UN Disaster-Safe Schools Initiative

The Philippines today publically committed to be a role model for safe schools and deliver a strong message to the 2015 World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in March 2015 on the importance of protecting school children and students in their education environment.
4 Mar 2014 Press release

Science to save more lives

The Philippines today launched a nationwide “Science for Safer Communities” so that more lives are saved through better early warning and understanding of disaster risk.
3 Mar 2014 News briefs

All have stake in World Conference

For the third time in thirty years, Japan is preparing to host a World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction.
27 Feb 2014 News briefs

Small islands lead by example, says UNISDR chief

Statement by Margareta Wahlström, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction on the launch of the International Year of Small Island Developing States
24 Feb 2014 Statements & speeches

Senegal PM reiterates HFA commitment

The Prime Minister of Senegal has reiterated her country’s commitment to implementing the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) during high level talks with the UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction. Prime Minister Aminata Touré said that Senegal’s international commitments were consistent with domestic priorities under the country’s Economic and Social Development Plan. In the presence of nine of her key ministers, the Prime Minister told Special Representative Ms Margareta Wahlström that good governance and institutions were crucial to build resilience in the face of continued climate change.
31 Jan 2014 News briefs
The United Nations General Assembly requested UNISDR to facilitate the development of a post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction The United Nations General Assembly requested UNISDR to facilitate the development of a post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction.
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