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UNISDR Chief praises resilience of Italian earthquake towns

The head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, UNISDR, Margareta Wahlström, today praised the social cohesion and community solidarity which she observed during a two-day visit to Emilia Romagna where 13,000 people continue to live in tented camps and other emergency accommodation following two severe earthquakes in May.
12 Jul 2012 News briefs

UNISDR reports on record-breaking year

UNISDR's 2011 Annual Report is now available online and reveals that its two landmark Global Assessment Reports on Disaster Risk Reduction Reports (GAR) for 2009 and 2011, have had over 200,000 chapter downloads over the last three years.
18 Jul 2012 News briefs

Children ask to be heard on post-HFA

Japanese school children have asked the UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, Margareta Wahlström, to make sure that children's views are taken into account in the consultations on a new framework agreement on disaster risk reduction to succeed the Hyogo Framework for Action.
30 Jul 2012 News briefs

The 4th International Disaster and Risk Conference - Address by Margareta Wahlström

Any worthwhile narrative on the 21st century must begin with a prologue on disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation and end with an epitaph on the triumph of human resilience if there is to be any narrative at all for future generations.
27 Aug 2012 Statements & speeches

14th session of the Africa Ministerial Conference on Environment - Statement by Margareta Wahlström

Disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation are central elements of sustainable development. They share common root causes and goals: reduction of the vulnerability and exposure of communities and nations. Recognizing and building linkages between them is effective and efficient development.
16 Sep 2012 Statements & speeches

Africa must prioritize risk reduction

The top UN disaster risk reduction official on Friday urged African governments to acknowledge risk reduction as the first line of defense against the impacts of climate change.
17 Sep 2012 News briefs

Pacific Platform moves on Post-HFA agreement

UNISDR Chief, Margareta Wahlström, today welcomed a major policy decision by Pacific Island States to help formulate a new international framework on disaster risk reduction to replace the current Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) in 2015.
20 Sep 2012 News briefs

UNISDR Chief honours Croatian champion of change

The UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, Margareta Wahlström, today urged other countries to follow the example of Croatia in recognising individual efforts to raise awareness of disaster risk in their own communities.
1 Oct 2012 Press release

Does Europe need a framework for disaster risk reduction after 2015?

I am honoured to be here today with you for this 3rd meeting of the European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction, a key event to stimulate and facilitate the exchange of information and knowledge among participating National HFA Focal Points and Platforms and regional partners from the 27 countries present.
1 Oct 2012 Statements & speeches

Promoting Asia-European partnerships in disaster management including social mobilization

I would also like to congratulate and appreciate the National Assembly of Lao PDR for hosting this important partnership meeting among legislators from the tow regions. Disaster risk reduction including social participation is topical in both Asia and Europe as the two regions occupy positions one and three on the list of economic losses from disaster impacts.
3 Oct 2012 Statements & speeches

UN Disaster Risk Reduction Chief visits Lao PDR

The UN disaster risk reduction chief today urged Asian and European Parliamentarians to work towards a new framework for action on disaster risk reduction that will protect more people and their assets from disasters as the current framework will end in 2015. The Hyogo Framework for Action -- Building the Resilience of Communities and Nations to Disasters came into force in 2005 for a period of 10 years.
4 Oct 2012 News briefs

IDDR 2012 - Putting women and girls on the map

On 13 October, the International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR) will be an occasion to pay tribute to millions of girls and women around the world who are on the frontline making their communities and societies resilient to the impacts of disasters and the effects of climate change.
5 Oct 2012 News briefs

UNISDR declares tsunami-hit Sendai campaign role model

UNISDR today recognized Sendai, the largest city in Japan's tsunami-struck region of Tohoku, as a role model for the Making Cities Resilient Campaign for "promoting community-based disaster risk reduction and empowering people to act on disaster risk reduction."
9 Oct 2012 News briefs

UNISDR honors Thailand's Prime Minister

The UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, Margareta Wahlström, today honored the Prime Minister of Thailand, H.E. Yingluck Shinawatra, as a leading woman figure in disaster management.
12 Oct 2012 News briefs

UNISDR chief calls for women and girls to take lead on disaster management

The Head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, Margareta Wahlström, today marked International Day for Disaster Reduction with a call for women and girls to take leadership in disaster management in a world where disasters are on the rise.
12 Oct 2012 Press release

Women and Girls: a force for community, country and regional resilience to disasters

It is a great honour to be here with you today to celebrate jointly the ASEAN Day for Disaster Management (ADDM) and the International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR).
12 Oct 2012 Statements & speeches

Women, girls, and disasters

Every year, more than 200 million people are affected by disasters. Many will bear the brunt of recurring floods, storms, or droughts, and the majority of them will be women and girls. Most of those affected by recurring disasters survive. In fact, in all but the poorest and most poorly run countries, deaths resulting from weather-related disasters are on the decline.
15 Oct 2012 Statements & speeches

2nd session of the African Ministerial Conference on Meteorology (AMCOMET) - Statement by Margareta Wahlström

First of all let me convey my gratitude to the Government of Zimbabwe for hosting this conference and to the organisers for their work. This event is an important step towards linking climate services to the needs of end users, mainly development actors, disaster risk managers and communities, in order to anticipate disasters and future changing climate. Climate science shall provide evidence and help inform decision makers to adapt to the expected changes and reduce related risks.
15 Oct 2012 Statements & speeches

Japanese experts call for gender equality

A panel of eight leading women experts meeting at the birthplace of the Hyogo Framework for Action called on UNISDR Chief, Margareta Wahlström, to exert pressure for gender equality in disaster risk reduction. The dialogue with Ms. Wahlström was part of Kobe's observance of International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction.
16 Oct 2012 News briefs

UNISDR supports establishment of national agency for disaster management in Lebanon

UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, Margareta Wahlström, praised the efforts of the Government of Lebanon over the last years to create a firm foundation in building resilience and reducing disaster risk in the country.
19 Oct 2012 News briefs

Fifth Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction - Opening address by Margareta Wahlstrom

On behalf of the participants of the Fifth Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, let me thank the Indonesian Government for hosting this timely conference.
23 Oct 2012 Statements & speeches

UNISDR chief meets children on risk

UNISDR Chief Margareta Wahlström today met with children from four of the world's most disaster-prone countries Cambodia, Indonesia, Japan and the Philippines, who shared with her their views on the implementation of the five-point Children's Charter for Disaster Risk Reduction.
24 Oct 2012 News briefs

Fifth Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction - Closing address by Margareta Wahlstrom

I would like to begin by offering my sincere thanks to President Yudhoyono and the Government of Indonesia, the National Agency for Disaster Management, BNPB, and the Provincial Government of Yogyakarta Special Region, for making this 5th Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction such an outstanding success. I would also like to specially thank the Governor of the Special Regional of Yogyakarta for hosting the dinner on the day of the opening ceremony and making this wonderful venue available to us.
25 Oct 2012 Statements & speeches

UNISDR chief welcomes initiative on climate services

UNISDR Chief Margareta Wahlstrom spoke to the opening session of this week's extraordinary session of the World Meteorological Congress which is discussing the implementation plan and governance model for the Global Framework for Climate Services.
31 Oct 2012 News briefs

Hurricane Sandy underlines global threat of climate change and more extreme events says UNISDR

Margareta Wahlström, the UN Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, today said that the economic losses inflicted on the US and Caribbean island states by Hurricane Sandy underlined the growing threat posed by extreme natural hazards to the world economy.
31 Oct 2012 Press release

UNISDR reports on HFA to UN General Assembly

UNISDR Chief, Margareta Wahlström, yesterday introduced the Secretary-General's Report on the Implementation of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction to Member States at the Economic and Financial Committee -- also known as the Second Committee - of the 67th session of the United Nations General Assembly.
8 Nov 2012 News briefs

UNISDR welcomes G20 backing for disaster risk financing

UNISDR Chief, Margareta Wahlström, has welcomed the recognition by the G20 group of countries that disaster risk financing is crucial for good disaster risk management.
13 Nov 2012 News briefs

UNISDR Chief visits Sandy-affected communities

Current estimates are that Hurricane Sandy may be the most expensive storm to have hit the United States since Hurricane Katrina with the final bill possibly reaching $50 billion. Last weekend, Margareta Wahlström, Chief of UNISDR, visited Hurricane Sandy affected areas in New York and New Jersey.
21 Nov 2012 News briefs

Third Session of the Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction of the Americas - Opening address by Margareta Wahlstrom

Quisiera empezar expresando mi agradecimiento al Gobierno de Chile como anfitrión de esta sesión de la Plataforma Regional de las Américas y por haber asumido su organización a pesar del poco tiempo disponible, haciendo posible que lleváramos a cabo la consulta regional sobre el marco para la reducción del riesgo de desastres post 2015, antes del fin del año 2012, de tal manera que la región de las Américas y el Caribe puedan proveer sus insumos e informen la próxima sesión de la Plataforma Global que se llevará a cabo en el mes de mayo del 2013 en Ginebra.
26 Nov 2012 Statements & speeches

Asia and the economics of disasters: The 'Inside Story'

Asia suffers from more disasters than any place on earth. While the number of people killed by disasters in the region have decreased in 2012, the economic impact remains a major cause of concern. The 'Inside Story', an Aljazeera English program, looked at the economic implications of disasters and what can be done to better protect people from these recurrent disasters.
19 Dec 2012 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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