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Risk Award will honour hi-tech plan to beat disasters

Three cutting-edge plans to harness the power of technology and curb the threats posed by hazards such as floods and epidemics have been shortlisted for an international award that will be presented at the 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction.

15 Feb 2017 News briefs

Major increase in Sweden's funding for disaster risk reduction

The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction today welcomes a substantial increase in funding from Sweden for its efforts to curb the impact of natural and human-induced hazards.

9 Feb 2017 Press release

Disaster-prone Philippines steps up urban resilience

The Philippines, one of the most disaster risk-prone nations in the world, is stepping up efforts to ensure that its communities can withstand natural and human-induced hazards.

8 Feb 2017 News briefs

Mexico Platform to review Sendai implementation

The world will meet in Mexico next May to discuss progress in disaster risk reduction for the first time since the Sendai Framework was adopted in March 2015, at a UN World Conference in Sendai, Japan.

7 Feb 2017 News briefs

How can the world reduce disaster losses for the poor?

The latest research findings on economic losses from disasters explain why this issue has emerged as the major concern for governments preparing for a global conference on disaster losses which will be hosted by the Mexican government in Cancun, from May 22 to 26.

3 Feb 2017 Statements & speeches

Sendai indicators 'only the beginning'

There was resounding support yesterday in the UN General Assembly for a resolution which saw indicators adopted for measuring global progress on reducing disaster losses and a revision of terminology related to disaster risk reduction.

3 Feb 2017 News briefs

UN backs accountability on disaster losses

The United Nations General Assembly today adopted a resolution containing indicators for measuring global progress in reducing disaster losses.

2 Feb 2017 Press release

Tackling disaster reduces risk of conflict

The new UN Secretary-General, Mr. António Guterres, has not wasted any time in highlighting the importance of disaster risk reduction for promoting peace and stability.

26 Jan 2017 Statements & speeches

Global Platform host Mexico is icon of risk management

UNISDR chief Mr. Robert Glasser has hailed 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction host Mexico as a shining example of how to manage the threats posed by hazards.

12 Jan 2017 News briefs

Working mum makes Africa Platform

The Africa Regional Platform has proved to be child-friendly for one working mother, Ms. Oumie Sissokho, Director of Operations with National Disaster Management Agency of the Gambia.

25 Nov 2016 News briefs

Growing tsunami awareness in Africa

A special event was held yesterday at the Africa Regional Platform to mark the introduction of World Tsunami Awareness Day to the international calendar.

25 Nov 2016 News briefs

Africa backs action on Sendai

Africa's 5th High Level Meeting on Disaster Risk Reduction was attended by representatives from 47 countries today and agreed a programme of action to implement the Sendai Framework.

25 Nov 2016 News briefs

Africa speaks with one voice on DRR

The 6th Africa Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction closed today with comments on a draft Programme of Action for implementation of the Sendai Framework which will be considered tomorrow by a Ministerial level meeting.
24 Nov 2016 News briefs

Agenda 2030 and search for coherence

There was a wide ranging discussion on understanding disaster risk and coherence between the main framework agreements comprising the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.
23 Nov 2016 News briefs

Opening speech by Robert Glasser at the Africa Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

There are few parts of the world where disaster risk is such a strong feature of daily life as here on the great continent of Africa.

22 Nov 2016 Statements & speeches

Countries back disaster risk reduction benchmarks

Negotiators today wrapped up talks on how to measure global progress in implementing the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the world’s most ambitious plan to date for curbing the impact of natural and human-induced hazards.

18 Nov 2016 News briefs

Typhoon Haiyan memory spurs ARISE commitment

Exactly three years after the country was lashed by the deadly Typhoon Haiyan, UNISDR’s Private Sector Alliance for Disaster Resilient Societies (ARISE) network in the Philippines yesterday committed to strengthen partnerships with national and local authorities, academia and civil society as part of its ambition to reduce disaster risk in the hazard-prone country.

9 Nov 2016 News briefs

Closing speech by Robert Glasser at the Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction

Prime Minister Modi set the tone for this Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction when he urged us all to embrace wholeheartedly the spirit of the Sendai Framework. Today when I see the outcomes from the Conference and the scale of your ambition over the next 14 years for implementing the Sendai Framework, I think the Prime Minister can rest assured that his appeal did not fall on deaf ears.

 

5 Nov 2016 News briefs

Asia adopts ambitious Sendai plan

The Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction was hailed by the Indian Home Minister, Mr. Rajnath Singh, as “a landmark event” as it concluded today with adoption of a clear regional plan to substantially reduce disaster losses by 2030.

5 Nov 2016 News briefs

400 years of data show tsunami threat ever-present across the world

The UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, Mr. Robert Glasser, today warned against complacency in the face of the global tsunami threat which is often forgotten in parts of the world that have been affected in the distant past. The first ever World Tsunami Awareness Day is tomorrow,  5 November.

4 Nov 2016 Press release

Speech by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to the Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction

"The journey from Sendai continues here in Delhi, where the outcomes of your efforts will influence the disaster risk reduction agenda not just in Asia but in the world at large," UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has told the Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, hosted by India.

3 Nov 2016 Statements & speeches

Speech by Robert Glasser at the Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction

In order to achieve a substantial reduction in disaster losses by 2030, there is a clear need to build on Asia’s success in reducing mortality from floods and storms in particular.

3 Nov 2016 Statements & speeches

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 Press release

#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
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