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Forecasters key link in disaster risk reduction chain

Weather forecasters are a critical part of efforts to rein in the impact of natural hazards such as floods and droughts, which are being stoked by climate change, the head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction said today.

23 Mar 2016 News briefs

Speech by Robert Glasser at the World Meteorological Organization

We are probably still at a stage in human development when poverty and exposure to disaster risk are the main factors in deciding whether someone survives an event such as Typhoon Haiyan which claimed over 6,000 lives in the Philippines in November 2013.

23 Mar 2016 Statements & speeches

Speech by Robert Glasser at the French National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

France is well placed to take on a leadership role in the implementation of the Sendai Framework given how much it has demonstrated its commitment to reducing disaster risk and reducing disaster losses.

22 Mar 2016 Statements & speeches

Intervention de Madame Ségolène Royal aux 3e Assises nationales des risques naturels le 22 mars à Marseille

Je suis très heureuse d’être parmi vous pour ouvrir ces troisièmes assises nationales des risques naturels à Marseille. Nous sommes dans une région particulièrement concernée par des risques naturels, inondations, feux de forêt, risque sismique, tsunami. Et je sais combien les élus, les acteurs économiques et les populations de cette région sont sensibilisés sur ces sujets.

22 Mar 2016 Statements & speeches

Mexico to host 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

Representatives of UN Member States were informed today in Geneva that the 5th Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction will take place in Cancun, Mexico, in May 2017. It is held every two years and is the largest gathering of its kind. The next Global Platform will focus on implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction which was adopted on this day last year at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction.

18 Mar 2016 Press release

World salutes Sendai Framework

The international community today celebrated the first anniversary of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the world’s most comprehensive blueprint for curbing the impact of natural and man-made hazards, with 20 million people taking to social media to mark the occasion.

18 Mar 2016 News briefs

Mexico forges ahead on Sendai implementation

Mexico is forging ahead with implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and investing heavily in resilient infrastructure. A high level delegation is visiting the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction in Geneva.

17 Mar 2016 News briefs

Switching to Sendai

This week last year the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction was preparing to adopt the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction on March 18, 2014. The new head of UNISDR, Mr. Robert Glasser, has just paid his first visit to Sendai.

14 Mar 2016 News briefs

Fifth anniversary of tsunami underlines risk of complex disasters

The head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, Mr. Robert Glasser, today attended the fifth anniversary memorial service for those who lost their lives in the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami of March 11, 2011.

11 Mar 2016 Press release

Bangkok Principles on health risk agreed

The Bangkok Principles were agreed today at the conclusion of the first international conference on the health aspects of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction which was attended by government officials from 54 countries.

11 Mar 2016 News briefs

WHO and UNISDR issue appeal on health at Sendai Framework conference

The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction and the World Health Organization today issued an appeal for national disaster management agencies to develop their preparedness and response capacities to include health emergencies alongside earthquakes, floods and storms as a top priority.

10 Mar 2016 Press release

Opening remarks by Robert Glasser at the International Conference on the Implementation of the Health Aspects of the Sendai Framework

The Sendai Framework aims to achieve a substantial reduction of disaster risk and losses in lives, livelihoods and health. It is fully aligned with the International Health Regulations, which aim to help the international community prevent and respond to acute public health risks that have the potential to cross borders and threaten people worldwide.

10 Mar 2016 News briefs

UN Secretary-General's message on the fifth anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

On this solemn day of remembrance, I would like once again to extend my condolences, and those of the whole United Nations system, to the people of Japan and especially to those who lost loved ones in the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami on 11 March, 2011.

10 Mar 2016 Statements & speeches

UNISDR head calls for more women in disaster risk reduction

Women play an important role in advancing disaster risk reduction policies and we want to see more of them engaged in disaster management,” Mr. Robert Glasser, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, said today, as the world marks International Women’s Day.

8 Mar 2016 News briefs

Christchurch re-born after five years

Five years after it was devastated by two major earthquakes, Christchurch, New Zealand, is continuing its transformation into one of the world’s most resilient cities with much to share with other urban centers on how to reduce disaster risk in an earthquake zone. UNISDR head, Mr. Robert Glasser, had a briefing today from government minister and Christchurch MP, Ms. NickyWagner.

4 Mar 2016 News briefs

Climate change is a potent element in the deadly brew of disaster risk

The Hyogo framework for action (HFA), adopted in January 2005 by UN member states, was an unprecedented move to promote saving lives and livelihoods from disasters over a decade. Has there been progress?

3 Mar 2016 Statements & speeches

UNISDR commends Fiji Government for its state of preparedness in face of Cyclone Winston

The head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, Mr. Robert Glasser, today extended his condolences to Fiji on the loss of life from Cyclone Winston and commended the government for its efforts to reduce mortality and the numbers of people affected by the strongest cyclone ever to hit the Pacific country.

22 Feb 2016 Press release

The Pandemic Threat to Human Security

Just as the worst of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa seemed to be over, the mosquito-borne Zika virus has led to the declaration by WHO of a public health emergency of international concern following a steep rise in congenital malformations and neurological complications among new-born children of infected women.

17 Feb 2016 Statements & speeches

Disaster lessons from the hottest year on record

Climate change and the effects of a powerful El Nino are fuelling drought conditions across Africa in particular. Last year saw a doubling of major droughts recorded globally and the effects will continue into 2016.

15 Feb 2016 Statements & speeches

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

How can science play a bigger part in reducing disaster risk?

When the Viceroy of Peru, Jose Antonio Mansa de Velasco, was given orders to rebuild Lima after an earthquake in October 1746, he hired the French mathematician, Louis Godin, to come up with a reconstruction plan. It was an early example of trying to “Build Back Better” as advocated for by the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction adopted by U.N. member States last year. Godin proposed to reduce vulnerability by widening streets and lowering building height.

26 Jan 2016 Statements & speeches

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
The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 was adopted at the World Conference in Sendai, Japan The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 was adopted at the World Conference in Sendai, Japan.
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