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Disasters Are Fuelling Displacement And Migration

Globally, more than 60 million people are displaced by conflict, violence, disasters and human rights violations. This is the highest level of forced displacement since World War II. The principle focus of this week’s UN Summit on Refugees and Migrants was on the suffering endured by those who are forced from their homes by conflict. Nonetheless, it must be recognized that there is a growing problem of displacement which is not conflict related but driven by natural hazards.

22 Sep 2016 Statements & speeches

UN Summit: Disasters contribute to migrant crisis

Governments at the UN Summit on Refugees and Migrants have adopted a landmark declaration that underlines the role of environmental degradation, climate change and disasters alongside conflict as drivers of the ongoing crisis.

20 Sep 2016 News briefs

UN says Hurricane Hermine is wake up call for an active hurricane season

The first hurricane to make landfall in the US State of Florida in 11 years, did so in the early hours of today heralding the beginning of the most active and dangerous phase of the Atlantic Hurricane Season.

2 Sep 2016 Press release

UN welcomes 'Casa Italia' earthquake plan

The head of UNISDR, Mr. Robert Glasser has expressed his condolences to the Italian Prime Minister, Mr. Matteo Renzi, on the loss of life in last week's earthquake and welcomed his commitment to building a culture of prevention in the earthquake-prone country.

30 Aug 2016 Press release

Scientists agree Sendai Framework priorities

The 1st Asian Science and Technology Conference has agreed eight priorities to harness the power of research and technology to support implementation of the Sendai Framework.

25 Aug 2016 News briefs

Record heat "frightening development"

"This is a critical time in the history of the planet when many look to the science and technology community for solutions and guidance;" head of UNISDR tells Asia science conference.

23 Aug 2016 News briefs

Fukushima: Reducing mortality from compound disasters

Reducing disaster mortality is the theme of this year's International Day for Disaster Reduction. The Fukushima Global Communication Programme's final report offers advice on how to reduce mortality from compound disasters.

15 Aug 2016 News briefs

Wildfires rage in a changing climate

Wildfires are a growing disaster hazard in many parts of the world. We can expect to see more of them as heatwaves and drought become more frequent and intense.

11 Aug 2016 News briefs

UN forges closer ties with parliamentarians

A resolution passed this week by almost 80 countries at the UN General Assembly recognizes the importance role that parliamentarians can play in advancing the 2030 Development Agenda including the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

29 Jul 2016 News briefs

Heatwave deaths could rise as climate change pushes up temperatures

UNISDR warns of a possible rise in heatwave deaths as climate change drives record warmth around the world putting the lives of vulnerable people at risk.

28 Jul 2016 Press release

Extreme weather the “new normal”

Extreme weather events are becoming the “new normal” and climate change is compromising people’s resilience, meaning that humanitarian action and development must be part of the same process, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Mr. Jan Eliasson has told a meeting on disaster risk reduction.

21 Jul 2016 News briefs

Reaching the poor key for disaster risk reduction

Strong leadership is critical to ensure that no one is left behind amid global efforts to achieve sustainable development by 2030, the United Nations’ top disaster risk reduction official has told a high-level global forum.

20 Jul 2016 News briefs

Dushanbe Platform marks Sendai milestone

The first Central Asia and South Caucasus Regional Platform is a landmark moment for the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, a global blueprint adopted last year.

13 Jul 2016 News briefs

Tajikistan puts Sendai at heart of development

The Deputy Prime Minister of Tajikistan said today his country was committed to a path of sustainable and resilient social and economic development, with the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction at the heart of this driving ambition.

12 Jul 2016 News briefs

UNISDR launches "Sendai Seven" campaign to save lives in disasters

October 13 is celebrated every year as International Day for Disaster Reduction. It could be your chance to become a Sendai Target champion by telling the world what you have done to save lives from disasters. Join the Sendai Seven Campaign.

11 Jul 2016 Press release

Speech by Robert Glasser at the Second Global Conference on Health and Climate

The links between health and climate risk are increasingly clear. A 20 year analysis of disaster trends prepared by UNISDR for COP21 showed that over 6,000 weather-related disasters claimed at least 606,000 lives and affected more than four billion people between 1995 and 2015.

7 Jul 2016 Statements & speeches

Canada, Mexico and USA announce ambitious plans to fight climate change and cooperate on disaster risk reduction

UNISDR today welcomed the new North American Climate Clean Energy and Environment Parntnership announced by the leaders of Canada, Mexico and the USA which includes plans to cooperate on disaster risk reduction.

4 Jul 2016 Press release

EU provides €6 million to make vulnerable cities resilient to disasters

The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) aim to reduce disaster losses in some of the world’s most hazard prone cities with the initial aid of a €6 million grant from the EU, over the next three years.

1 Jul 2016 Press release

Action for urban resilience

A two day high level forum concludes today in Florence with recommendations on series of actions required to build urban resilience to disasters.
17 Jun 2016 News briefs

UN welcomes European Commission Action Plan on Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction

The EU played a key role in negotiating the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and the European Commission has now launched an action plan to implement it.

17 Jun 2016 Press release

Florence boost for Sendai Framework

Mayors, ministers and experts are meeting in Florence today and tomorrow to discuss local level implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

16 Jun 2016 News briefs

Americas region steps up risk reduction drive

The Americas have reached a new level in their drive to curb disaster risk in one of the most hazard-exposed regions of the world, UNISDR’s head Mr. Robert Glasser has told ministerial talks hosted by Paraguay.

9 Jun 2016 News briefs

Speech by Robert Glasser on implementing the Sendai Framework in the Americas

This meeting marks the beginning of a new phase in the region’s growing sophistication when it comes to strengthening disaster risk governance and ensuring that risk informed decision making becomes part of the daily life of government.

8 Jun 2016 News briefs

Americas meet on Sendai Framework

The Americas is the second most disaster prone region in the world after Asia. A high level meeting in Paraguay will discuss how to implement the Sendai Framework over the next two days.

7 Jun 2016 News briefs

UN recognises French flood control efforts

France enacted a major 11 day flood preparedness and response exercise in March, just over two months before it was hit by severe floods.

7 Jun 2016 Press release

Healthy ecosystems shield against disasters

Healthy and well-managed ecosystems offer a buffer against hazards and can support local resilience by sustaining livelihoods, making them a cornerstone of efforts to implement the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

2 Jun 2016 News briefs

UN welcomes India's first national disaster management plan

The head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, Mr. Robert Glasser, today congratulated the Indian Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi, and his government for producing the country’s first ever National Disaster Management Plan.

1 Jun 2016 Press release

The Climate Change Solution to Disasters

This year is already on track to be the hottest on record, beating out 2015 for this unfortunate distinction. Every year, if it’s not the mercury rising it’s the tangible impacts of climate change.

26 May 2016 Statements & speeches

Implementing Sendai to reduce humanitarian burden

A major side event took place yesterday at the World Humanitarian Summit: Implementing the Sendai Framework to Reduce the Humanitarian Burden: ASEAN Resilience in Practice. Here is a flavour of some of the discussion.

25 May 2016 News briefs

UN and businesses team up to prevent and respond to crises

A major global network launches today at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul to facilitate business engagement in crisis situations through pre-positioning supplies, meeting humanitarian needs and providing resources, knowledge and expertise to disaster prevention.

24 May 2016 Press release
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