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President of Mexico opens Global Platform

The Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction was inaugurated today by the President of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, as some 6,000 participants descended on the coastal town of Cancun for a series of working meetings to make progress on reducing disaster losses.

24 May 2017 News briefs

Tsunami survivor's plea for early warning

A two day Multi-Hazard Early Warning Conference is underway in Cancun, Mexico, and its recommendations will feed into the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction which opens tomorrow.

23 May 2017 News briefs

UN business group calls for resilience

A UN-backed group of companies working to curb hazard impacts has unveiled a new plan of action on the eve of the 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction.

23 May 2017 News briefs

Risks to Small Island Developing States spotlighted

Dozens of the world’s most climate-vulnerable island nations today spotlighted efforts to curb threats posed by hazards and to make development sustainable, ahead of the 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction.

21 May 2017 News briefs

China reaffirms disaster risk cooperation commitment

China’s Minister of Civil Affairs has reaffirmed his country’s commitment to increasing international cooperation to address the common challenge of disasters.

16 May 2017 News briefs

How to Reduce Risk from Extreme Weather Events

A nightmare scenario for any community is to be taken by surprise in the middle of the night by a sudden disaster such as the mudslide that swept away hundreds of lives earlier this month in the Amazonian town of Mocoa in Putamayo, Colombia.
20 Apr 2017 News briefs

Mongolian PM makes Sendai pledge

The Prime Minister of Mongolia, Mr. Jargaltulgyn Erdenebat, says his country is ready to share its vast experience of managing extreme hazards to support greater implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction across Asia.

12 Apr 2017 News briefs

Mongolia to lead on disaster strategy target

Mongolia has pledged to lead by example and inspire countries across Asia to meet the most pressing target of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, a global blueprint for tackling natural and human-induced hazards.

7 Apr 2017 News briefs

Opening speech by Robert Glasser to the European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction, Istanbul, 27 March 2017

It is a pleasure to be here at this meeting of the European Forum on Disaster Risk Reduction which has extended its reach beyond representatives of government to include many other representatives from civil society including parliamentarians, the private sector and NGOs.

28 Mar 2017 News briefs

Turkish youth and quake bodies win European award

Turkey’s efforts to curb the threat of earthquakes and harness the power of youth to tackle hazards have been honoured with a pan-European award for innovative approaches to reducing disaster risk.

27 Mar 2017 News briefs

People are the core of disaster risk reduction

People and their communities must be at the heart of efforts to reduce the impacts of natural and human-induced hazards, senior officials told Europe’s annual disaster risk summit today.

27 Mar 2017 News briefs

European Forum targets disaster risk

Hundreds of delegates are heading to Istanbul for Europe’s top disaster risk reduction forum, two months before a global conference takes aim at natural and human-induced hazards.

24 Mar 2017 News briefs

Americas region adopts landmark disaster risk plan

The Americas region today took a landmark step on the road to resilience by adopting an action plan to tackle the huge array of natural and human-induced hazards that its dozens of countries and territories face.

9 Mar 2017 News briefs

International Women's Day: UN call for greater role for women in disaster risk management

"Too few countries in disaster-prone parts of the world have a clear understanding of how gender inequality contributes to higher death rates among women and girls in disasters," says UNISDR chief, Mr. Robert Glasser, on International Women's Day.

8 Mar 2017 Press release

Americas region crafts disaster risk reduction plan

The vast Americas region today started a high-level conference on a wide-ranging plan that will seek to reduce the risks posed by natural and human-induced hazards.

7 Mar 2017 News briefs

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
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