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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

Sendai Framework critical to reshaping aid

On the first day of the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS), the head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, Mr. Robert Glasser, warned that risk reduction efforts would struggle to have impact if greenhouse gas emissions are not radically scaled down.

23 May 2016 News briefs

UN praises Bangladesh Cyclone Preparedness Programme ahead of World Humanitarian Summit

The Bangladesh Cyclone Preparedness Programme proved its value again this weekend as 500,000 people were evacuated to safety ahead of Cyclone Roanu. UNISDR Chief, Mr. Robert Glasser, is calling for greater investment in disaster risk reduction at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul.

22 May 2016 Press release

World Humanitarian Summit: Leaving no one behind means investing in disaster risk management

The World Humanitarian Summit opens on Monday. The Head of UNISDR, Mr. Robert Glasser, is calling for a shift from managing disasters to managing disaster risk if the world is to reduce the numbers of people displaced by disasters.

20 May 2016 Press release

Asian media back Sendai Framework

The powerful Asia Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) has issued a pledge to support a key priority of the Sendai Framework and to promote a greater understanding of disaster risk among the public with particular focus on vulnerable groups.

13 May 2016 News briefs

Climate change a factor in displacing millions

With just ten days to go to the World Humanitarian Summit, new figures on internally displaced people show that natural hazards including severe weather events are displacing millions of people every year.

12 May 2016 Press release

Can the Sendai Framework help conflict prevention?

With just 11 days to go before the World Humanitarian Summit opens in Istanbul, UNISDR head Robert Glasser gives his thoughts on disaster risk management and conflict prevention.

11 May 2016 Statements & speeches

El Niño - a risk for future generations

The devastating impact of the El Niño phenomenon on more than 60 million people was the focus of a Special meeting of the UN’s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) at UN HQ in New York on Friday.

9 May 2016 News briefs

Mexico's big switch to Sendai

The President of Mexico, Mr. Enrique Peña Nieto, today outlined his ambition for the country to become a role model in disaster risk reduction as it marks 30 years of the National System for Civil Protection.

7 May 2016 News briefs

Women parliamentarians key players for disaster risk reduction

When it comes to the empowerment of women and girls, it is very clear that women parliamentarians are role models. They also have a important part to play in ensuring that women and girls are included in disaster risk management at national and local level.

6 May 2016 Statements & speeches

Mexico to lead global effort to reduce economic losses from disasters

Mexico, as host country, will encourage the 2017 Global Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction to focus on reducing economic losses from disasters, it emerged today.


6 May 2016 News briefs

The world's humanitarian burden is too big. How can we lessen it?

Twelve months have passed since the adoption by UN member states of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, a 15-year plan for reducing disaster losses from manmade and natural hazards.

2 May 2016 Statements & speeches

One Year On: Learning from the Nepal Earthquake

A month after a new global plan was adopted to reduce disaster losses at a UN Conference in Japan last year, the 7.8 magnitude Nepal earthquake struck, reminding the world again why action on reducing disaster losses is so critical for sustainable development in low-income countries.

26 Apr 2016 Statements & speeches

Nepal quake anniversary underlines need to build back better

The head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, Mr. Robert Glasser, today marked the anniversary of the 7.8 magnitude earthquake which struck Nepal last year with a call for greater investment in resilient infrastructure if the death toll from future earthquakes is to be reduced.

25 Apr 2016 Press release

15 vulnerable States ratify Paris Agreement

UNISDR chief, Mr. Robert Glasser, has praised the leaders of 15 UN member States particularly vulnerable to climate change for being the first to ratify the Paris Agreement on climate.

24 Apr 2016 News briefs

Paris Agreement must deliver long-term climate stability

UNISDR chief, Mr. Robert Glasser, calls on signatories to the Paris Agreement on climate to go beyond their existing commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions if the world is to avoid catastrophic future weather events.

21 Apr 2016 Press release

Video address by Robert Glasser to the GNDR Global Summit

Thanks for giving me the opportunity to address this important meeting, which is a new milestone on the road to resilience.

21 Apr 2016 Statements & speeches

How can we make earthquakes less deadly?

A four-storey hotel collapses, killing a family of four who were bringing a precious daughter to start her first year at medical school. Across Ecuador and Japan, hundreds of thousands are left homeless. Bridges have collapsed. Roads are torn to shreds and blocked by landslides. Farmland is churned back to raw earth.

20 Apr 2016 Statements & speeches

Earthquakes pose a major threat to built environment

Hundreds of people are dead or missing as a result of a series of earthquakes in Japan and Ecuador in recent days. Reducing earthquake risk is an important objective of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction says UNISDR chief Mr. Robert Glasser.

18 Apr 2016 Press release

Resilient private sector showcased in Japan

The role of the private sector in making societies resilient to disasters and ensuring development is sustainable has been spotlighted as part of events commemorating the fifth anniversary of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami.

25 Mar 2016 News briefs

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
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