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Mongolia forges ahead on Sendai Framework

The head of UNISDR Margareta Wahlström today met with the Prime Minister of Mongolia, Mr. Chimed Saikhanbileg, as the country embarks on implementing the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the global plan of action adopted in March at the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction.
12 May 2015 News briefs

A lucky escape for Nepal’s schoolchildren

The death toll among Nepali schoolchildren would have been significant if the 7.8 magnitude earthquake had struck on a school day instead of a Saturday, the only day when schools are completely closed.
11 May 2015 News briefs

Nepal tragedy underlines need for greater investment in reducing risk

The Head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, Margareta Wahlström, today expressed her condolences to the government and people of Nepal on the loss of life, injuries and devastation caused by the 7.8 magnitude earthquake at the weekend.
27 Apr 2015 Press release

Samurai protects his people… from floods

A 16th century Samurai has left a powerful legacy on the floodplain as well as the battlefield in one of Japan’s most beautiful yet hazardous regions.
13 Apr 2015 News briefs

Prevention pays: Japan’s private sector leads the way

Four years on from the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan, the country’s business sector has lived up to its reputation for resilience and shown clearly why disaster preparedness is so important for recovery.
7 Apr 2015 News briefs

Fukushima’s fish industry yet to recover

The fishing industry along the eastern coast of Japan is still reeling from the twin earthquake and tsunami that rocked the region four years ago, demonstrating starkly how disasters can strain key economic sectors and test resilience.
31 Mar 2015 News briefs

India to host first Asian Ministerial Conference of post-2015 era

The Government of India today announced that it will host the first Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction of the post-2015 era.
18 Mar 2015 News briefs

Japan backs women’s leadership in DRR

Japanese Prime Minister, Mr. Shinzo Abe today announced that boosting women’s leadership in disaster risk reduction would be a key element of the country’s new programme of international support.
14 Mar 2015 News briefs

Japan tsunami remembered on eve of World Conference on Disaster Risk

The Head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), Margareta Wahlström, today took part in the solemn remembrance ceremony in Tokyo for all those who died in the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami which occurred on March 11, 2011.
11 Mar 2015 Press release

Inclusion, coordination in focus as Sendai looms

More inclusion and better coordination are needed to boost future efforts to strengthen resilience, according to disaster risk experts from Asia and Europe.
3 Mar 2015 News briefs

Climate change 'like a cancer'

The Manila Call to Action on Climate Change was launched today in the Philippines by UNISDR Champion and Philippines Senator, Loren Legarda, on the occasion of the State visit by French President, Francois Hollande.
26 Feb 2015 News briefs

Japan’s private sector puts focus on resilience and risk-sensitivity as World Conference looms

More than 250 representatives from Japan’s business community have held an information-packed session to prepare for next month’s World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, which will see the adoption of a new global framework to guide risk reduction over the next decade.
24 Feb 2015 News briefs

Safety first as cyclones hit Australia

The Mayor of one of the municipalities in UNISDR’s Making Cities Resilient campaign has been in the lead of preparedness efforts ahead of Cyclone Marcia which continues to lash Australia’s east coast and its hinterland.
20 Feb 2015 News briefs

Partnership needed to address trans-boundary disasters in Central Asia, South Caucasus

Ministers from Central Asia and the South Caucasus have called for a stronger regional approach to disaster resilience, as they step up effort to tackle the increasingly ‘trans-boundary’ nature of disaster risk.
10 Feb 2015 News briefs

Disaster risk reduction and science should be core of sustainable development, experts say

With fewer than 50 days to go before the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction top scientists have called on governments to put evidence-based disaster risk reduction at the heart of their strategies for sustainable development.
30 Jan 2015 News briefs

Kobe’s message to Sendai

Of the many milestones on the “Road to Sendai,” the Kobe earthquake stands out. The learning from the 1995 Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake remains relevant today as governments from around the world prepare to meet in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in March.
20 Jan 2015 News briefs

Kobe 'shall never be forgotten'

A firm resolve to build a more resilient future in honour of those who lost their lives in the Kobe earthquake 20 years ago was evident amid the sombre services of remembrance over the weekend.
19 Jan 2015 News briefs

ECHO boosts Resilient Cities campaign

Two capital cities, Tbilisi and Bishkek, are among eight towns and cities from Central Asia and the Caucasus, joining UNISDR’s Making Cities Resilient Campaign in the new year.
12 Jan 2015 News briefs

The Indian Ocean Tsunami, ten years on

A decade on from the Indian Ocean Tsunami, lessons have been learned and applied across the region. For the upscale Le Meridien Phuket Beach Resort, disaster preparedness was the watchword even before the tragedy, with resilience seen as part and parcel of good business.
29 Dec 2014 News briefs

A decade after Indian Ocean Tsunami, lessons learned

It’s exactly ten years since the Indian Ocean Tsunami struck countries across the region, claiming 227,00 lives and leaving communities reeling.
26 Dec 2014 News briefs

Japan’s Private Sector Partnership members eager to play part in World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction

The ranks of UNISDR’s Private Sector Partnership (PSP) have swollen in Japan thanks to the admission of nine new companies and a business federation, the Keidanren, which represents more than 1,300 firms and 112 business associations. In addition, more than 10 companies are poised to join.
24 Dec 2014 News briefs

ASEAN push for DRR journalism syllabus

As the Philippines continued its recovery from Typhoon Hagupit which killed more than 27 people over the weekend, thirty representatives of journalism schools from the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Cambodia, Lao PDR and Myanmar met for two days in Manila to discuss how to integrate disaster risk reduction into training for journalists in ASEAN countries.
10 Dec 2014 News briefs

UN lauds Philippines handling of Typhoon Hagupit (Ruby)

As negotiations resume this week in Geneva on a global agreement on disaster risk management, the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) said the Philippines “zero casualty” approach to managing Typhoon Hagupit was further evidence of Asia’s leadership role in reducing mortality and tackling economic losses from disasters.
8 Dec 2014 Press release

Huge demand for evacuation centres in Tacloban

Government and schools were closed today in the Philippines coastal city of Tacloban as thousands of families flocked to evacuation centres ahead of the feared arrival of another “super typhoon” at the weekend.
4 Dec 2014 News briefs

Armenia highlights Sendai opportunity

Global policymakers were today urged to grasp the opportunity of the upcoming Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction #wcdrr as a key moment in collective efforts to build safer and more resilient nations www.wcdrr.org.
3 Dec 2014 News briefs

Crab risk reduction in Bangladesh!

The Hyogo Framework for Action has been an important guide to disaster risk managers working to build resilience on one of the world’s most exposed and vulnerable coasts.
27 Nov 2014 News briefs

Disasters and business continuity in the Philippines

The first anniversary of Typhoon Haiyan which took the lives of 6,300 people and resulted in US$ 10 billion in economic losses, was the impetus for a gathering of 130 chief executives, middle managers and government officials to discuss building resilience to disasters yesterday in Manila.
11 Nov 2014 News briefs

Haiyan survivors get new homes

A dream came true for more than 200 families from Bogo city in Cebu yesterday when they received the keys to their new homes, a year after the most powerful typhoon to make landfall in the Philippines destroyed their old houses last November.
10 Nov 2014 News briefs

Sendai is ready to tell its story

Ito Yoshichika is one of many proud citizens of the City of Sendai who are looking forward to telling their remarkable story of recovery when the city plays host to an expected 8,000 participants at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, in March 2015.
6 Nov 2014 News briefs

'Work towards zero casualties' – Message from Incheon

Forty city officials from China, Japan and Republic of Korea today joined in a toast “to work towards zero casualties from disasters” as the countdown continues to the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, in Sendai, Japan, next March.
5 Nov 2014 News briefs

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