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Georgian media talk disaster risk

Reporters from main TV, radio and print media organisations in Georgia met over the weekend to discuss reporting on disasters as part of a growing global effort to improve disaster risk communication as called for in the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, adopted earlier this year.
9 Nov 2015 News briefs

Singapore and UNISDR launch Sendai partnership

Singapore and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) have teamed up to strengthen the disaster risk management capacity of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and other countries that are on the front line of climate change.
4 Nov 2015 News briefs

Cook Islands’ online menu for resilience

The 15,000 people of the Cook Islands, who inhabit 15 islands spread across an area of Pacific Ocean the size of Saudi Arabia, know from experience that a stronger and coordinated approach to disaster risk governance reduces distance and builds resilience.
3 Nov 2015 News briefs

Resilience two metres above sea-level

Building local disaster resilience is a matter of survival for the people of Tokelau, whose sole link to the rest of the world is a fortnightly boat service that takes 24 hours to their nearest neighbor, Samoa.
30 Oct 2015 News briefs

Vanuatu builds resilience

The Lord Mayor of Cyclone-hit Port Vila says the word ‘resilience’ now carries real meaning on the streets of the Vanuatu capital, an achievement he cites as one of the proudest of his time in office.
29 Oct 2015 News briefs

Sendai “groundbreaking” on inclusion

The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction represents a ‘groundbreaking’ agreement that sets a new benchmark in efforts to strengthen inclusion.
28 Oct 2015 News briefs

Pacific moves on targets and indicators

The Pacific region today recommended the development of national and regional targets and indicators as a key element to the successful implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

27 Oct 2015 News briefs

Pacific urged to lead against complacency

The Pacific region today was urged to use its respected voice on the global stage to rally against complacency over the mounting level of disaster and climate related risk.

26 Oct 2015 News briefs

El Niño and climate change pose existential threat to Pacific islands

The Head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), Margareta Wahlström, today opened the 2015 Pacific Regional Disaster Resilience Meeting amidst fears that El Niño will result in more extreme weather events across the hazard-prone region of small islands and atolls.

26 Oct 2015 Press release

El Niño threat to the Pacific

A high level disaster resilience forum in the Pacific next week will have added importance as concerns grow over the potential impact on the region of this year’s El Niño.
23 Oct 2015 News briefs

Philippines zero casualty policy pays off

The head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), Margareta Wahlström, today praised the Philippines for its successful efforts to reduce mortality and the numbers of people affected by the latest typhoon to sweep across the country despite tidal surges, heavy rains, floods and landslides.
19 Oct 2015 Press release

School and tourism safety are key priorities to rebuild a safer Nepal

Retrofitting all schools and better protecting tourist infrastructure are two urgent priorities to rebuild a safer Nepal, according to a new report released today that evaluates the damage caused by the twin earthquakes that hit the Kathmandu Valley on 25 April 2015, killing 8,800 people and destroying half a million houses and 50,000 classrooms.
16 Oct 2015 Press release

Local knowledge battles floods in India

India has had some significant success in reducing the death tolls from cyclones and flooding in recent years due to better preparedness and early warnings. In October 2014 and October 2013 large scale evacuations saved many lives as early warnings were disseminated in a timely and effective way to endangered populations along the Bay of Bengal.
12 Oct 2015 News briefs

Philippines indigenous community honoured by UN

International Day for Disaster Reduction arrived early today in the Philippines. Globally, the Day is marked next Tuesday on October 13 but the Philippines Senate today took time out to celebrate the Day’s theme of community and local knowledge for disaster risk management.
9 Oct 2015 News briefs

UN launches call for safe schools on 10th anniversary of Pakistan earthquake

The head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), Margareta Wahlström, today marked the anniversary of the 7.8 Pakistan earthquake which killed 19,000 schoolchildren and their teachers with a call for more countries to join the new Worldwide Initiative for Safe Schools.
8 Oct 2015 Press release

Knowledge for life on the Bangladesh coast

A small community on the disaster prone coast of Bangladesh is translating the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction into the local dialect as part of an ongoing community revival since it was hit hard by Cyclone Sidr in 2007.
8 Oct 2015 News briefs

Action agreed on Safe Schools

The head of UNISDR, Margareta Wahlström, today welcomed the adoption of a global action plan by 24 countries to advance the Worldwide Initiative for Safe Schools (WISS) in line with the targets for reducing disaster losses set out in the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

6 Oct 2015 News briefs

Iran nears goal of 100% safe schools

Iran’s commitment to ensuring Safe Schools was made clear yesterday as it announced plans to spend $3 billion over the next five years to complete its programme of retrofitting or reconstructing all public schools located in the country’s seismic zones.
5 Oct 2015 News briefs

Iran acts on Sendai Framework

Implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 received another boost this week with the announcement in Tehran that the text has now been translated into Farsi, a language used by some 100 million people in Iran and neighbouring countries.
5 Oct 2015 News briefs

Korea’s new disasters network

Korea’s advance towards a national integrated public-safety communications network is being heralded as an example of how disaster risk reduction represents a major business opportunity.
24 Sep 2015 News briefs

Local knowledge saves lives in Vanuatu

The Pacific Region has a wealth of traditional knowledge for disaster risk reduction. It is rarely advertised or documented, but passed on by word of mouth from generation to generation. One striking example came to light after one of the worst cyclones this year.
22 Sep 2015 News briefs

Cyclone recovery in the Pacific

Cyclone Pam’s devastation of Vanuatu provided a real-time example of the relevance of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk as it was adopted at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, in Japan, almost six months ago.
17 Sep 2015 News briefs

Sendai Framework applied post-Haiyan

TACLOBAN, 14 September 2015 - Almost two years after the Philippines island of Leyte was devastated by Typhoon Haiyan, “Building Back Better” is the principle guiding the efforts of local governments in Tacloban city, Javier, Tanuan and Palo municipalities which were visited today by the head of UNISDR, Margareta Wahlström.
15 Sep 2015 News briefs

Making a resilient airport

NADI, Fiji, 9 September 2015 – When floods closed Fiji’s main international airport for the only time in its history, economic shockwaves rippled through the tourism-dependent country.
9 Sep 2015 News briefs

Business key for Sendai Framework success

Indonesia’s National Disaster Management Agency has told business leaders that the private sector is vital to efforts to reduce the country’s disaster risk.

31 Aug 2015 News briefs

Bishkek boost for Sendai Framework

Municipal authorities in Kyrgyzstan’s capital Bishkek have taken the lead to ensure that their city successfully implements the new Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

13 Aug 2015 News briefs

UN backs disaster resilience plans for hotels in Asia and the Pacific

The head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), Margareta Wahlström, today announced a plan to develop and pilot disaster risk management standards for the hotel industry in Asia and the Pacific, home to 80% of the world’s disaster events.
29 Jul 2015 Press release

Georgia moves on Sendai Framework

The city of Tblisi is moving to strengthen its readiness to deal with natural and technological hazards while memories of last month’s flash flooding remain fresh.
27 Jul 2015 News briefs

Sendai training for local governments

The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) has started training programmes for local governments with a focus on developing strategies based on the priorities for action in the new Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.
24 Jul 2015 News briefs

Tourism sector embraces Sendai Framework

An industry which is literally on the front line of disaster and climate risk is emerging as a leader in efforts to strengthen resilience in one of Viet Nam’s prime tourist destinations.
6 Jul 2015 News briefs

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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.