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Indonesia Pledges Safety of Over 3,000 Schools and 100-plus hospitals

On 29 July, Indonesia committed to increase the safety of 3,156 schools and 105 hospitals as part of its engagement to the One Million Safe Schools and Hospitals Campaign, launched globally in Manila last April 2010.
29 Jul 2010 Press release

Three more mayors join resilient cities campaign from Philippines

Three mayors from the Philippines joined 60 other mayors from around the world who have pledged to meet some or all of the "Ten Essentials" that will make their cities more resilient. A ceremony was held as part of a workshop on strengthening climate resilience, organized by Plan International, the Institute of Development Studies and Christian Aid, from 22 to 23 July 2010 in Bangkok, Thailand.
26 Jul 2010 Press release

Global pledging initiative to make schools and hospitals safer launched today (8 April) in Manila


More than 300 participants from the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN), the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the civil society are launching today in Manila the 'One Million Safe Schools and Hospitals Initiative' to make hospitals and schools safer from disasters.

This global action is part of the new 2010-2011 World Disaster Reduction Campaign 'Making Cities resilient,' that will be launched in May, 2010, in Bonn, Germany.

The One Million Schools and Hospitals Initiative with the slogan “Make a Pledge, Save a Life” encourages an individual, a family, community, organization, government, or business entity to pledge to make a school or hospital safer from disasters in three ways: as an advocate, leader or champion.

“Making sure that schools, hospitals and other key public infrastructure meet certain safety standards are key steps to ensure that natural hazards do not turn into disasters,” said Margareta Walhstrom, Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Disaster Risk Reduction. “Individuals commitments are as important as mutual commitments” she added.

Official website of the online pledging initiative: www.safe-schools-hospitals.net/

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7 Apr 2010 News briefs

UNISDR Terminology on Disaster Risk Reduction launched in three East Asian languages

3 Nov 2009 News briefs

Global Assessment Report launched in Philippines

 

The launch of the 2009 Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction (GAR), prepared by the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction, took place yesterday, 28 October 2009, in the urban village of Barangay Nangka, Marikina City, one of the Metro Manila cities severely affected by floods. The report highlights the underlying drivers of disaster risk; poor urban governance, vulnerable rural livelihood and the decline of ecosystems.

 

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29 Oct 2009 News briefs

International Day for Disaster Reduction: Disaster Risk Reduction initiative for Nepal launched

 

Katmandu - A new disaster risk reduction initiative for Nepal was launched by a consortium of partners that comprises the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction, other United Nations organizations, the International Federation of Red Cross & Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the Asian Development Bank and the World Bank to mark the 2009 International Day for Disaster Reduction.

 

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19 Oct 2009 News briefs

Maldives celebrates International Day for Disaster Reduction

School children from the Maldives will be visiting one of their native islands, Dhuvaafaru today for an awareness raising activity within the context of the International Disaster Risk Reduction Day. Dhuvaafaru was among the several islands severely affected by the 2008 tsunami.


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14 Oct 2009 News briefs

Event : 2009 Global assesment report on disaster risk reduction launch : Bangkok, Thailand : 25th May

The Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction launched for the first time internationally in Bahrain on 17-18 May by the UN Secretary General Ban Ki -moon will be launched regionally in Bangkok on 25 May 2009, at the United Nations Conference Centre, in presence of senior officials from the Regional Organisations, Government of Thailand, senior representatives from the UN Agencies, International Financial Institutions, and the Civil Society, followed by a discussion on the implications of the Reports? findings for the Asia and the Pacific.


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25 May 2009 News briefs

ASEAN, UN and World Bank to collaborate in reducing disaster risk

The United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN-ISDR), with the World Bank and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) announced a joint cooperation, during the Bali Disaster Risk Reduction Forum.


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19 May 2009 News briefs

Video : 2009 Global assesment report (GAR)

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1 May 2009 News briefs

Meeting of the ISDR Asia Partnership (IAP), 23-24 Mar 2009 in Bangkok, Thailand

The first meeting of the IAP in 2009 will focus on preparations for the Second Session of the Global Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction, which will be held in Geneva Switzerland in June 2009.
16 Mar 2009 News briefs

Governments agree to commit more resources to disaster risk reduction at national and local levels

4 Dec 2008 Press release

Senator Loren Legarda appointed First “champion” for disaster risk reduction

2 Dec 2008 Press release

Governments meet to discuss disaster risk reduction action plans

1 Dec 2008 Press release

Indigenous Knowledge for Disaster Risk Reduction: Good Practices and lessons Learned from Experiences in the Asia-Pacific Region 2008

Even before we came up with high technology based early warning systems, or standard operating procedures for response, numerous local communities worldwide have prepared, operated, acted, and responded to natural disasters using indigenous methods passed on from one generation to the next.
1 Jul 2008 News briefs

ASEAN Regional Drawing Competition on Safer Community – Hospital, School and House of My Dream

Joint launch by the UN/ISDR Asia Pacific and ASEAN Secretariat of an ASEAN Regional Drawing Competition on “Safer Community – Hospital, School and House of My Dream” on the occasion of the 2008 ASEAN Day for Disaster Management & International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction, 8 October 2008.
2 Jun 2008 News briefs

Poorly constructed buildings kill people during earthquakes

16 May 2008 Press release

Regional Orintation Workshop on the HFA Progress Review, 25th April 2008 Bangkok

The UN/ISDR secretariat in Asia and Pacific and the UNDP Regional Centre in Bangkok, will jointly organize the above orientation workshop on the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) Progress Review Process in Asia.
21 Apr 2008 News briefs

Regional launch of the 2008-2009 World Campaign on Disaster Reduction on Hospitals Safe from Disasters

In order to echo the global launch of the World Campaign for Disaster Reduction on “Hospitals Safe from Disasters” that is organized by the secretariat of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) and the World Health Organization (WHO), with the support of the World Bank in Davos, Switzerland, in the context of the World Economic Forum, a regional launch of the campaign will be organized by UN/ISDR Asia & Pacific and WHO Regional Offices for South East Asia and Western Pacific on Friday 25 January 2008, 1300-1700, Amari Watergate Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand.
24 Jan 2008 Press release

Campaign Launched on Hospitals Safe from Disasters “The most expensive hospital is the one that fails”

多くの病院や医療施設が毎年、地震やハリケーン、洪水などの自然災害により破壊され、あるいは、損害を受けています。医療施設が破壊されると、何百万もの人々が災害時または災害後において緊急医療を受けることができなくなります。 Hundreds of hospitals and heath facilities are destroyed or damaged every year by disasters caused by natural hazards such as earthquakes, hurricanes and floods.
24 Jan 2008 News briefs

Call for contribution

The UNISDR Asia & Pacific is pleased to launch a call for contribution for its annual publication on disaster risk reduction “Disaster Reduction in Asia & Pacific – ISDR Informs: Issue 4, 2008” that will be issued in March 2009 to reflect the status of disaster risk reduction in 2008 in the Asia and Pacific region.
1 Jan 2008 News briefs

Kobe City (Hyogo Prefecture) at center of growing international focus on disaster risk reduction

国連国際防災戦略事務局(UNISDR)は、防災に関する広範な経験と専門知識を持つ日本政府および日本の防災関連機関とより密に協力していくため、兵庫県神戸市に国連国際防災戦略兵庫事務所(UNISDR Hyogo Office)を開設することになりました。 The International Strategy for Disaster Reduction secretariat is opening a new office, the “UNISDR Hyogo Office” in Kobe, Hyogo, Japan.
14 Oct 2007 News briefs

Earthquake in Pakistan and India - Schools and hospitals need to be better protected

11 Oct 2005 News briefs

World Conference on Disaster Reduction, 18 – 22 January 2005, Kobe, Hyogo, Japan

阪神淡路大震災から10年たった兵庫県神戸市で、1月18日から22日まで「国連防災世界会議(WCDR)」が開かれました。 Through its resolution A/RES/58/214, the United Nations General Assembly convened a World Conference on Disaster Reduction, to be held in Kobe, Hyogo, Japan, from 18 to 22 January 2005.
1 Feb 2005 News briefs

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