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At tsunami summit, high school students commit to curb risk

Hundreds of high school students from around the world have pledged to step up efforts to reduce disaster risk, at a global gathering held to mark the first edition of World Tsunami Awareness Day.

1 Dec 2016 News briefs

Thailand’s ‘Madam Disaster’ champions risk reduction

Asia’s most prolific disaster risk reduction journalist has urged media colleagues from 12 other countries to move beyond simply describing events and instead help their audiences better protect themselves from various hazards.

16 Nov 2016 News briefs

Typhoon Haiyan memory spurs ARISE commitment

Exactly three years after the country was lashed by the deadly Typhoon Haiyan, UNISDR’s Private Sector Alliance for Disaster Resilient Societies (ARISE) network in the Philippines yesterday committed to strengthen partnerships with national and local authorities, academia and civil society as part of its ambition to reduce disaster risk in the hazard-prone country.

9 Nov 2016 News briefs

Tsunami dead remembered

The UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, Mr. Robert Glasser, initiated a minute’s silence today in remembrance of all those who have lost their lives in tsunamis as the first World Tsunami Awareness Day was commemorated on the final day of the Asian Ministerial Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction.

5 Nov 2016 News briefs

Closing speech by Robert Glasser at the Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction

Prime Minister Modi set the tone for this Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction when he urged us all to embrace wholeheartedly the spirit of the Sendai Framework. Today when I see the outcomes from the Conference and the scale of your ambition over the next 14 years for implementing the Sendai Framework, I think the Prime Minister can rest assured that his appeal did not fall on deaf ears.

 

5 Nov 2016 News briefs

Asia adopts ambitious Sendai plan

The Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction was hailed by the Indian Home Minister, Mr. Rajnath Singh, as “a landmark event” as it concluded today with adoption of a clear regional plan to substantially reduce disaster losses by 2030.

5 Nov 2016 News briefs

Tales of resilience scoop film awards

Three films of human resilience in an era of increasing disaster risk and a changing climate have scooped the main prizes at a prestigious awards ceremony. The documentaries – from Vietnam, Indonesia and India – were honoured for their insightful journalism and compelling tales of local innovation at the closing of the Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction 2016.

5 Nov 2016 News briefs

Sendai Framework monitoring by 2020

There was a wide-ranging discussion of indicators to measure progress in reducing disaster losses today at the Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction. Full scale monitoring of the Sendai Framework is due to start in 2020.

4 Nov 2016 News briefs

Challenge of tsunami awareness

A wide ranging Special Session on World Tsunami Awareness Day took place yesterday before today's opening of the Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction. Raising awareness of rare events is challenging.

3 Nov 2016 News briefs

Speech by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to the Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction

"The journey from Sendai continues here in Delhi, where the outcomes of your efforts will influence the disaster risk reduction agenda not just in Asia but in the world at large," UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has told the Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, hosted by India.

3 Nov 2016 Statements & speeches

Embrace the spirit of Sendai, urges India PM

The Prime Minister of India, Mr. Narendra Modi, today urged participants in the Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction “to wholeheartedly embrace the spirit of Sendai, which calls for an all-of-society approach to disaster risk management.”

3 Nov 2016 News briefs

Speech by Robert Glasser at the Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction

In order to achieve a substantial reduction in disaster losses by 2030, there is a clear need to build on Asia’s success in reducing mortality from floods and storms in particular.

3 Nov 2016 Statements & speeches

From Sendai to New Delhi

Over 4,000 delegates, including representatives  from over 40 countries, flocked to the opening today of the Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction which is the region’s first opportunity to review progress on implementing the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the global plan for reducing disaster losses.

3 Nov 2016 News briefs

India hosts Asian Ministerial Conference

The Indian Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, will inaugurate the Asian Ministrial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction tomorrow in New Delhi. It will be the largest such inter-governmental gathering since the adoption of the Sendai Framework in March 2015.

2 Nov 2016 News briefs

Indian businesses to launch DRR fund

A business federation representing more than 250,000 enterprises in the world’s fastest growing major economy today pledged to lead the launch of a fund for private sector innovators to develop sustainable solutions for disaster resilience.

2 Nov 2016 News briefs

Pacific countries step up disaster risk reduction

Pacific countries have pledged to step up efforts to deal with the challenge posed by climate change and the threat of disasters, in order to ensure that their development is sustainable.

26 Oct 2016 News briefs

#IDDR2016: Fiji’s honest appraisal of Cyclone Winston

There were fears of very large loss of life when Fiji was hit in February this year by the first category 5 cyclone in its recorded history, and the strongest ever seen in the southern hemisphere.

10 Oct 2016 News briefs

India evacuates 30,000 in tsunami drill

UNISDR was on hand to observe how today's tsunami drill unfolded in the coastal village of Patisunapur in the Indian state of Odisha.

7 Sep 2016 News briefs

India gets tsunami-ready

India which suffered heavy losses in the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami is one of the leading players in the tsunami drill which gets underway tomorrow in 24 countries.

6 Sep 2016 News briefs

Scientists agree Sendai Framework priorities

The 1st Asian Science and Technology Conference has agreed eight priorities to harness the power of research and technology to support implementation of the Sendai Framework.

25 Aug 2016 News briefs

Record heat "frightening development"

"This is a critical time in the history of the planet when many look to the science and technology community for solutions and guidance;" head of UNISDR tells Asia science conference.

23 Aug 2016 News briefs

BRICS boost for Sendai Framework

Ministers for disaster management from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa concernend over growing level of disaster losses, agree to reduce disaster risk.

23 Aug 2016 News briefs

Reducing risk is key for sustainable urbanization

Reducing the risks posed by natural and man-made hazards will be critical to keep cities around the globe on a sustainable development track, according to delegates preparing the way for the UN’s Habitat III conference on urbanization.

2 Aug 2016 News briefs

Mall giant SM Prime spotlights persons with disabilities, seniors

Key UNISDR private sector partner SM Prime Holdings, Inc., the largest mall operator and developer in the Philippines, has spotlighted the importance of including persons with disabilities and senior citizens in disaster risk reduction efforts.

22 Jul 2016 News briefs

Tajikistan puts Sendai at heart of development

The Deputy Prime Minister of Tajikistan said today his country was committed to a path of sustainable and resilient social and economic development, with the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction at the heart of this driving ambition.

12 Jul 2016 News briefs

Mongolia launches public-private partnership for resilience

Mongolia has launched a new partnership between the public and private sectors to prevent and reduce disaster risks, as the country looks to protect its economic growth and address its changing hazard profile.

9 Jun 2016 News briefs

Disaster risk reduction champion to inspire Asia

India’s UN Champion for Disaster Risk Reduction is confident his country will seize the huge opportunity of building sustainable and resilient development in the world’s second-most populous country.

6 Jun 2016 News briefs

India puts Sendai Framework into operation

The Prime Minister of India, Mr. Narendra Modi, today released the country’s first ever National Disaster Management Plan, a document based on the global blueprint for reducing disaster losses, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

1 Jun 2016 News briefs

Tsunami experts drill to curb Indian Ocean risk

It’s 6:00 am one September day when a powerful undersea earthquake rocks the Makran Trench along the coast of Pakistan and Iran. Minutes later, the tsunami warning centres in India and Indonesia issue simultaneous alerts, followed rapidly by their counterpart in Australia, and authorities across the Indian Ocean swing into action. It's all a test, and a critical component of the region's disaster preparedness.

13 May 2016 News briefs

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

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