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Philippines early warning system saves lives as thousands flee Typhoon Bopha

The UN Office for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) today praised the improved performance of early warning systems in the Philippines as Typhoon Bopha cut a swathe of destruction across the country resulting in over 200 deaths and significant economic losses.
5 Dec 2012 Press release

Nepal’s tragedy in waiting

It's a scenario from hell which could rival the 2010 Haitian earthquake in terms of human losses.
20 Nov 2012 News briefs

Risk reduction and economic development

Government officials from Armenia, Cambodia, Gambia, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Mongolia and Republic of Korea arrive in Incheon today for a five-day "Leadership Forum on Mainstreaming Adaptation and Disaster Reduction into Development." Over 30 officials from a variety of backgrounds will examine entry points for introducing disaster risk reduction into economic development.
5 Nov 2012 News briefs

Overwhelming support in Asia for a new international agreement on disaster risk reduction

High-level delegations from 50 countries across Asia and the Pacific -- the most disaster-prone region in the world -- today united around a call for an international agreement on disaster risk reduction to follow on from the Hyogo Framework for Action* in 2015.
25 Oct 2012 Press release

Fifth Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction - Closing address by Margareta Wahlstrom

I would like to begin by offering my sincere thanks to President Yudhoyono and the Government of Indonesia, the National Agency for Disaster Management, BNPB, and the Provincial Government of Yogyakarta Special Region, for making this 5th Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction such an outstanding success. I would also like to specially thank the Governor of the Special Regional of Yogyakarta for hosting the dinner on the day of the opening ceremony and making this wonderful venue available to us.
25 Oct 2012 Statements & speeches

Disabled advocate takes centre stage at UNISDR film festival

A courageous disabled 24-year-old woman from a flood-prone part of Bangladesh was the centre of media attention today at the first UNISDR Asia Disaster Risk Reduction Film Festival in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, as a story woven around her life took a top prize in the human interest category.
25 Oct 2012 News briefs

UNISDR chief meets children on risk

UNISDR Chief Margareta Wahlström today met with children from four of the world's most disaster-prone countries Cambodia, Indonesia, Japan and the Philippines, who shared with her their views on the implementation of the five-point Children's Charter for Disaster Risk Reduction.
24 Oct 2012 News briefs

Asian children want greater involvement in disaster risk reduction

Governments across Asia must involve children when they plan and implement projects to help disaster-prone communities mitigate risks and the impact, youth participants at a regional ministerial meeting said.
24 Oct 2012 Press release

UN report finds disasters taking heavy toll on economic development in Asia-Pacific

A UN Report released today at the opening of the Fifth Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk reduction shows that Asia and the Pacific is paying a huge price for extreme weather events which are now impacting negatively on the continent's economic development.
23 Oct 2012 Press release

Indonesian president fears that disasters could push millions into poverty

The President of Indonesia, Dr. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, said today that the UN High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda which met last month for the first time, shares the view that "natural disasters and other crises could push millions of people back into poverty."
23 Oct 2012 Press release

Fifth Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction - Opening address by Margareta Wahlstrom

On behalf of the participants of the Fifth Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, let me thank the Indonesian Government for hosting this timely conference.
23 Oct 2012 Statements & speeches

Asian ministers meet in Indonesia to discuss impact of disasters on economic growth

More than 1,200 participants including 49 Government Ministers and high level delegates from Asia will gather next Tuesday in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, at the Fifth Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) where the devastating consequences of disaster losses across the region will be top of the agenda.
19 Oct 2012 Press release

UNISDR debuts film festival on disaster risk reduction

Eleven short films on disaster risk reduction have been selected for competition in the first Asian Film Festival on Disaster Risk Reduction which will take place at the Fifth Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction next week in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
18 Oct 2012 Press release

Japanese experts call for gender equality

A panel of eight leading women experts meeting at the birthplace of the Hyogo Framework for Action called on UNISDR Chief, Margareta Wahlström, to exert pressure for gender equality in disaster risk reduction. The dialogue with Ms. Wahlström was part of Kobe's observance of International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction.
16 Oct 2012 News briefs

UNISDR honors Thailand's Prime Minister

The UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, Margareta Wahlström, today honored the Prime Minister of Thailand, H.E. Yingluck Shinawatra, as a leading woman figure in disaster management.
12 Oct 2012 News briefs

Women and Girls: a force for community, country and regional resilience to disasters

It is a great honour to be here with you today to celebrate jointly the ASEAN Day for Disaster Management (ADDM) and the International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR).
12 Oct 2012 Statements & speeches

UNISDR declares tsunami-hit Sendai campaign role model

UNISDR today recognized Sendai, the largest city in Japan's tsunami-struck region of Tohoku, as a role model for the Making Cities Resilient Campaign for "promoting community-based disaster risk reduction and empowering people to act on disaster risk reduction."
9 Oct 2012 News briefs

UN Disaster Risk Reduction Chief visits Lao PDR

The UN disaster risk reduction chief today urged Asian and European Parliamentarians to work towards a new framework for action on disaster risk reduction that will protect more people and their assets from disasters as the current framework will end in 2015. The Hyogo Framework for Action -- Building the Resilience of Communities and Nations to Disasters came into force in 2005 for a period of 10 years.
4 Oct 2012 News briefs

Promoting Asia-European partnerships in disaster management including social mobilization

I would also like to congratulate and appreciate the National Assembly of Lao PDR for hosting this important partnership meeting among legislators from the tow regions. Disaster risk reduction including social participation is topical in both Asia and Europe as the two regions occupy positions one and three on the list of economic losses from disaster impacts.
3 Oct 2012 Statements & speeches

Asia's top business leaders establish key disaster reduction partnership

Some of Asia's most influential business leaders today agreed to adopt Business Continuity Management (BCM) as a first step towards safeguarding their businesses against disasters.
25 Sep 2012 News briefs

Pacific Platform moves on Post-HFA agreement

UNISDR Chief, Margareta Wahlström, today welcomed a major policy decision by Pacific Island States to help formulate a new international framework on disaster risk reduction to replace the current Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) in 2015.
20 Sep 2012 News briefs

Pacific Platform opens with call for change

The 4th Session of the Pacific Platform for Disaster Risk Management opened today with a strong call for Pacific Island Countries and Territories, and donors to address the challenges of climate change in a smarter way.
17 Sep 2012 News briefs

Guangzhou announces urban innovation awards

One of China's fastest growing cities, Guangzhou, announced yesterday at the World Urban Forum that it is joining UNISDR's Making Cities Resilient Campaign and also invited applications for the new Guangzhou International Award for Urban Innovation.
5 Sep 2012 News briefs

Australian capital gets UN recognition as a role model city for disaster management

Flash floods, bush fires, severe thunderstorms and even snowfalls have resulted in the Australian capital, Canberra, developing organization and coordination mechanisms for disaster risk reduction which have led to it being recognized today by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) as a Role Model for other cities to follow.
4 Sep 2012 Press release

Call for better planning in wake of Manila floods

Even by the standards of one of the world's most disaster-prone countries, the August floods which hit Manila and other parts of the Philippines have been devastating. Latest reports indicate that four million people have been affected and as many as one million people are living with relatives or in evacuation centres.
23 Aug 2012 News briefs

Unplanned urbanization increasing flood impacts

Following 12 days of rains brought on by seasonal southwest monsoons, there are signs that the chronic floods which have submerged 50 percent of Manila as well as nearby areas are abating.
9 Aug 2012 News briefs

Filipino commercials promote disaster risk reduction

A series of radio and television commercials aimed at educating and sensitizing millions of viewers in the Philippines about disaster risk reduction have just begun airing throughout the disaster prone south-east Asian nation.
31 Jul 2012 News briefs

Children ask to be heard on post-HFA

Japanese school children have asked the UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, Margareta Wahlström, to make sure that children's views are taken into account in the consultations on a new framework agreement on disaster risk reduction to succeed the Hyogo Framework for Action.
30 Jul 2012 News briefs

UNISDR and China launch new urban resilience award

The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and the World Cities Scientific Development Alliance (WCSDA) today announced the launch of the Resilient Cities Award to recognize excellence in land use planning and design and other activities that help protect communities from the impacts of natural hazards.
26 Jul 2012 News briefs

Sendai City joins UNISDR Cities Campaign

Some of the most dramatic images of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami came from Sendai City where tsunami waves travelled up to 10 km inland resulting in many deaths, flooding of the airport and the sweeping away of cars and airplanes.
25 Jul 2012 News briefs

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