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France unveils flood awareness measures

The French government has unveiled a package of measures intended to raise public awareness of the threat posed by floods.

22 Mar 2016 News briefs

French Government backs Sendai Framework

At the first meeting of the French Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction since the adoption of the Sendai Framework, France today announced a series of measures which will help achieve the targets.

22 Mar 2016 News briefs

Speech by Robert Glasser at the French National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

France is well placed to take on a leadership role in the implementation of the Sendai Framework given how much it has demonstrated its commitment to reducing disaster risk and reducing disaster losses.

22 Mar 2016 Statements & speeches

Intervention de Madame Ségolène Royal aux 3e Assises nationales des risques naturels le 22 mars à Marseille

Je suis très heureuse d’être parmi vous pour ouvrir ces troisièmes assises nationales des risques naturels à Marseille. Nous sommes dans une région particulièrement concernée par des risques naturels, inondations, feux de forêt, risque sismique, tsunami. Et je sais combien les élus, les acteurs économiques et les populations de cette région sont sensibilisés sur ces sujets.

22 Mar 2016 Statements & speeches

Sendai: London's perspective

London is home to almost nine million people. It is a global centre for finance, insurance, education and culture. As the capital of the United Kingdom it is a critical centre for national government. These crucial roles mean that it must be resilient to disaster.

21 Mar 2016 News briefs

It's time to switch from managing disasters to reducing risk

I am proud to celebrate the first anniversary of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction which was adopted on March 18, 2015 at a major U.N. conference in Japan. It was the first milestone agreement of the 2030 Development Agenda and paved the way for agreement on the Sustainable Development Goals and the adoption of the Paris Agreement on climate change.

18 Mar 2016 Statements & speeches

French public learns life-saving skills

Launched by France in the wake of the November 2015 Paris attacks, a nationwide programme has helped the public learn critical medical skills that can save lives in an emergency or a disaster.

2 Mar 2016 News briefs

Sendai’s role in ecosystems underlined at COP21

Governments, civil society and the private sector are delivering on the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and building resilience to climate-related disasters through efforts to protect ecosystems and biodiversity.

11 Dec 2015 News briefs

Louvre Museum works to fend off floods

Home to the Mona Lisa, the Venus de Milo and other priceless masterpieces, the world-famous Louvre Museum is all too aware of the need to fend off natural hazards.

10 Dec 2015 News briefs

Protect heritage, reduce risk

Countries should strive to protect their heritage sites from natural and man-made hazards, according to experts aiming to advance Europe’s implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

15 Oct 2015 News briefs

Russia begins Sendai Framework implementation

The Russian Federation is kick-starting its implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, seeing it as a key priority for the state, the government told an international congress in Moscow this week.

15 Oct 2015 News briefs

Community solidarity in East Salford

The UK community of East Salford has over 1,400 homes and 500 businesses in Lower Broughton and Lower Kersal – all of which are at risk of flooding from the River Irwell. Salford has a long history of flooding , notably in 1946, 1954 and 1980.

13 Oct 2015 News briefs

Italy’s ‘Network of Resilience’ recognized

Today, one of Europe’s most vulnerable earthquake zones, the Italian Province of Potenza, was recognized as a champion of disaster risk reduction for the creation of a “Network of Resilience” among 100 municipalities.

13 Oct 2015 News briefs

Europe adopts Sendai roadmap

European countries on Friday issued a broad-ranging plan to energize their implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, an international agreement that aims by 2030 to reduce substantially the number of deaths and economic damage caused by natural and man-made hazards.

9 Oct 2015 News briefs

Flood monitoring start-up wins award

A French start-up that uses image sensors to monitor water levels in order to head off the threat of flood has today won a pan-European award that recognizes innovative approaches to reducing disaster risk.

7 Oct 2015 News briefs

First step to implementing Sendai Framework is to understand risks

I am pleased to be here today at the opening of the 6th annual meeting of the European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction – a key regional platform in the wake of the Third UN World Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan in March 2015. I want to sincerely thank the Government of France and Minister Royale for hosting the event in Paris as well as for their continued engagement with UNISDR.

7 Oct 2015 Statements & speeches

Europe starts Sendai roadmap talks

European countries has begun three days’ of talks that will play a key role in driving forward the continent’s implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

7 Oct 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

Senior Italian official named DRR champion

The former leader of the Italian Civil Protection Department was today named a Disaster Risk Reduction Champion by UNISDR in recognition of his tireless efforts to deal with the threats posed by hazards such as the devastating Abruzzo earthquake of 2009.

3 Jul 2015 News briefs

Floods catch zoo unprepared

The flood tragedy that has rocked Tbilisi, killing at least 15 people, is symbolised by the death or escape of hundreds of animals from the Georgian capital’s zoo, throwing the spotlight squarely on what needs to be done to protect such sites.

15 Jun 2015 News briefs

European research network maps Sendai Framework

A disaster resilience education and research Roadmap for Europe 2030 has been launched in response to the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, which was adopted by the international community in March.

22 May 2015 News briefs

UNISDR praises Geneva’s flood management

The head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, Margareta Wahlström, today praised Geneva for its management of the exceptional floodwaters which have threatened the city in recent days following torrential rain in the French Alps. Geneva is home to UNISDR and 40 other UN agencies.
6 May 2015 Press release

Potenza becomes role model for resilience

POTENZA, 26 January 2015 - The Italian Province of Potenza was recognized at the weekend as a role model for inclusive resilience by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction for its unique network of 100 cities which are all enrolled in the Making Cities Resilient Campaign.
26 Jan 2015 News briefs

EU gears up for disability inclusive #WCDRR

The new Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union is pressing ahead with plans to strengthen measures across the 28 EU Member States to include persons with disabilities in disaster risk management activities.
14 Jan 2015 News briefs

DESINVENTAR: Accelerating disaster losses data collection in Serbia

Accounting for disaster losses in Serbia gained considerable ground at a special training event focusing on how to use DESINVENTAR as an effective tool to support decision-making about investments on prevention measures.

30 Dec 2014 News briefs

Montenegro launches National Platform for DRR

Montenegro today became the 27th country in Europe to launch a National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, a key step towards implementing the world’s first global blueprint for reducing disaster risk, the Hyogo Framework for Action.

16 Dec 2014 News briefs

Slovenia joins UNISDR Cities Campaign

Kamnik has become the first town in the Balkan state of Slovenia to join UNISDR's Making Cities Resilient Campaign. An event last week to mark the move brought together representatives from national and local authorities, and dozens of firefighter volunteers.
11 Dec 2014 News briefs

South East Europe builds resilience to natural hazards

A new cross-border multi-hazard early warning system will be developed in the Western Balkans and Turkey to increase resilience to floods, landslides, droughts and heat-waves which often hit the region and to build on the lessons learnt from the devastating floods of May 2014.
27 Oct 2014 News briefs

Kristalina Georgieva recognized as DRR Champion

The European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, Kristalina Georgieva, today called for a change in “the global mind-set towards disaster risk reduction” as she was confirmed as a Champion of Disaster Risk Reduction by UNISDR.
24 Oct 2014 News briefs

Lively debate on European floods

The recurrence of flooding, one of Europe’s most persistent natural hazards, presents both a challenge and an opportunity when it comes to disaster reduction, a conference heard on Wednesday.
9 Oct 2014 News briefs

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