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Luxembourg and UNISDR sign cooperation agreement

The UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Reduction, Margareta Wahlström, and Luxembourg’s Minister for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Affairs, Marie-Josée Jacobs, today signed a four-year Cooperation Agreement.
Press release

Disaster Figures For 2007

2007 saw a marked increase in the number of floods compared with the average of the last seven years, and Asia was the continent hit hardest by disasters according to figures from the Belgian WHO collaborating Center for Research on epidemiology of Disasters (CRED).
1 Jan 2008 News briefs

Disaster Risk Reduction: 2007 Global Review

A radical realignment of priorities in addressing the Hyogo Framework for Action are required if the growing population living in high risk conditions is to be adequately protected, the recently released UN/ISDR’s 2007 Global Review has concluded.
30 Jan 2008 News briefs

World Disaster Reduction Campaign 2008-2009

The World Disaster Reduction Campaign 2008-2009: 'Hospitals Safe from Disasters' is a global campaign. It was launched in Davos, Switzerland on 25 January, by the secretariat of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) and the World Health Organization (WHO), with support from the World Bank.
1 Feb 2008 News briefs

The structure, role and mandate of civil protection in disaster risk reduction for South Eastern Europe

15 May 2009 News briefs

Implementing the Hyogo Framework for Action in Europe: advances and challenges

19 May 2009 News briefs

Side Event on South Eastern Europe and Disaster Risk Reduction, 17 June 2009, Global Platform, Geneva (Switzerland)

26 Jun 2009 News briefs

First Euro-Mediterranean forum on Civil Protection issues 21-22 July 2009, Rome (Italy)

20 Jul 2009 News briefs

Disaster Prevention Workshop, 27-29 July 2009, Stockholm (Sweden)

5 Aug 2009 News briefs

New National Platforms in Europe

7 Oct 2009 News briefs

National Platforms for Advancing Disaster Risk Reduction at National Level Workshop, 31 August-02 September 2009, Sarajevo (Bosnia-Herzegovina)

7 Oct 2009 News briefs

Meeting Of European National Platforms and HFA Focal Points, 11–13 November 2009, London (UK)

1 Dec 2009 News briefs

Meeting of UNISDR Director, Dr Sálvano Briceño, with President of the FYR of Macedonia, Dr Gjorge Ivanov, Skopje, 3-4 November 2009

1 Dec 2009 News briefs

New National Platform in Europe – Republic of Croatia

8 Dec 2009 News briefs

My City is Getting Ready, Is yours? UNISDR launches 2010-11 World Disaster Reduction Campaign

With more than half the world’s population living in urban areas, cities are particularly vulnerable to the risks of natural hazards, such as earthquakes, drought and floods. To strengthen a city’s readiness to reduce disaster impacts, the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction is launching this Sunday, 30 May 2010 in Bonn, Germany, a new campaign to raise awareness and boost commitment for sustainable development practices that will increase a city’s well-being and safety.

27 May 2010 Press release

UNISDR at Cities on Volcanoes 6 (COV6)

Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain, May 31 - June 4, 2010

Volcanic risks are of great urban concern, as many settlements are situated on volcano flanks or in historic paths of mud and lava flows. COV6-Tenerife is an international forum where experts will discuss ways to improve volcanic risk management in densely populated volcanic regions. Henri Gaudru, President of the European Volcanologist Society, will present the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction as well as the 2010-11 World Disaster Reduction Campaign “Making Cities Resilient: My City is Getting Ready” at the meeting.

29 May 2010 News briefs

Mayors from around the world declare commitment to making cities resilient to climate change

Mayors from 22 cities in 19 countries gathered in Bonn, Germany to launch the Mayors Adaptation Forum - the first annual platform of the World Mayors Council on Climate Change to help local leaders with advocacy and local adaptation practices. The Bonn Declaration of the Mayors Adaptation Forum commits to the implementation and monitoring of the Making Cities Resilient campaign, and urges the international climate community to recognize the increased leadership of local governments in climate change mitigation and adaptation.

7 Jul 2010 News briefs

Finland launches National Platform

UNISDR Europe is pleased to announce that the Republic of Finland has launched its National Platform (NP) for Disaster Risk Reduction under the coordination of the Department for Rescue Services of the Ministry of Interior. We would like to congratulate Finland on advancing its disaster risk reduction agenda.
4 Aug 2010 News briefs

European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction holds session at IDRC Davos 2010

The European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) organized a special event on European National Platforms in collaboration with UNISDR Europe, the Council of Europe European and Mediterranean Major Hazards Agreement (EUR-OPA), the European Commission and UNESCO. The goal was to discuss experiences from European National Platforms (NPs). These need to be built on national and local conditions, cultures, and structures, should reflect the needs of their constituencies and can serve as laboratories of ideas to promote innovation for DRR initiatives. The event introduced the newly established European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction, which brings together National Platforms, Hyogo Framework for Action Focal Points and regional organizations to jointly reduce vulnerabilities in Europe.
4 Aug 2010 News briefs

Resilient cities campaign reaches 100 cities with City of Nis

The City of Nis, Serbia, became the one-hundredth city to join the 2010-11 World Disaster Reduction Campaign “Making Cities Resilient – My City is Getting Ready!” at the city’s “Strategy for Safety Promotion” event on 30 September, a highly publicized event attended by over 40 Serbian cities. Nis joined the campaign along with 17 others.
2 Oct 2010 Press release

Parliamentarians urged to take action on disaster reduction

The Inter-Parliamentary Union passed a resolution, which calls on their governments to provide adequate and accessible resources to support the UN in developing a parliamentary programme on disaster risk reduction that focuses on mitigation, prevention and preparedness and UN agencies involved in providing disaster assistance. UNISDR, the UN’s agency for disaster risk reduction, is calling on international lawmakers to take action on disaster risk reduction as a means to achieve the Millennium Development Goals and adapt to climate change.
7 Oct 2010 Press release

2010 International Day for Disaster Reduction

This year's theme: My City is Getting Ready!

To mark the International Day for Disaster Reduction, the UNISDR secretariat is calling on its partners to play a more active role to protect cities against disasters. Many cities have been disrupted this year by disasters: earthquakes in Haiti, Chile and New Zealand; floods and heavy rainfalls in Pakistan, Eastern Europe, Mozambique and other parts of Africa; forest fires in Russia; and volcanic eruptions in Indonesia and Iceland. All have caused huge human suffering and economic damage. Cities have never been so at risk.
12 Oct 2010 Press release

Call for nominations for the 2011 Sasakawa Award for Disaster Reduction

From promoting women’s empowerment in Indonesia, to teaching architects to build structures resilient against hurricanes and earthquakes, the Sasakawa Award for Disaster Reduction has helped fund innovative disaster reduction work by a range of professionals from geologists to engineers for the past 23 years. Nominations are now open for the 2011 Sasakawa Award to be given to an individual or organization for outstanding and internationally recognized action that contributes to building the resilience of nations and communities to disasters.
25 Oct 2010 News briefs

Call for good practices and lessons learned for the “Making Cities Resilient – My City is Getting Ready!” campaign

UNISDR is launching a call for "good practices" and lessons learned by cities/local governments in support of the "Making Cities Resilient – My City is Getting Ready!" campaign. Selected examples will be published by the end of 2011, and others will be showcased during the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction on 8-13 May 2011.
9 Nov 2010 News briefs

Covering disasters from a DRR perspective

National media organizations play an important role in promoting national disaster risk reduction policies and programmes. They need to know about disaster risk reduction and to establish contact with their national disaster risk reduction representatives who can provide them with accurate and timely information. To support this, UNISDR, Thomson Reuters Foundation, UNRIC and ECHO, are organizing a two-day media training in Brussels from 15 to 16 November 2010 with ten media organizations and national platform representatives from European countries.
15 Nov 2010 News briefs

Campaign cities and partners urged to nominate candidates for the UN-Sasakawa award

In a message from Helena Molin Valdes, Deputy Director of UNISDR, all campaign cities and partners are encouraged to submit a nomination for the UN-Sasakawa award to highlight good practice and achievements against as many of the "ten essentials" for making cities resilient as possible.
17 Jan 2011 News briefs

Strengthening climate change adaptation through effective disaster risk reduction

This briefing note highlights that climate change adaptation relies on the reduction and management of climate-related disaster risks and why both need to become central to development planning and investment. It incorporates evidence that illustrates how climate risks are constructed and which risks can be reduced cost effectively.
2 Feb 2011 News briefs

The province of Tyrol, Austria, and all its 279 municipalities join the Making Cities Resilient campaign

The province of Tyrol and all its 279 municipalities joined the Making Cities Resilient campaign, with the City of Lienz taking the lead. Tyrol follows an innovative approach to disaster risk reduction: Between 2010 and 2013, each municipality will hold expert-led workshops in order to prepare a comprehensive risk portfolio following a standardized methodology. Tyrol will share its extensive disaster risk reduction knowledge in the context of the campaign.
7 Feb 2011 News briefs

Cities in Italy to join the “Making Cities Resilient” campaign, just as UNISDR launches Review of the Hyogo Framework for Action

In an official ceremony today, the Mayor of Rome, Gianni Alemanno, and the Mayor of Florence, Matteo Renzi, officially marked their cities’ participation in the United Nations World Disaster Reduction Campaign “Making Cities Resilient – My City is Getting Ready!” which involves over 600 cities worldwide. The Mayor of Milan, too, has officially declared her willingness to join the campaign.
9 Mar 2011 Press release

Making Cities Resilient on the agenda at the 20th Session of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe

On 22nd until 24th March the 20th Session of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe was held in Strasbourg to discuss issues including City Safety and the ISDR Making cities resilient 'my city is getting ready' world disaster reduction Campaign.
30 Mar 2011 News briefs

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