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Council of Europe etches Sendai Framework into regional plan

European countries have added momentum to their drive to curb the impacts of natural and man-made hazards by inscribing the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction into a four-year regional plan of action.

27 Oct 2016 News briefs

#IDDR2016: UNISDR and European Committee of the Regions join forces to reduce disaster risks

The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) have agreed a five-year plan to support EU cities and regions to take more concerted action to reduce the impact of natural disasters. It specifically wants to increase the number of towns and cities with disaster risk-reduction strategies by 2020.

13 Oct 2016 Press release

#IDDR2016: Europe steps up local government risk efforts

The European Union's assembly of regional and local representatives , the Committee of the Regions,  today cemented its collaboration with the United Nations as the globe marked International Day for Disaster Reduction.

13 Oct 2016 News briefs

#IDDR2016: Europe’s Meteolarm offers life-saving alerts

Rolled out in the wake of one of the deadliest storms to strike Europe in decades, the continent-wide weather information service Meteoalarm plays a life-saving role by raising public awareness of how to curb risks, and fosters international cooperation into the bargain.

7 Oct 2016 News briefs

Turkey takes the helm of European disaster risk body

Turkey took the helm of Europe’s top disaster risk reduction forum today, ahead of a new drive by the continent’s governments to widen efforts to curb the threats posed by natural and man-made hazards.

5 Oct 2016 News briefs

Linking disaster risk, development and climate change

Efforts to curb the threats posed by natural and man-made hazards need to be tied tightly with sustainable development and climate change adaptation, according to participants at Europe’s top disaster risk reduction forum.

4 Oct 2016 News briefs

Finnish global health security body wins European disaster risk award

The Finnish arm of an international grouping working to ward off biological and health threats such as Ebola and the Zika virus has won a pan-European award that recognises innovative approaches to reducing disaster risk.

3 Oct 2016 News briefs

Europe holds key disaster risk reduction talks

Europe today began its annual talks on curbing the threat of natural and man-made hazards, with the aim of accelerating efforts to achieve the goals of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

3 Oct 2016 News briefs

Public awareness key to curbing tsunami risk

Scientists and disaster risk experts from the Mediterranean and beyond have vowed to step up efforts to raise awareness among the general public of how to react to the threat of tsunamis.

28 Sep 2016 News briefs

Europe to strengthen tsunami alert system

Nations on the North Atlantic, Mediterranean and Black Seas have decided to bolster their tsunami warning systems by giving France, Greece, Italy and Turkey a regionwide alert role.

27 Sep 2016 News briefs

Italy commits to long-term earthquake preparedness

A week ago today, Italy was struck by a 6.2 earthquake which has claimed at least 292 lives. The Italian Prime Minister, Mr. Matteo Renzi, has announced that a new national earthquake preparedness plan is under preparation.

31 Aug 2016 News briefs

Action for urban resilience

A two day high level forum concludes today in Florence with recommendations on series of actions required to build urban resilience to disasters.
17 Jun 2016 News briefs

Data vital to Sendai implementation

The links between disaster risk reduction, sustainable development and climate change adaptation are in focus this week in the European Union’s hub of Brussels.

16 Jun 2016 News briefs

Florence boost for Sendai Framework

Mayors, ministers and experts are meeting in Florence today and tomorrow to discuss local level implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

16 Jun 2016 News briefs

Paris on major flood alert

Officials in Paris have closed two of the world’s most famous museums as the river Seine rose above its preliminary alert level of five metres yesterday evoking fears of a repeat of the catastrophic floods of 1910.

3 Jun 2016 News briefs

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

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