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Italy establishes Heritage Resilience Centre

Italy will further strengthen its reputation as a leader on protection of cultural heritage from disasters when it opens a new Heritage Resilience Centre on October 13, International Day for Disaster Reduction.
9 Oct 2017 News briefs

Turkey tackles earthquake risk

The lamp in the classroom begins to sway. The desks start to shake. If you’ve never faced an earthquake, Turkey’s AFAD national disaster management authority can give you a taste.

6 Apr 2017 News briefs

Local, strategic and economic: a recipe for risk reduction

Local governments, strategic thinking and the economic bottom line are driving forces of efforts to curb the impacts of natural and human-induced hazards.

31 Mar 2017 News briefs

Don’t forget refugees and migrants when tackling risk

Refugees and migrants must be included in efforts to reduce the risk of disasters, experts said this week at a European conference.

30 Mar 2017 News briefs

Opening speech by Robert Glasser to the European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction, Istanbul, 27 March 2017

It is a pleasure to be here at this meeting of the European Forum on Disaster Risk Reduction which has extended its reach beyond representatives of government to include many other representatives from civil society including parliamentarians, the private sector and NGOs.

28 Mar 2017 News briefs

Europe sets stance for Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

A European conference today set out the continent’s stance for the looming 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, underscoring the need to rein in the impacts of natural and human-induced hazards.

28 Mar 2017 News briefs

Turkish youth and quake bodies win European award

Turkey’s efforts to curb the threat of earthquakes and harness the power of youth to tackle hazards have been honoured with a pan-European award for innovative approaches to reducing disaster risk.

27 Mar 2017 News briefs

People are the core of disaster risk reduction

People and their communities must be at the heart of efforts to reduce the impacts of natural and human-induced hazards, senior officials told Europe’s annual disaster risk summit today.

27 Mar 2017 News briefs

European Forum targets disaster risk

Hundreds of delegates are heading to Istanbul for Europe’s top disaster risk reduction forum, two months before a global conference takes aim at natural and human-induced hazards.

24 Mar 2017 News briefs

Czech switch to Sendai Framework

In the build-up to the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction which takes place in Cancun, Mexico, from May 22 to 26, the UNISDR Support Group is hearing presentations on progress in implementing the Sendai Framework including the Czech Republic.

27 Feb 2017 News briefs

Europe leads on resilient cultural heritage

Europe has launched a new drive to protect its heritage sites from the risk of disasters, an issue given added urgency by a string of earthquakes that wrecked age-old buildings in central Italy.

22 Feb 2017 News briefs

Major increase in Sweden's funding for disaster risk reduction

The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction today welcomes a substantial increase in funding from Sweden for its efforts to curb the impact of natural and human-induced hazards.

9 Feb 2017 Press release

Russia joins Making Cities Resilient campaign

Russia’s oldest city and another that will host matches in the 2018 football World Cup are among the first six communities in the Russian Federation to join UNISDR’s Making Cities Resilient campaign.

27 Jan 2017 News briefs

Italy boosts business resilience

Italy’s Confindustria business umbrella body and the country’s Civil Protection Department have signed a five-year deal to enhance the resilience of companies and reduce the risk of disasters.

9 Dec 2016 News briefs

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

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