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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

Europe wants strong national platforms for DRR

The 5th European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction (EFDRR) closed today with a strong call for joint action to face the common challenges of climate change, sustainable development and disaster risk reduction.
8 Oct 2014 News briefs

Scientists needed for risk reduction

Scientists can, and should, play a greater role in the international effort to reduce the prevalence and impact of disasters, Margareta Wahlström, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction and Head of UNISDR told a conference.
7 Oct 2014 News briefs

Spain calls for action on disaster risk

Host Spain told the 5th annual European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction (EFDRR) today that it had a great opportunity to influence the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction.
6 Oct 2014 News briefs

Quake Mayor’s focus on elderly wins award

The European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction (EFDRR) today presented the mayor of the Spanish town of Lorca with the Damir Čemerin award for his work in caring for the elderly, and promoting disaster reduction awareness, following a devastating earthquake in 2011.
6 Oct 2014 News briefs

Towards the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction and beyond

Opening Statement by SRSG Margareta Wahlström at the 5th meeting of the European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction, Madrid, 06 October 2014, 09:15-10:00
6 Oct 2014 Statements & speeches

The Balkans Insurance challenge

Following devastating floods and landslides earlier this year affecting over one million people, a major regional insurance conference opens today in Belgrade to highlight the benefits that disaster risk financing can bring to a region where there is a growing culture of disaster risk reduction through implementation of the priorities laid out in the Hyogo Framework for Action.
1 Oct 2014 News briefs

Urban risk and the revised HFA

The 2nd Steering Committee Meeting of the UNISDR Making Cities Resilient Campaign came to a close yesterday in the city of Salford, Greater Manchester, UK, following two days of intense discussions on how urban priorities can be accommodated in the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction.
10 Sep 2014 News briefs

UN hails Greater Manchester as a role model for total resilience

Greater Manchester today becomes the first UK city to join the UN’s Making Cities Resilient Campaign and has been recognized as a “Role Model for Total Resilience” because of its focus on implementing the Campaign’s entire ten-point checklist for building resilience to disasters.
8 Sep 2014 Press release

Finland welcomes disaster risk review

The Finnish government has officially accepted the Peer Review report on its implementation of the global blueprint for disaster risk reduction, the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) which was adopted in 2005 and is due to be renewed next year at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, in Sendai, Japan.
18 Jul 2014 News briefs

Europe backs post-2015 agreement on DRR

This week’s European Ministerial Meeting on Disaster Risk Reduction has made a series of recommendations for the Post-2015 Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction in advance of next week’s Intergovernmental Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) meetings in Geneva which will produce the first draft.
10 Jul 2014 News briefs

European ministers call for accountability in reducing disaster losses

Efforts to ensure political commitment to a new global agreement on reducing disaster losses have received a major boost as representatives from 40 European countries agreed to a series of sweeping recommendations designed to build resilience to disasters. Europe experienced over 40 major disaster events last year affecting millions. Major flood and hailstorm events generated $25 billion in economic losses.
9 Jul 2014 Press release

83 mayors in quake zone join UNISDR campaign

The vast majority of towns and municipalities in the earthquake-prone Italian Province of Potenza, have joined the UNISDR Making Cities Resilient Campaign. Over 10,000 people died and several towns in Potenza were destroyed in the 1857 Basilicata or Great Neapolitan Earthquake which led to significant advances in the study of seismology.

1 Jul 2014 News briefs

Prince Charles backs revision of HFA

25 June 2014, LONDON – The International Insurance Society today hosted a “Financial and Private Sector Disaster Resilience Global Summit” for 500 insurance and business leaders to discuss how to integrate the business sector and financial system within the new global framework on disaster risk reduction which will succeed the current Hyogo Framework for Action in March, 2015.

25 Jun 2014 Press release

The Tacloban Declaration

As Typhoon Haiyan recovery efforts continue and the country prepares for a new typhoon season, President Benigno Aquino of the Philippines has stressed the importance of mounting “a focused international effort to address the threats posed by climate change, and to build communities that are resilient in the face of disaster.”
18 Jun 2014 News briefs

Montenegro joins UNISDR Cities Campaign

This week, the city of Cetinje (population: 16,800) became the first city in the Balkan state of Montenegro to join UNISDR’s Making Cities Resilient Campaign.“Reducing disaster risk and adapting to climate change is crucial for the sustainable future of our city and community” said Cetinje Mayor Alexander Bogdanovic, at a signing ceremony. UNISDR representative, Demetrio Innocenti, stated: "Cetinje’s beauty and cultural heritage are priceless and constitute a major economic opportunity given the potential of its tourism industry. It is economically, socially and culturally vital to ensure a disaster and climate resilient future for Cetinje.

13 Jun 2014 News briefs

EC backing for disaster resilience in SDGs

The European Commission has adopted a Communication on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), making strong reference to building resilience to disasters and pointing out the need to respond to new challenges that were not sufficiently covered by the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), such as disaster resilience and risk management.The document titled “A Decent Life for All: From Vision to Collective Action” features disaster risk reduction (DRR) as a cross-cutting issue for sustainable development within the suggested targets and priority areas because they can have a “major impact on the economy as well as on well-being and on the security of citizens, and need to be addressed in the framework in a way that does not replicate or interfere with respective international processes and agreements.

5 Jun 2014 News briefs

Record floods challenge Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina

The worst flooding since records began 120 years ago hit Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina over the weekend, when three months' worth of rain fell on the region, bursting river banks and revealing areas at risk that need to be addressed.
19 May 2014 News briefs

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