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Kenya boosts risk reduction capacity

As the Government of Kenya initiates a reform programme to improve the country’s capacity to reduce disaster risks and mitigate the socioeconomic and fiscal impact of disasters, UNISDR co-hosts a risk workshop to provide relevant decision-makers with tools and methodologies to make informed choices and to support the development of holistic risk reduction strategies.

21 Sep 2018 News briefs

Africa city leaders promote inclusive resilience

City leaders and disaster risk planners in Africa share experience on inclusive resilience at a progress workshop under the Making Cities Resilient Campaign in Nairobi.

19 Sep 2018 News briefs

Angola steps up for risk-informed growth

Angola hosts a five-day risk assessment workshop in the capital Luanda where participants overwhelmingly recognised the importance of incorporating resilience in Angola's development plans.

3 Sep 2018 News briefs

Tanzania earthquake prompts safe schools initiative

Following a deadly and disruptive earthquake in September 2016, authorities in Tanzania have embarked on a project to engage school children in community disaster preparedness as part of their Education in Emergency initiative.

7 Jun 2018 News briefs

Rwanda advances with Sendai Framework

Rwanda has mainstreamed disaster risk reduction (DRR) across all sectors and put in place strong regulations and contingency plans to address all natural and man-made hazards affecting the country.
1 May 2018 News briefs

Malawi to start disaster loss data base

Malawi today became the latest country in Africa to complete training on establishing a national disaster loss data base, considered an essential prerequisite for being able to report on progress on reducing disaster losses and improving disaster risk management.
6 Apr 2018 News briefs

Drought and flood risk profiles to be developed for 16 countries in Africa

The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction has engaged CIMA Research Foundation to generate risk profiles on flood and drought in 16 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. The countries that will be involved in the risk assessment are: Angola, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Rwanda, Swaziland, Tanzania, Ivory Coast, Botswana, Zambia, Namibia, Gambia, Gabon, Cameroon, Ghana, Sao Tome and Principe, and Kenya.
28 Feb 2018 Press release

Africa gets ready for Sendai Monitor

The African Union has announced plans to increase the number of member States with national disaster loss data bases and to put a training programme in place in preparation for the roll-out next year of the Sendai Monitor, the UNISDR-backed mechanism for measuring progress in reducing disaster losses.
18 Oct 2017 News briefs

Madagascar sees early warning and preparedness as key to cut disaster risk

Struck three months ago by a cyclone that affected 500,000 of its 24 million people, the climate-vulnerable Indian Ocean nation of Madagascar sees early warning and disaster preparedness as fundamental to its future resilience.

7 Jun 2017 News briefs

East Africa backs Sendai Framework implementation

Members of parliament from the six-nation East African Community have vowed to step up a drive to implement the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction in their region.

31 May 2017 News briefs

African countries boost risk knowledge

The island nation of Cabo Verde and landlocked Swaziland have joined 26 other countries in Africa that are implementing the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, a 15-year global agreement which seeks to save lives, reduce disaster losses and improve management of disaster risk by enhancing risk knowledge.

20 May 2017 News briefs

Urban disasters highlight need for resilience in Africa

Rising disasters in Africa’s cities and their links with poverty and rapid, unplanned urbanisation are ever more apparent from tragedies such as the recent rubbish dump landslide in Addis Ababa, which killed at least 113 people.

10 May 2017 News briefs

Prolonged drought threatens Greater Horn of Africa

Already grappling with an extended dry spell, countries in Greater Horn of Africa are bracing for an even deeper drought, with the approach of the traditional March to May rainy season offering little cause for comfort.

21 Feb 2017 News briefs

Central Africa spurs disaster risk reduction

Collective action by regional organisations is a key means to help countries reduce their risk of disasters, and the Economic Community of Central African States is stepping up its efforts to rein in the impact of hazards amid rising pressure from climate change.

13 Feb 2017 News briefs

Working mum makes Africa Platform

The Africa Regional Platform has proved to be child-friendly for one working mother, Ms. Oumie Sissokho, Director of Operations with National Disaster Management Agency of the Gambia.

25 Nov 2016 News briefs

Growing tsunami awareness in Africa

A special event was held yesterday at the Africa Regional Platform to mark the introduction of World Tsunami Awareness Day to the international calendar.

25 Nov 2016 News briefs

Africa backs action on Sendai

Africa's 5th High Level Meeting on Disaster Risk Reduction was attended by representatives from 47 countries today and agreed a programme of action to implement the Sendai Framework.

25 Nov 2016 News briefs

Africa speaks with one voice on DRR

The 6th Africa Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction closed today with comments on a draft Programme of Action for implementation of the Sendai Framework which will be considered tomorrow by a Ministerial level meeting.
24 Nov 2016 News briefs

Mauritius invests 2% GDP in resilience

The Africa Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction is being hosted by a small island developing state for the first time. The conference has been hearing what Mauritius is doing to reduce disaster risk and fight climate change.

23 Nov 2016 News briefs

Agenda 2030 and search for coherence

There was a wide ranging discussion on understanding disaster risk and coherence between the main framework agreements comprising the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.
23 Nov 2016 News briefs

End the tyranny of ignorance on disaster risk

UNISDR chief, Mr. Robert Glasser, today called for "an end to the tyranny of ignorance" on disaster risk during a press conference on the first day of the African Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in Mauritius.

22 Nov 2016 News briefs

Opening speech by Robert Glasser at the Africa Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

There are few parts of the world where disaster risk is such a strong feature of daily life as here on the great continent of Africa.

22 Nov 2016 Statements & speeches

Africa convenes on Sendai Framework

The 6th Session of the Africa Regional Platform opens tomorrow and is expected to recommend a programme of action for implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

21 Nov 2016 News briefs

Uganda integrates disaster risk reduction into school curriculum

Ensuring that children understand hazards is the route to reducing their impacts. Uganda is making disaster risk education part of its curriculum in order to bring up a generation that knows how to deal with the threats that it faces.

8 Nov 2016 News briefs

#IDDR2016: How Nigeria beat Ebola

Nigeria has been Ebola-free since it narrowly avoided being sucked into the escalation of the highly contagious haemorrhagic fever outbreak which devastated its neighbours, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone resulting in the loss of over 11,000 lives.

11 Oct 2016 News briefs

Tsunami drill teaches Seychelles life-saving lessons

A multinational tsunami drill in the Indian Ocean has taught Seychelles key lessons about how to save lives in the event that a potentially deadly wave strikes in the future, according to senior officials in the island nation.

2 Oct 2016 News briefs

Senegal embraces technology in disaster risk reduction

The government of Senegal is harnessing cutting-edge information and communications technology to manage and reduce disaster risk, with the aim of curbing deaths and economic losses caused by natural and man-made hazards in the West African nation.

19 Sep 2016 News briefs

Mauritius tests life-saving skills in the face of air disasters

Lying in the midst of the Indian Ocean, Mauritius is keenly aware of the importance of preparing for natural and man-made hazards alike, and the island nation has been assessing its ability to save lives in the event of an air crash.

15 Sep 2016 News briefs

Africa convenes Conference on disaster risk

Details were announced today of a major conference in November where African states will review progress in implementing the Sendai Framework as 60 million people across the region continue to deal with the consequences of the impact of El Niño and other climate-related disasters.

29 Aug 2016 Press release

Ebola countries implement Sendai Framework

UNISDR is working with UNDP and WHO on a project to accelerate implementation of the Sendai Framework in Ebola affected countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

8 Aug 2016 News briefs

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