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Africa, Arab States to deliver on Sendai

The first joint Africa-Arab Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction closed on Saturday with a commitment to step up implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

14 Oct 2018 News briefs

Disasters reveal gender gap

Greater effort must be made to include women in disaster risk management.

12 Oct 2018 News briefs

When disasters and conflict collide

One of the most anticipated sessions at the Africa-Arab States Platform on DRR today was the session on DRR in a Fragile and Conflict context.

12 Oct 2018 News briefs

First Africa-Arab DRR platform opens

The first-ever joint Africa-Arab Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction opened today in Tunis, Tunisia, with calls for accelerated implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030.

11 Oct 2018 News briefs

Tsunami risk rising in tourist hotspots

Tsunami risk was at the heart of a discussion to raise awareness at the Africa-Arab States Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction which is underway in Tunis, Tunisia.

11 Oct 2018 News briefs

Science, technology combine to support Sendai

Science and technology experts in the Arab States pledge to support governments to develop DRR strategies based on data at a meeting of the Regional Science and Technology Action Group in Lebanon.

11 Sep 2018 News briefs

Disaster risk-informed strategies for sustainable development

Tunisia, Egypt and Jordan share significant progress on their path to developing disaster risk reduction strategies while Afghanistan presents a fast-track solution that they hope can be a model for other countries in the region.
23 Aug 2018 News briefs

Mauritania acts on urban resilience

Five cities from Mauritania have completed disaster risk resilience assessments and have started drafting people-centred city action plans in line with the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction – the global plan for reducing losses from disasters.
26 Jul 2018 News briefs

Sendai Framework Monitor launch in Arab States

“Reduce disaster loss and protect lives,” that refrain echoed through Cairo, the capital city of Egypt as a 3-day training event kicked off this week bringing together representatives from 11 Arab States committed to implementing the global plan for reducing disaster losses, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

14 Mar 2018 News briefs

Arab region sets stance for Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

Countries from across the Arab region have set out their collective stance ahead of the looming 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, following similar moves by other parts of the world.

4 May 2017 News briefs

ICTs and the Sendai Framework

The "2nd Global Forum on Emergency Telecommunications (GET-2016): SAVING LIVES" opens today in Kuwait and serves as an international platform to discuss international Emergency Telecommunication policy and disaster risk reduction topics. Information and Communications Technology (ICT) has a key role to play in implementing the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

26 Jan 2016 News briefs

Arab States to implement Sendai Framework

A “road map” for the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 in the Arab Region in order to achieve a substantial reduction in disaster losses, was agreed this week in Cairo, Egypt.
13 Nov 2015 News briefs

War-torn Yemen expects cyclone Chapala

A rare powerful tropical cyclone Chapala in the Indian Ocean is heading towards Arabian Peninsula southern costs of Oman and Yemen. It is expected to make a land fall on eastern provinces of Hadramout and Shabwa in war-torn Yemen early Tuesday. The storm reached category 4 during the weekend.
2 Nov 2015 News briefs

Local knowledge saves Nile islanders

The 18,000-strong community of Tuti, a River Nile island in the heart of the Sudanese capital Khartoum, has long been highly vulnerable to floods.

14 Oct 2015 News briefs

Sandstorm causes health problems

Health services across the region continue to deal with the impact of the severe sandstorm which hit the Middle East last week, sweeping across Lebanon, Syria and Palestine, causing casualties and sending dozens to hospitals, as health risks particularly respiratory problems increased. Other countries in the region, like Iraq, Jordan, Egypt and Saudi Arabia, were affected by the clouds of dust and sand causing flight delays and disrupting school activities.
14 Sep 2015 News briefs

Algeria embraces Sendai Framework

Earthquake-prone Algeria offers a case study of how legislation and commitment can help build resilience, as it prepares to implement the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

3 Jun 2015 News briefs

Arab Region backs DRR in SDGs

More than 300 Arab government representatives from the finance, economic, social, environment and technology sectors have developed a regional position for the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals due to be adopted at a UN summit this September.

13 May 2015 News briefs

Jordan takes lead on city-to-city risk reduction

Models of local-level disaster risk reduction and management, the Jordanian cities of Aqaba and Petra are leading an initiative for five fellow municipalities which have stepped up their own efforts to build resilience.

28 Apr 2015 News briefs

Local governments lead resilience in Jordan

Municipalities are taking the lead in Jordan to help build resilience to disasters, in the wake of recurrent winter storms that have seen heavy snow, rainfall and high winds cause power cuts, road closures and flooded homes.
22 Apr 2015 News briefs

Egypt moves on slum resilience

Granting property rights to slum dwellers is a key tool for reducing the risk of disasters striking such communities, Egypt’s Minister of State for Urban Renewal and Informal Settlements Laila Rashed Iskandar said today.
16 Mar 2015 News briefs

UN helps Algeria strengthen disaster risk reduction

As the world gears up for the 3rd World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, the UN in Algeria is helping the Government to bolster the safety of communities, in a country that has suffered from a string of devastating earthquakes and repeated floods.
12 Feb 2015 News briefs

Tunisian municipalities committing to resilience

Municipalities from across Tunisia have stepped up their commitment to make themselves resilient in the face of disaster risk, spurred by Ain Draham, which two years ago was the first community in the North African country to join UNISDR’s Making Cities Resilient campaign.
30 Jan 2015 News briefs

What Arab youth really want post-2015

One of the high points of this week’s Arab Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction came when a 19-year-old medical student took centre stage to read out a strong declaration on behalf of one of the region’s most endangered groups, children and youth.
18 Sep 2014 News briefs

Arab states seek action on drought and food security

The 19 Arab States meeting in Sharm-El-Sheikh, Egypt, this week have made a sweeping series of recommendations for inclusion in the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction which will be adopted next March in Sendai, Japan, at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction. The Sharm-El-Sheikh declaration calls for a strong focus on water and food security, the effects of climate change and extreme weather events, including drought, on dry lands and arid zones which are home to two billion people around the world.
17 Sep 2014 Press release

Agricultural drought challenges Arab world

Agricultural drought and climate change are changing the landscape of the Arab region with enormous implications for food security, rural-urban migration and social stability, an expert told the 2nd Arab Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction yesterday.
16 Sep 2014 News briefs

Make women agents for resilience

There were calls today for gender to be mainstreamed into the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction in a major debate on the role of women as change agents for resilience at the 2nd Arab Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction.
16 Sep 2014 News briefs

Arabs meet on post-2015 HFA

UNISDR Chief, Margareta Wahlström, yesterday described the post-2015 development agenda as a “once in a lifetime opportunity” when she addressed the opening day of the Second Arab Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction.
15 Sep 2014 News briefs

Sinai wants private sector flood aid

The Egyptian governorate of South Sinai yesterday advanced a proposal to raise funds from the private sector and other donors, to combat flash floods such as those which destroyed exclusive parts of the Taba Red Sea resort area on May 8 last.
15 Sep 2014 News briefs

Recurrent floods hit desert cities

Recurrent flooding is becoming more of a threat in the Arab region, a part of the world usually associated with drought and desertification.
27 May 2014 News briefs

Qatar strengthens desert resilience

Qatar is taking major steps to develop a national plan for mainstreaming disaster risk reduction and recovery to address future disaster challenges, improve the coordination and determine key actions.
19 May 2014 News briefs

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