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Asia and the Pacific set priorities for accelerated disaster risk reduction

In the face of growing disaster losses and risk in the Asia-Pacific region, government disaster risk management agencies, international organizations, and civil society groups met in the Australian city of Brisbane last week to agree on priorities for accelerating action for reducing the risk of disasters.
19 Nov 2019 News briefs

Bangladesh declares climate change a “planetary emergency”

Bangladesh declared climate change to be a “planetary emergency” and called on the world to work “on a war footing” to combat it and reduce its impacts.
15 Nov 2019 News briefs

Countdown starts for Sendai 2020 deadline

An annual technical forum on progress in implementing the Sendai Framework met this month in Bonn attended by representatives from 35 countries

13 Nov 2019 News briefs

Building Resilience across Generations: World Tsunami Awareness Day

More than 150 government representatives, members of academia and young participants from the 2019 Japan World Tsunami Awareness Day High School Summit commemorated World Tsunami Awareness Day on 5 November at the United Nations Headquarters, New York and discussed innovative solutions to reduce tsunami risks.

8 Nov 2019 News briefs

School for tsunami risk draws crowds

A former elementary school on the coast of Japan has been turned into a centre for raising awareness about tsunami risk. It saved the lives of 320 people who evacuated to its roof top.

6 Nov 2019 News briefs

Sendai responds to tsunami alerts

The Sendai area of Japan which was badly affected by the 2011  tsunami today marked World Tsunami Awareness Day with a major exercise along its vulnerable coastline.

5 Nov 2019 News briefs

Pollution creates 'black tsunami' risk

Renowned tsunami expert Prof. Fumihiko Imamura uses the occasion of World Tsunami Awareness Day to draw attention to the threat of "black tsunamis" caused by pollution of the seas

4 Nov 2019 News briefs

European civil protection aligns with Sendai

European countries move closer to aligning their civil protection agendas with implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

17 Oct 2019 News briefs

UN Secretary-General backs action on DRR

Un Secretary-General António Guterres calls for action on climate and disaster risk reduction

13 Oct 2019 News briefs

Thailand: Infrastructure resilience at the cornerstone of risk-informed development

As one of the first countries in the region to mark the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction, the Government of Thailand took advantage of the occasion to highlight how it is working with partners to build the resilience of its infrastructure.
12 Oct 2019 News briefs

Critical Infrastructure including schools, health facilities and roads threatened by climate crisis

Climate change is contributing to increasing damage to critical infrastructure around the globe, according to a twelve-year survey of damages caused by small- and medium-scale disasters

11 Oct 2019 Press release

Build To Last: a lesson from Mozambique

A textbook example from Mozambique of what happens when building back better does not work.

10 Oct 2019 News briefs

When good infrastructure attracts risk

Build To Last was the driver for building the successful Delhi Metro but an unintended consequence was the creation of new risk with the huge demand for apartment blocks along the new rail corridors. The issue is being tackled by India's National Disaster Management Authority.

7 Oct 2019 News briefs

Women and a tale of two cyclones

The experience of Cyclone Fani and Cyclone Idai could not have been more different. In one case, hundreds died and in the other, many lives were save by early warnings.
4 Oct 2019 News briefs

Safe Schools top agenda in Mozambique

Mozambique's experience of cyclone idai is a text book example of why we need to build to last, critical infrastructure such as safe schools.
30 Sep 2019 News briefs

Member states declare support for Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure

The UK, Japan and Bhutan announced that they have joined the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure, following its launch this week by the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi. 

25 Sep 2019 News briefs

UNDRR welcomes India's launch of the global Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure

The Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, Mami Mizutori, welcomed the launch of the global Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure by the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, at the UN Climate Action Summit in New York.

24 Sep 2019 News briefs

If you ask us for ideas, act on them - Youth call out UN, world leaders on climate action

A day after millions of young people globally marched and rallied for urgent climate action, young leaders brought their message to the ministers and leaders, both at the dedicated youth event and later, at the Climate Action Summit.

22 Sep 2019 News briefs

Africa and Europe share DRR experiences

Disaster risk management officials had an opportunity to meet counterparts in Europe this week and exchange experiences supported by the European Union.

20 Sep 2019 News briefs

UN urges 'Build To Last' - climate emergency demands resilient infrastructure

The promotion of resilient infrastructure is at the heart of this year's International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction on October 13.

18 Sep 2019 Press release

Resilient infrastructure needed in Mozambique

UNDRR chief Mami Mizutori took her advocacy messages to several key audiences in the Mozambican capital Maputo today

11 Sep 2019 News briefs

Mozambique embraces Sendai Framework

UNDRR chief Mami Mizturi applauds Mozambique's commitment to reducing disaster losses, on her first visit to the country which is recovering from back-to-back cyclones earlier this year.

10 Sep 2019 News briefs

Silo-Breakers: Asia and the Pacific calls for integrating climate adaptation and disaster risk reduction

Integrated approaches that synergize climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction are key to building resilience. This was the resounding takeaway message at the Asia-Pacific Climate Week, which concluded on 6 September 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand.
6 Sep 2019 News briefs

Hurricane Dorian crystallizes existential threat posed to small island developing states by climate emergency

Hurricane Dorian crystallizes the existential threat posed to small island developing states by the ongoing climate emergency, says UNDRR chief, Mami Mizutori
3 Sep 2019 Press release

Thailand seeks to better understand its disaster-related economic losses to build resilience

In the face of climate change and growing urbanization, Thailand is taking key steps to strengthen its resilience, including through a better understanding of disaster-related economic losses. The collection of statistics on losses and damages, especially on key sectors such as agriculture, housing, infrastructure, and cultural heritage, can guide risk reduction efforts to safeguard these sectors.
28 Aug 2019 News briefs

New urban resilience programme for Central Asia

The head of UNDRR, Mami Mizutori, today announced a new urban resilience programme for Central Asia supported by the Euroopean Commission at a DRR Conference in Dushanbe,Tajikistan

21 Aug 2019 News briefs

Laos invests in disaster risk reduction to thwart future disasters

As the Government of Lao PDR continues its recovery from the floods of 2018, it is seeking to lessen the risk of future disasters. To accomplish this, the Lao Government and the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction jointly organized a national workshop that brought together development partners and government agencies to lay the foundation for the country’s first national disaster risk reduction strategy.
8 Aug 2019 News briefs

Italy hosts Arab cities

The latest in city-to-city exchanges on resilience for Arab municipalities are being hosted this week by Potenza, Italy.

16 Jul 2019 News briefs

Accelerating disaster risk reduction in South Asia to keep up with development

UNDRR is supporting the Member States of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) maintain and protect their development gains by strengthening their ability to develop, implement and monitor coherent disaster risk reduction strategies.
12 Jul 2019 News briefs

Jamaica ready to host 2020 Regional Platform

Jamaica will host the region’s highest forum for reviewing progress on reducing disaster losses in Latin America and the Caribbean in July 2020 as the year’s Atlantic Hurricane Season gets underway.

8 Jul 2019 News briefs
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