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UN: Mexico earthquake underlines importance of strict building codes to ensure safe schools and buildings

The UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, Mr. Robert Glasser, today expressed his sincere condolences to the people and government of Mexico on the tragic loss of life from the September 19 earthquake.
22 Sep 2017 Press release

Hurricanes expose resilience gap on small islands

Two years ago this month, Tropical Storm Erika, dumped an enormous quantity of rain on the small island of Dominica in the Caribbean.
19 Sep 2017 News briefs

Mexico steps up to unique triple disaster threat

Mexico has been working to improve its early warning systems and disaster risk management for over three decades. There are few countries in the world resilient enough to respond to a hurricane and the strongest earthquake in a century, accompanied by a tsunami threat, all within hours of each other. Such was the challenge that confronted Mexico last week.
14 Sep 2017 News briefs

UN: Huge Volume of Extreme Weather Events Pose Major Threat to Peace and Security of Vulnerable Communities

The head of UNISDR, Mr. Robert Glasser, today issued a strongly worded statement in response to the unprecedented volume of extreme weather events unfolding around the world this week.

8 Sep 2017 Press release

Hurricane Harvey underlines need for strong risk governance

The UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, Mr. Robert Glasser today extended his condolences to the people of the US State of Texas for the loss of life in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey which has affected millions along the coastline.
28 Aug 2017 News briefs

Climate Change Is Key Driver Of Disasters

Until recently it has been well understood that the main drivers of weather-related disasters were increased exposure and vulnerability due to poverty, the breakneck pace of urbanization in low and middle income countries, population growth, the destruction of protective eco-systems and low institutional capacity to manage disaster risk.
9 Aug 2017 News briefs

Fires in Europe Fuelled by Urbanisation and Climate Change

Rapid urbanisation and climate change are major drivers of the many forest fires which continue to sweep across parts of southern Europe claiming many lives and causing significant economic losses, according to a leading expert.
8 Aug 2017 News briefs

UNISDR Champion Highlights Youth Role

ULAANBAATAR, 4 August 2017 – UNISDR’s newest Champion for Disaster Risk Reduction has called upon youth leaders from around the world to make a bigger contribution to global efforts towards sustainable and resilient development.
4 Aug 2017 News briefs

Disaster resilience is a core business issue

Businesses of all sizes need to ensure that resilience lies at the core of their decision-making processes in order to help the authorities and the wider community reduce the risk of disasters.

11 Jul 2017 News briefs

Disaster prevention champion Legarda calls for resilience in quake zones

International disaster prevention advocate Senator Loren Legarda has called for a strengthening of the resilience of critical infrastructure, in the wake of a magnitude 6.5 earthquake that hit Leyte in her homeland the Philippines last week.

11 Jul 2017 News briefs

‘Tsunami literacy’ saves lives

Early warning technology is vital to save lives if a tsunami strikes, but public awareness of how to react is the critical factor, according to experts at an international meeting.

27 Jun 2017 News briefs

Africa, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP), EU and UNISDR Commit to Reducing Risk of Disasters

The Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States, whose 79 members include some of the most disaster-prone and climate-vulnerable nations in the world, have prioritised the power of international cooperation to reduce the impact of natural hazards.
21 Jun 2017 Press release

Climate change will increase fire risk

Robert Glasser, the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction expressed his deep condolences to the families affected by the devastating fires in Portugal...
20 Jun 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

Media call for bigger disaster risk reduction role

International broadcasting federations have vowed to step up their work to spread information about disaster risk reduction to their audiences, thereby giving a critical boost to efforts by governments.

2 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

Making cinemas resilient: Cinemex shows the way

Mexico's Cinemex, one of the world’s largest movie theatre groups, has scaled up a resilience campaign with its country's national disaster prevention authorities.

30 May 2017 News briefs

Sendai Framework monitoring starts early 2018

A key plenary session at the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, in Cancun, Mexico, focussed on the Sendai Framework Monitor which is due to be launched early next year following a data readiness review involving 87 countries.

29 May 2017 News briefs

Global Platform stresses action on Sendai

The Global Platform closed today in Cancun, Mexico, with the completion of a raft of recommendations for making progress on implementation of the Sendai Framework.

27 May 2017 News briefs

Inclusive technology … at the Double!

It may look like a gadget to many but this robot (pictured left) is a shining example of inclusive technology for disaster risk reduction.
26 May 2017 News briefs

Vatican supports Sendai Framework implementation

For the first time, the Vatican delivered a message from the Pope at the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in Cancun, Mexico, this week.
26 May 2017 News briefs

Reducing risk means harnessing data

Data is a vital raw material if countries are to meet the aims of an international agreement on lowering hazard threats,  the 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction heard today, as a new monitoring report underscored what needs to be done.

26 May 2017 News briefs

Preserving heritage boosts disaster resilience

Cultural heritage and indigenous knowledge are key resources of community and national disaster resilience across the world. However, much of this heritage and knowledge is being lost to both sudden and slow-onset disasters, weakening the resilience capacity of future generations.

26 May 2017 News briefs

Mongolia’s Deputy PM honoured as Asia DRR Champion

The Deputy Prime Minister of Mongolia, H.E. U. Khurelsukh was today recognized as an Asian Champion for Disaster Risk Reduction at the Global Platform in Mexico. H.E. U. Khurelsukh received the award from United Nations Secretary General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction Mr Robert Glasser for his consistent passion, commitment and achievement on the issue.
26 May 2017 News briefs

Women must be central in disaster prevention

Countries around the world need to focus on women if they are to achieve the aims of a 15-year agreement to curb hazard impacts, according to delegates at the 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction.

26 May 2017 News briefs

From Ghost Town to Sue Nami: art and disaster prevention

The sound of a brass band cover of the iconic song Ghost Town and the sharp-tongued advice of human hazard Sue Nami have echoed in the packed halls of the 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, thanks to an art installation that aims to entertain and spark debate.

26 May 2017 News briefs

Governments and business should engage to curb risk

Businesses and the authorities need to work hand in hand to prevent natural and human-induced from hazards sparking disasters, a top international conference has heard.

25 May 2017 News briefs

The Cancun High-Level Communiqué

Leaders’ Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction - Cancun High-Level Communiqué 'Ensuring the resilience of infrastructure and housing.'
25 May 2017 News briefs

A new milestone for risk mapping

The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction today launched a landmark interactive atlas that exposes the hidden threats posed by natural hazards in national economies and countries’ urban centres.

25 May 2017 News briefs

UN, Red Cross/Red Crescent join forces to reduce disaster deaths for women and girls

A major initiative to prevent large numbers of women and girls dying in disasters and to ensure they are included in disaster risk management was launched today at the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in Cancun, Mexico, by the United Nations and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

25 May 2017 Press release
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