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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

New tool helps withstand hybrid and cascading risk scenarios

The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR), the European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats (Hybrid CoE) and the Ministry of the Interior for Finland have joined together to develop a new stress test tool that will help countries understand and improve their ability to reduce risk of hybrid threats and cascading disaster scenarios. 

5 Jul 2019 News briefs

Voluntary Commitments Report 2019 recognises contributions of stakeholders

The Sendai Framework Voluntary Commitment (SFVC) first Synthesis and Analysis Report was launched in Geneva during the recent Global Platform. Voluntary Commitments (VCs) are made by multiple stakeholders (private sector, local governments, civil society organizations, academia, media, etc.) in support of the implementation of the Sendai Framework, the global roadmap for reducing disaster loses by 2030.

25 Jun 2019 News briefs

Indonesia and UN to work closely on disaster prevention following 2018 disaster death toll

 Following the deaths or disappearances of over 4,600 people last year in 2,426 recorded disaster events, Indonesia is stepping up efforts to improve disaster risk management.

29 May 2019 Press release

Risk affects business performance

Leading figures from the world of business took part in a high-level dialogue on risk-informed public and private investments at the Global Platform

17 May 2019 News briefs

Call to raise level of ambition on Sendai

Some 4,000 people attending the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction this week which ended with a call to raise ambition levels to reduce risk and disaster losses

17 May 2019 News briefs

Coastal resilience RISK Award goes to Bangladesh

The prestigious RISK Award went today to a project which pioneers floating houses in Bangladesh

17 May 2019 News briefs

Women's leadership key to reducing disaster mortality

The promotion of women's leadership was credited yesterday for the significant drop in disaster mortality in Bangladesh during a Special Session at the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction.

16 May 2019 News briefs

Expect the unexpected and prepare for it

A series of High Level Dialogues kicked off at the Global Platform with a discussion on progress made in implementing the global plan to reduce disaster losses, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

16 May 2019 News briefs

UN recognises excellence in protecting vulnerable communities from disaster risk

The Department of Civil Defence of Campinas, Brazil, the Mahila Housing Sewa Trust, India, and Mr. Pramod Kumar Mishra, Additional Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister of India, are the three laureates of the 2019 United Nations Sasakawa Award for Disaster Risk Reduction.

16 May 2019 Press release

GAR 2019: "our very survival is in doubt"

A highlight of the opening day of the Global Platform was the launch of the 2019 edition of the Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction

15 May 2019 News briefs

Time is running out for a world at risk

Representatives from some 150 UN Member States attended the opening today of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

15 May 2019 News briefs

Small islands need more women leaders in DRR

Small island states have agreed on the need for stronger engagement of women to build resilience to disasters.

14 May 2019 News briefs

The Acid Governance Test for early warnings

The 2nd Multi-hazard Early Warning Conference closed today with a strong focus on good governance and effective early warnings.

14 May 2019 News briefs

Asia and the Pacific gears up for the Global Platform and beyond

The Asia-Pacific region is making progress in reducing disaster mortality, but high economic losses from disasters point to a need for governments to accelerate the implementation of the disaster risk reduction strategies they have developed.
14 May 2019 News briefs

Inclusion matters in build up to the Global Platform

Whether the discussion was on reconstruction, early warnings or science and policy, the challenge of inclusion in disaster risk reduction was a central theme in today's preparatory meetings for the 6th edition of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction.

13 May 2019 News briefs

World media unite for DRR at Global Platform

World media outlets came together in Geneva to discuss their role in helping to reduce disaster losses and educating the public.

13 May 2019 News briefs

Science goes local for DRR

It was a rich first day of discussion at the Science&Policy Forum in the lead up to the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction which opens on Wednesday.

13 May 2019 News briefs

Youth are key to a resilient Pacific

The inaugural Pacific Resilience Meeting has closed with a call to pursue two critical pathways towards resilient and sustainable development in an era of increasing impact from climate change.
12 May 2019 News briefs

UN and Norwegian Pension Company Forge Partnership to Identify Financial Investments At Risk

The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction and KLP, Norway's largest pension company, announced today a partnership to geo-tag financial investments against vulnerability to disaster and climate risk.

8 May 2019 Press release

Nepal's corruption-free reconstruction effort

How Nepal ensured there was no corruption in the massive reconstruction effort that got underway after the 2015 earthquake which damaged a million homes.

8 May 2019 News briefs

Fani's hard lesson on resilient infrastructure

Early warnings saved lives when Cyclone Fani hit the Indian state of Odisha but there are lessons to be learned on resilient infrastructure as a result of the widespread damage caused by the category 4 storm.

7 May 2019 News briefs

Nepal's safe school lesson

Four years after an earthquake which destroyed 14,500 classrooms, efforts continue in Nepal to mainstream school safety 

30 Apr 2019 News briefs

Joint UN effort bolsters Iran’s ability to reduce its disaster risk

In partnership with Iran’s Planning and Budget Organization and the National Disaster Management Organization (NDMO),  the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR), the Asian and Pacific Centre for the Development of Disaster Information Management (ESCAP-APDIM), and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) organized a training meeting to boost the capacity of Iran's national agencies to reduce disaster risk. The three UN entities jointly lead the UN Regional Coordination Mechanism’s working group on disaster risk reduction and resilience.

30 Apr 2019 News briefs

Kathmandu "not most-at-risk" for earthquakes

Scientists working with the UN Country Team in Nepal have found that earthquake risk in the west of the country is being overlooked.

26 Apr 2019 News briefs

Nepal earthquake recovery enters 5th year

Four years on from the April 2015 earthquake, reconstruction efforts are continuing.

25 Apr 2019 News briefs
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