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Opening speech by Robert Glasser to the European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction, Istanbul, 27 March 2017

It is a pleasure to be here at this meeting of the European Forum on Disaster Risk Reduction which has extended its reach beyond representatives of government to include many other representatives from civil society including parliamentarians, the private sector and NGOs.

28 Mar 2017 News briefs

Turkish youth and quake bodies win European award

Turkey’s efforts to curb the threat of earthquakes and harness the power of youth to tackle hazards have been honoured with a pan-European award for innovative approaches to reducing disaster risk.

27 Mar 2017 News briefs

People are the core of disaster risk reduction

People and their communities must be at the heart of efforts to reduce the impacts of natural and human-induced hazards, senior officials told Europe’s annual disaster risk summit today.

27 Mar 2017 News briefs

Don’t sideline women from disaster risk reduction

Efforts to curb the threats posed by natural and human-induced hazards will go off track if they keep women and girls out of the picture, experts told Europe’s top disaster risk forum today.

26 Mar 2017 News briefs

European Forum targets disaster risk

Hundreds of delegates are heading to Istanbul for Europe’s top disaster risk reduction forum, two months before a global conference takes aim at natural and human-induced hazards.

24 Mar 2017 News briefs

Japanese children and companies implement Sendai Framework

Schoolchildren and businesses in Japan are working hard to implement the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, a 15-year blueprint adopted at a UN conference in their country in 2015.
23 Mar 2017 News briefs

Mexico earthquake triggered safe hospital drive

Mexico City’s devastating, 8.1-magnitude earthquake of 1985 was a stark illustration of the disaster risks faced by the health sector, but it also triggered what became a global effort to protect hospitals from hazards.

22 Mar 2017 News briefs

Peru floods highlight challenge of a warming planet

The United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, Mr. Robert Glasser, today extended his condolences to the people of Peru on the loss of life caused by the on-going deadly rains, floods and landslides which have led to the declaration of a state of emergency.
21 Mar 2017 Press release

Mexico to bring world together on disaster prevention

Bearing in mind that the worst disasters that could happen have not happened yet, Cancun must become a turning point. The world must scale up action to the level required to build resilience in a century that will test us on the disaster front as never before...
17 Mar 2017 News briefs

How Mexico’s army builds resilience

Shortly after Hurricane Katrina struck the southern USA, 200 Mexican troops crossed the US border outside Laredo, Texas, and made their way towards San Antonio.

14 Mar 2017 News briefs

Philippines to ratify Paris Agreement

UNISDR Global Champion for Resilience, Senator Loren Legarda, is seeking unanimous approval tomorrow of a Resolution which would see the Philippines ratify the Paris Agreement on climate change.

13 Mar 2017 News briefs

Baillie the rescue dog is star of Americas risk conference

Baillie the Border Collie stands motionless, eyeballing her handler, then springs into action when he gives the command: “Find it!” The four-year-old is part of the Canada Task Force 2 Disaster Response Team, among the thousand delegates at the 5th Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas.

9 Mar 2017 News briefs

Americas region adopts landmark disaster risk plan

The Americas region today took a landmark step on the road to resilience by adopting an action plan to tackle the huge array of natural and human-induced hazards that its dozens of countries and territories face.

9 Mar 2017 News briefs

International Women's Day: UN call for greater role for women in disaster risk management

"Too few countries in disaster-prone parts of the world have a clear understanding of how gender inequality contributes to higher death rates among women and girls in disasters," says UNISDR chief, Mr. Robert Glasser, on International Women's Day.

8 Mar 2017 Press release

Empower women to reduce disaster risk

Empowering women to tackle the threats that natural and human-induced hazards pose to their communities is a critical means to reduce the risk of disasters, delegates at a conference on the Americas said today.

8 Mar 2017 News briefs

Canada’s private sector joins global resilience drive

Canadian businesses have joined a UN-backed drive to bolster resilience to natural and human-induced hazards, sending a strong signal during the Americas region’s top disaster risk reduction conference.

8 Mar 2017 News briefs

Americas region crafts disaster risk reduction plan

The vast Americas region today started a high-level conference on a wide-ranging plan that will seek to reduce the risks posed by natural and human-induced hazards.

7 Mar 2017 News briefs

Indigenous peoples are key players in disaster risk reduction

The concerns and capacities of indigenous peoples need to be taken into account at all times when it comes to curbing disaster risk, leading members of communities from across the Americas said today at a high-level conference.

7 Mar 2017 News briefs

Americas to agree on Sendai Framework action plan

Governments from across the Americas are gathering this week in Canada for a high-level conference where they aim to make their vast region more resilient by adopting a plan to curb the risks posed by natural and human-induced hazards.

6 Mar 2017 News briefs

UN calls for support to Haiti recovery plan as report reveals US $2.7 billion in hurricane losses

There was a call today for urgent support to improve disaster risk management in Haiti following a damning investigation of the country’s losses from Hurricane Matthew six months ago.
6 Mar 2017 Press release

DRR critical to $2.7 bn Haiti recovery effort

The 5th Regional Platform for the Americas opens in Montreal next Tuesday. Hurricane Matthew affected several countries in the Region but none worse than Haiti. The three year recovery effort comes with a price tag of US$2.72 billion following losses estimated at US$2.8 billion.

3 Mar 2017 News briefs

Mexico’s Maya could predict hurricanes

Mexico’s historical Maya civilisation created not only a written language and a binary mathematical system, but also a hurricane warning system that still works today.

1 Mar 2017 News briefs

Czech switch to Sendai Framework

In the build-up to the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction which takes place in Cancun, Mexico, from May 22 to 26, the UNISDR Support Group is hearing presentations on progress in implementing the Sendai Framework including the Czech Republic.

27 Feb 2017 News briefs

Technology and communities key to curbing tsunami risk

Deploying the power of technology worldwide and ensuring that communities know how to act in an emergency are the keys to curbing the risks posed by tsunamis, experts said this week.

24 Feb 2017 News briefs

Europe leads on resilient cultural heritage

Europe has launched a new drive to protect its heritage sites from the risk of disasters, an issue given added urgency by a string of earthquakes that wrecked age-old buildings in central Italy.

22 Feb 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

Risk Award will honour hi-tech plan to beat disasters

Three cutting-edge plans to harness the power of technology and curb the threats posed by hazards such as floods and epidemics have been shortlisted for an international award that will be presented at the 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction.

15 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

Major increase in Sweden's funding for disaster risk reduction

The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction today welcomes a substantial increase in funding from Sweden for its efforts to curb the impact of natural and human-induced hazards.

9 Feb 2017 Press release

Disaster-prone Philippines steps up urban resilience

The Philippines, one of the most disaster risk-prone nations in the world, is stepping up efforts to ensure that its communities can withstand natural and human-induced hazards.

8 Feb 2017 News briefs
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