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Mass evacuations save lives in extreme weather

This year's run of disaster events worldwide confirms the long term trend of the last forty years which has seen a doubling in the number of recorded extreme weather events which now regularly account for 90% of disasters caused by natural hazards notably floods, storms, drought, landslides and wildfires.

18 Sep 2018 Press release

2019 Risk Award to celebrate coastal resilience

Nominations are now open for the 2019 Risk Award to be awarded to an individual or organization for outstanding recognized action that contributes to building the resilience of costal nations and communities which are particularly exposed to extreme storms, erosion, sea level rise and environmental changes.

11 Sep 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

Angola steps up for risk-informed growth

Angola hosts a five-day risk assessment workshop in the capital Luanda where participants overwhelmingly recognised the importance of incorporating resilience in Angola's development plans.

3 Sep 2018 News briefs

Puerto Rico "could have been better prepared" for hurricane

In the context of revising the fatalities for Hurricane Maria, the Governor of Puerto Rico has acknowledged that the island was not as prepared as it could have been for the storm.
30 Aug 2018 News briefs

Sendai Phase 2 launched; risk strategy monitoring boosted

The second phase of the online monitoring system for the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, allowing customized targets and indicators, is now live and available to member states.
28 Aug 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

Elevated temperatures clocked in earth "check-up"

Scientists have confirmed that 2017 was the third warmest year on record, after 2016 and 2015, in the State of the Climate Report, which examines temperature, precipitation and weather events throughout the world.
3 Aug 2018 News briefs

Urban resilience expert to chair ARISE

The new Advisory Board for ARISE, UNISDR's private sector partnership, is now complete following the election of a new co-chair, Dale Sands, and vice-chair, Martha Herrera.

27 Jul 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

UN urges greater focus on fire risk following Greek wildfire tragedy

“We owe it to those who have lost their lives in Greece and elsewhere to step up efforts on wildfire suppression and prevention," says UNISDR head, Mami Mizutori.

25 Jul 2018 Press release

UN says reducing economic losses from disasters has the power to transform lives

The Sendai Seven Campaign continues. This year International Day for Disaster Reduction, October 13, will focus on target (c) of the Sendai Framework, reducing economic losses. 

23 Jul 2018 News briefs

Sendai Framework Monitor endorsed at HLPF

The 31 UN Member States in the Group of Friends of Disaster Risk Reduction has urged that National Voluntary Reviews on progess towards achieving the SDGs should include data from the Sendai Framework Monitor launched by UNISDR in March. 

19 Jul 2018 News briefs

Vulnerable development still profitable

A side event at the High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, heard reports back from the recent series of regional meetings on disaster risk reduction and highlighted the importance of DRR to achieving the SDGs.

 

17 Jul 2018 News briefs

Magnitude of Japan rains and floods sign of growing challenge to disaster risk management

The lessons learned from this week's floods and landslides in Japan and other similar events need to be applied if we are to succeed in reducing loss of life and the numbers of people affected by disasters.
13 Jul 2018 Press release

Australia to host 2020 Asian Ministerial Conference

Australia will host the 2020 Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction which will have strong participation from Pacific islands and showcase the work of the National Resilience Taskforce.

10 Jul 2018 News briefs

Disaster displacement "chronic" in Asia

Extreme weather events across Asia in recent days underline the importance of the new action plan agreed at last week's Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction.

9 Jul 2018 News briefs

Lights, camera...climate change

Both winners focussed on extreme temperatures in the UNISDR video competition at the Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction

9 Jul 2018 News briefs

Asia honours its local champions

Five local leaders with inspiring stories were hononoured for their actions at the Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction.

6 Jul 2018 News briefs

Ulaanbaatar Declaration calls for greater accountability on disaster losses in Asia

The Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction closed today with the adoption of the Ulaanbataar Declaration, agreement on a two year plan of action and the news that Australia will host the next Conference in 2020.

6 Jul 2018 Press release

Social protection reduces disaster risk for poor

Eradicating poverty and reducing the number of people affected by disasters are at the heart of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. Social protection works well in Mongolia and Pakistan.

5 Jul 2018 News briefs

Animals need DRR too

Poor farmers are often reluctant - or can leave it too late - to evacuate in the face of a storm or flood because of their concern at abandoning their animals.

5 Jul 2018 News briefs

Urgent need for disaster resilient infrastructure

Significant investments in resilience are required to safeguard future massive investment in infrastructure across Asia in the coming years, a high level session heard today at the Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction.

5 Jul 2018 News briefs

AMCDRR focus on disaster displacement

The UN Secretary-General highlighted forced disaster displacement in his message to the AMCDRR yesterday as consultations got underway in Ulaanbaatar on a new guide.

4 Jul 2018 News briefs

Tsunamis teach importance of inclusion

Mongolia may be landlocked but yesterday Ulaanbaatar was home to a special session on tsunami awareness at the Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction.

4 Jul 2018 News briefs

Mongolia opens Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction

PRESS RELEASE: The Prime Minister of Mongolia, Khurelsukh Ukhnaa, urged participants at the Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction to make progress on reducing disaster losses in the world's most disaster-prone region in his keynote address on the opening day.

3 Jul 2018 Press release

Asia shows leadership on DRR

Youth, political leadership, inclusion and commitment to action were all on display as the Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction opened today.

3 Jul 2018 News briefs

Afghanistan embraces Sendai Framework

The Afghan delegation attending the Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction today revealed their plans to have a National Platform for DRR in place later this year.

2 Jul 2018 News briefs

Bangladesh joins cities campaign en masse

Breaking news at the Asian Ministerial on DRR is that all Bangladesh's 329 municipalities have joined UNISDR's Making Cities Resilient Campaign.

2 Jul 2018 News briefs

Mongolia brings disaster risk centre stage

The Mongolian capital Ulaanbaatar hosts the Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction this week and is also host to many people displaced by disaster.

1 Jul 2018 News briefs
The Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction 2018, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia 3-6 July 2018 The Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction 2018, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia 3-6 July 2018.
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