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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

Montenegro boosts action on disaster resilience

Major efforts are underway in Montenegro to reduce the risks from disasters with the launch of a national disaster loss database to mark the 40th anniversary of a major earthquake.

25 Apr 2019 News briefs

First Arab DRR Science Conference planned

It is hoped to have the 1st Arab Science And Technology Confernce for DRR in Beirut later this year.

10 Apr 2019 News briefs

Early warning systems and "the last metre"

Events such as last year's deadly Sulawesi tsunami in Indonesia underline the importance of communication and outreach to vulnerable populations.

9 Apr 2019 News briefs

Cambodia steps up fight against climate change

Cambodia is stepping up efforts to reduce disaster risk as it battles climate change and extreme weather events with a new National Action Plan for Disaster Risk Reduction

8 Apr 2019 News briefs

Brisbane to host the 2020 Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction

Brisbane, host of the next Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, is also home to the Queensland Reconstruction Authority.

5 Apr 2019 Press release

Coalition for Resilient Infrastructure takes off

India's vision for the creation of a global coalition for resilient infrastructure moved closer to becoming a reality today.

20 Mar 2019 News briefs

'Now is the time to do bold things...'

Representatives from 33 countries - including the majority of the G20 - are gathered in New Delhi today and tomorrow to discuss the creation of an international Coalition for Resilient Infrastructure

19 Mar 2019 News briefs

Campaign cities share resilience experience and challenges

Representatives from twenty cities in the Making Cities Resilient Campaign met in Incheon in the Republic of Korea recently to share their experience and progress towards disaster risk planning.

18 Mar 2019 News briefs

Cyclone Idai highlights urgent need to ensure resilience of infrastructure to extreme weather

Cyclone Idai is the worst extreme weather event so far this year, leaving many dead and over one million people affected. It underlines once more the need for infrastructure which is disaster resilient.

18 Mar 2019 Press release

India launches private sector alliance to reduce disaster losses

ARISE India, a private sector alliance for DRR, was launched today on the 4th anniversary of the adoption of the Sendai Framework

18 Mar 2019 Press release

Appeal for attention to drought risk

A call for more attention to drought risk was made in the official statement delivered on the final day of the UN Environment Assembly by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction.

15 Mar 2019 News briefs

Kenyan city offers resilience "training ground"

As the UN Environment Assembly opens in Nairobi, the head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction took the opportunity to see how the city of Kisumu is building resilience in the face of multiple challenges.

13 Mar 2019 News briefs
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