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Israel prepares to face tsunamis

More than 130 000 children have taken part in the first national tsunami simulation ever done with schools in Israel. The tsunami simulation was part of a wider national earthquake drill that was also organized today involving more than 2.5 million students throughout the country. 

12 Mar 2019 News briefs

Deadline for Submitting Voluntary Commitments approaching

Organizations working to build resilience are submitting voluntary commitments in support of the Sendai Framework, the global roadmap for reducing disaster losses by 2030. If your organization is working on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), make a voluntary commitment to show case your efforts and highlight your achievements.
6 Mar 2019 News briefs

Disasters are threat to human rights

Nothings lays bare inequality and discrimination like a disaster, UNISDR chief Mami Mizutori told a special session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva.

26 Feb 2019 News briefs

Time for mining to deliver on zero casualty policy

The head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, Mami Mizutori, calls on the mining industry to put into action a zero casualty policy following the Brumadinho dam collapse that left hundreds dead or missing.

15 Feb 2019 News briefs

Organizations log voluntary commitments online in new platform

Organizations working on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) have started to log their voluntary commitments in support of the Sendai Framework - the global roadmap for reducing disaster losses by 2030 - in a new online platform. More than 50 users have registered in the first few weeks of operation. In addition, the platform has already received the first submissions of voluntary commitments by organizations working in DRR. In close coordination with these organizations, UNISDR reviews the submissions before publishing them in the platform.

4 Feb 2019 News briefs

Launch of online learning course for Sendai Framework Monitor

In partnership with the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center, the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) has launched an online learning course on the use of the Sendai Framework Monitor. This free online course is available to all Member States to guide officials on how to prepare and upload national and local data to the Sendai Framework Monitor. Since March 2018, Member States can report on their progress in implementing the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, and the disaster risk-related indicators of the Sustainable Development Goals, by using the online Sendai Framework Monitor.  

28 Jan 2019 News briefs

2018:Extreme weather events affected 60m people

Earthquakes and tsunamis accounted for the majority of the 10,733 lives lost in disasters last year while extreme weather events accounted for most of 61.7 million people affected by natural hazards, according to analysis of 281 events recorded by the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED) in its EM-DAT (International Disaster Database).

24 Jan 2019 Press release

Thailand limits death toll from Pabuk

In the aftermath of Storm Pabuk, UNISDR is working with the Government of Thailand to align its national disaster management plan with the Sendai Framework.

10 Jan 2019 News briefs

Online system records voluntary commitments to Sendai Framework

The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction is launching an online platform which allows partners to log their voluntary commitments towanrds implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

20 Dec 2018 News briefs

Technical meeting supports Sendai implementation

A technical meeting in Bonn supports Sendai Framework implementation

20 Dec 2018 News briefs

Tsunami Museums meet in Japan

Japan hosted the 2nd World Tsunami Museum Conference which attracted 156 participants from 17 countries to help raise awareness of tsunami risk.

19 Dec 2018 News briefs

Planning for a Resilient Future in Asia and the Pacific

The Asia Pacific region needs to accelerate progress on increasing the number of national and local disaster risk reduction strategies if they are to reach the first target of the Sendai Framework by 2020. This was a key conclusion of a two-day workshop in Bangkok, Thailand, convened by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction.

18 Dec 2018 News briefs

Partnerships key for reducing disaster risk

The two-day meeting bringing together more than 35 stakeholders and partners from across the Arab region finds that resilient sustainable development is only possible through an all-of-society approach.

18 Dec 2018 News briefs

Call for greater ambition in managing disaster risk following COP24

UNISDR head, Mami Mizutori, has welcomed the Paris Agreement Work Programme produced at the COP24 in Katowice, Poland, and hopes it will encourage greater alignment between national action plans on climate change and national strategies for disaster risk reduction.

17 Dec 2018 News briefs

Bringing DRR to the local-level in Asia and the Pacific

Delegates at the ISDR-Asia Partnership Forum, a two-day gathering of 100 representatives from 20 governments, intergovernmental organizations, stakeholder groups, the United Nations and international organizations, organized by UNISDR Asia Pacific Office, agree that countries in the region need to accelerate action to reduce disaster risks and achieve the goals of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

14 Dec 2018 News briefs

Philippines: private sector leads on DRR

ARISE Philippines launches a new business continuity facility for SMEs exposed to disasters.

6 Dec 2018 News briefs

UN highlights urgent need to tackle man-made and technological hazards

UNISDR and partners today launched an "Implementation Guide for Man-made and Technological Hazards" to support implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030.

4 Dec 2018 News briefs

Partnership mechanism supports Sendai Framework

UNISDR launches a new partnership engagement mechanism to encourage cohesive and inclusive stakeholder support to implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

4 Dec 2018 News briefs

Global Platform calls for innovation

The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) has called for innovative ideas and approaches for DRR to be showcased at its most prominent conference, the Global Platform. The 2019 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction will be the first to feature a dedicated Innovation Platform. The aim is to attract, showcase and display applications of new and innovative approaches in disaster risk reduction.

26 Nov 2018 News briefs

Major award for GEM's work on earthquake risk

GEM, an initiative to improve understanding of earthquake risk has received a major award at the European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction.

23 Nov 2018 News briefs

Rome Declaraton on DRR adopted

The Rome Declaration was adopted today at the close of the European Forum on Disaster Risk Reduction, spelling out the challenges facing the region.

23 Nov 2018 News briefs

Italy's PM: DRR 'fundamental for all governments'

The Prime Minister of Italy, Giuseppe Conte, delivered a ringing endorsement of the Sendai Framework today in his opening speech to the European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction.

22 Nov 2018 News briefs

Mexico launches public-private network for DRR

Mexican companies and businesses have joined the first Mexican Network of the Private Sector Alliance for Disaster Resilient Societies (ARISE) and agreed to work together to build a more resilient Mexico against disasters. Mexico ranks among the countries most exposed to disasters in Latin America and the fifth in terms of economic losses.  

22 Nov 2018 News briefs

2019 Sasakawa Award nominations open

Nominations for the 2019 Sasakawa Award are now open. The Award will recognize individuals, organizations and initiatives that have best contributed to ensuring inclusive, accessible and non-discriminatory participation in disaster risk reduction activities for all sections of society, especially the poor.

22 Nov 2018 News briefs

Europe's concern over emerging risks

A High Level Roundtable raised concerns today about new and emerging risks at the European Forum on Disaster Risk Reduction in Rome.

22 Nov 2018 News briefs

Science Expo 2018: Science and DRR

UNISDR and partners organised a science workshop in the sidelines of the Indonesian Science Expo, to strengthen, empower and mobilize young scientists to contribute to advancing disaster risk reduction in Asia and the Pacific.

20 Nov 2018 News briefs

Progress under spotlight at Resilience Week

Barcelona Resilience Week, a week of events and debates dedicated to sharing and advancing resilience best practice, has kicked off with speakers highlighting a shift in thinking in recent years about how to approach the question of resilience.

14 Nov 2018 News briefs

City resilience efforts to step up

Members of the Making Cities Resilient Campaign shave pledged to step up their efforts on collaboration and knowledge sharing to support more cities in implementing the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, at a recent meeting of the Steering Committee in the sidelines of Barcelona Resilience Week.

13 Nov 2018 News briefs

Germany gives € 5 million for Sendai Framework implementation

The German Government has announced strong support for the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the global plan to reduce disaster losses, including €5 million for implementation over the next three years.

9 Nov 2018 News briefs

#TsunamiDay2018 call to "invest in people"

At a meeting in UN HQ to mark the 3rd edition of World Tsunami Awareness Day, there were repeated calls for greater attention to the needs of those most vulnerable in disaster situations. 

 

6 Nov 2018 News briefs
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