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First Africa-Arab DRR platform opens

The first-ever joint Africa-Arab Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction opened today in Tunis, Tunisia, with calls for accelerated implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030.

11 Oct 2018 News briefs

UNISDR calls for risk-informed investment

Speaking to Commonwealth Finance Ministers and senior officials representing 53 countries, the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction and head of UNISDR, Mami Mizutori, focussed on the need to improve accounting of economic losses from disasters to better guide disaster risk management strategies.

11 Oct 2018 News briefs

Tsunami risk rising in tourist hotspots

Tsunami risk was at the heart of a discussion to raise awareness at the Africa-Arab States Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction which is underway in Tunis, Tunisia.

11 Oct 2018 News briefs

UN 20-year review: earthquakes and tsunamis kill more people while climate change is driving up economic losses

UNISDR released a major report today on economic losses from disasters, the theme of this year's International Day for Disaster Reduction which is celebrated globally on October 13.

10 Oct 2018 News briefs

Italy to host European discussions on disaster losses

Italy will host the European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction, in Rome, in November.

4 Oct 2018 News briefs

UNISDR calls for greater attention to disaster risk in Pacific's "Ring of Fire"

90% of the world's earthquakes occur in the Pacific Ring of Fire. It requires special when it comes to disaster risk management, says UNISDR chief Mami Mizutori.

1 Oct 2018 Press release

European Cities Pioneer DRR Peer Review

Under the Making Cities Resilient Campaign, UNISDR finalizes a peer to peer city review tool - USCORE - to support resilient cities and boost the number of local disaster risk reduction strategies around the world.

28 Sep 2018 News briefs

Sendai Framework Monitor training starts

Since the launch of the Sendai Framework Monitor in March, 61 countries have started using it to report disaster losses and UNISDR is now providing a trainer of trainers' module to support the roll-out.

26 Sep 2018 News briefs

Kenya boosts risk reduction capacity

As the Government of Kenya initiates a reform programme to improve the country’s capacity to reduce disaster risks and mitigate the socioeconomic and fiscal impact of disasters, UNISDR co-hosts a risk workshop to provide relevant decision-makers with tools and methodologies to make informed choices and to support the development of holistic risk reduction strategies.

21 Sep 2018 News briefs

Resilience investment “opportunity” for private sector

Mami Mizutori, Head of UNISDR, speaks on the opportunities for business in investing in disaster risk reduction.

20 Sep 2018 News briefs

Africa city leaders promote inclusive resilience

City leaders and disaster risk planners in Africa share experience on inclusive resilience at a progress workshop under the Making Cities Resilient Campaign in Nairobi.

19 Sep 2018 News briefs

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
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