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Tourism industry in Americas, Caribbean prepares against tsunami risk

Participants at a workshop on climate smart tourism at the Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in Cartagena heard how the seismic-prone region is protecting citizens, infrastructure and thr tourism industry from tsunamis.

26 Jun 2018 News briefs

Americas makes resilience a priority

Americas conference closes with call to make disaster risk reduction a public policy priority.

25 Jun 2018 News briefs

Jamaica to host 2020 DRR meeeting

The Americas and the Caribbean renewed commitment to implement the Sendai Framework at close of regional platform in Colombia.

25 Jun 2018 News briefs

Climate displacement: "an untold story"

EU Foreign Policy chief, Federica Mogherini says more people are displaced by climate impacts than by war.

25 Jun 2018 News briefs

Sendai can "unleash" science on disaster risk reduction

Scientists meeting at the Regional Platform for the Americas discuss Sendai Framework as an opportunity to “unleash” science in the service of reducing the risks posed by natural disasters that take so many lives each year

22 Jun 2018 News briefs

Caribbean rises to resilience challenge

Building on the experience of the record-breaking 2017 hurricane season, countries in the Caribbean are taking the opportunity to transform their resilience capacity, according to speakers at the Regional Platform in Cartagena, Colombia.

22 Jun 2018 News briefs

DRR before and after Hurricane Mitch

The Americas Regional Platform had a wide-ranging discussion on the development of disaster risk reduction in Central America since Hurricane Mitch twenty years ago.

21 Jun 2018 News briefs

Cities share plans to reduce disaster loss

At the Regional Platform for the Americas, mayors from five cities share their plans to reduce disaster losses as part of a three-year programme.
21 Jun 2018 News briefs

Colombia President opens disaster risk meeting

Americas Regional Platform for disaster risk reduction is opened today by the President of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos who calls it "an amazing opportunity" to make progress on reducing disaster risk.

20 Jun 2018 News briefs

Colombia cites progress on risk management

The prompt evacuation of those threatened by recent landslides at the Ituango hydroelectric dam project was cited today as evidence of Colombia's progress on disaster risk management.
20 Jun 2018 News briefs

UNISDR head calls for more inclusion in DRR

The head of UNISDR, Mami Mizutori, today told the Americas Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, that effective disaster risk management requires an inclusive, all-of-societry approach.

20 Jun 2018 News briefs

Americas works to improve disaster statistics

Representatives of eight national institutes of statistics in the Americas meet in the sidelines of the Regional Platform in Cartagena, Colombia, to discuss ways to better collect data and statistics to monitor progress on reducing disaster losses as outlined in the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.
19 Jun 2018 News briefs

Americas DRR Platform focus on inclusion

After becoming blind through ocular disease, retired geologist Tichico Joel Cobian Mena puts his knowledge to good use by working to include vulnerable people in community plans for disaster risk reduction.

19 Jun 2018 News briefs

CREWS initiative expands coverage

An international initiative to improve early warning systems against extreme weather and support climate change adaptation is gaining momentum to protect more people in more places.
18 Jun 2018 News briefs

Putting science to work for resilience

Experts from around the world meet to discuss development of the Global Risk Assessment Framework - an intereactive tool to curate and disseminate information and ideas to decision makers around risk information.

14 Jun 2018 News briefs

UNISDR assesses progress on Sendai Framework

The latest Annual Report of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, UNISDR, highlights significant progress in the training of member states in monitoring implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, the global plan for reducing disaster losses.
11 Jun 2018 News briefs

Tanzania earthquake prompts safe schools initiative

Following a deadly and disruptive earthquake in September 2016, authorities in Tanzania have embarked on a project to engage school children in community disaster preparedness as part of their Education in Emergency initiative.

7 Jun 2018 News briefs

Poland joins Resilient Cities Campaign

UNISDR's Making Cities Resilient Campaign has received a boost in Poland where one of the country's provinces has joined the Campaign.

4 Jun 2018 News briefs

UNISDR head visits tsunami schools

The head of UNISDR, Mami Mizutori, visited tsunami-affected areas on her first visit to Japan since her appointment as UN Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction.

23 May 2018 News briefs

Americas to meet on disaster risk reduction

The 6th Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas will take place from June 20-22 hosted by the government of Colombia in Cartagena.
22 May 2018 News briefs

Armenia to host regional conference on disaster losses

The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) today announced that Armenia will host countries from Central Asia and the South Caucasus in June to discuss scaling up efforts to reduce disaster losses.

18 May 2018 News briefs

Disasters reveal Asia-Pacific's rising inequality

In advance of July's Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, political leaders from Asia-Pacific have committed to tackling rising inequality across the region.

17 May 2018 News briefs

Sichuan quake anniversary: China’s “transformed approach” to disaster risk

China has transformed its approach to reducing disaster risk following the devastating Sichuan earthquake ten years ago, with citizens including school children more protected and prepared than ever.
10 May 2018 News briefs

Lessons of cyclone Nargis still need to be applied

In May 2008, less than four years after the Indian Ocean tsunami resulted in the loss of 230,000 lives, the world witnessed another disaster which provided a tragic illustration of the price people and nations pay in the absence of effective early warning systems being in place. 
4 May 2018 News briefs

Action needed on water and disasters

Urgent action is needed to address water-related disasters which accounted for 90% of the 1,000 most severe disasters that have occurred since 1990, according to the final outcome document – Making Every Drop Count - of the High Level Panel on Water, issued in March to kick off the International Decade for Action on Water for Sustainable Development.
3 May 2018 News briefs

Asia-Pacific gears up for major DRR gathering

Efforts to eradicate poverty in the Asia-Pacific region are being impeded by the high volume of disaster events across the region where the lives of millions are disrupted every year by floods, storms, drought and earthquakes.
2 May 2018 News briefs

Rwanda advances with Sendai Framework

Rwanda has mainstreamed disaster risk reduction (DRR) across all sectors and put in place strong regulations and contingency plans to address all natural and man-made hazards affecting the country.
1 May 2018 News briefs

European scientists convene on disaster risk

A new European Science and Technology Advisory Group (E-STAG) convened this week in Sofia, Bulgaria, to focus on improving disaster risk knowledge in 55 countries across Europe and Central Asia.
27 Apr 2018 News briefs

WTO opens dialogue on trade and disasters

The World Trade Organization today called for greater dialogue on the impacts of the growing number of disasters on world trade and the role trade can play in building resilience to disasters.

26 Apr 2018 News briefs

Mongolian journalists learn disaster risk

Mongolian journalists have received an introduction to reporting on disaster risk management ahead of this week's ISDR-Asia Partnership (IAP) Forum, a key preparatory event for the Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in July.

23 Apr 2018 News briefs
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