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UN SG announces new Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction and Head of UNISDR

The UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, has announced the appointment of Mami Mizutori of Japan as Assistant Secretary-General and Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction.

1 Feb 2018 Press release

Rivers and Resilience in Latin America

Rivers run through many cities in Latin America that have joined UNISDR’s Making Cities Resilient Campaign, and management of these rivers brought three of those cities together last month to carry out a reality check.
26 Jan 2018 News briefs

Building Kathmandu Back Better

Every day when Purusotam Shakya steps into his office in the heart of Kathmandu, Nepal’s bustling capital city, three words leap to the front of his mind: “Build Back Better”.
24 Jan 2018 News briefs

Cities Scale Up Resilience

Twenty cities with a combined population of more than 50 million people today began sharing experience on how to save lives and protect livelihoods in the face of mounting disaster and climate risk.
23 Jan 2018 News briefs

Three Year Hot Streak "Existential Threat to Planet"

The UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, Mr. Robert Glasser, today described the accelerating pace of climate change as “an existential threat to the planet”.
18 Jan 2018 News briefs

India seeks coalition on resilient infrastructure

NEW DELHI, 15 January, 2018 - India’s Home Minister Mr. Rajnath Singh, today expressed India’s desire to lead a global coalition which will work towards reducing damage to critical infrastructure as called for by the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

15 Jan 2018 News briefs

Asia prioritizes Sendai Target (e)

BANGKOK, 15 December 2017 – Governments and stakeholder partners from across Asia have renewed their commitment to a substantial increase in the number of countries with national and local disaster risk reduction strategies by 2020.
15 Dec 2017 News briefs

Sendai Framework Monitoring Process Kicks Off

The Sendai Framework Monitoring Process took off this week as representatives from 85 UN Member States met in Bonn to share their knowledge and learn of the reporting requirements for the monitoring of the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the global plan for reducing disaster losses adopted in March 2015.
8 Dec 2017 News briefs

Space technologies key to risk reduction

A number of meetings and declarations in recent weeks have emphasized the importance of space technologies in supporting UN Member States to implement the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the global plan to reduce disaster losses by 2030.

5 Dec 2017 News briefs

Putting Disaster Risk Into Adaptation Plans

UNISDR convened a meeting this week for experts to discuss integration of disaster risk into National Adaptation Plans being drawn up under the terms of the Paris Agreement on climate change.

29 Nov 2017 News briefs

UN: Volcanic eruption on Mount Agung underlines necessity for early warning and evacuation

The UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, Mr. Robert Glasser, today expressed his concern for the people and Government of Indonesia as the likelihood of a large volcanic eruption on Bali’s Mount Agung continues to become more imminent.
28 Nov 2017 Press release

Israel raises tsunami awareness

Do not be surprised to see tsunami warning signs if you walk along the beaches of Tel Aviv, they were set up earlier this month to coincide with the World Tsunami Awareness Day on November 5 by the city authorities to alert tourists and residents to the potential risk of a tsunami along the Mediterranean coastline.
24 Nov 2017 News briefs

Portugal joins tsunami warning network

Portugal today joins France, Italy, Greece and Turkey as a National Tsunami Warning Provider in Europe covering the North-East Atlantic and the Mediterranean Sea, which was the source of a devastating earthquake and tsunami which destroyed Lisbon in 1755.
23 Nov 2017 News briefs

UNISDR to set up expert group on risk

The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) has welcomed a recommendation to create an expert working group that will focus on the creation of a global risk assessment framework.
23 Nov 2017 News briefs

Experts meet on global risk framework

A two day meeting got underway today in Geneva to work on a Global Risk Assessment Framework in support of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

20 Nov 2017 News briefs

Public Health England reviews Sendai implementation

Public Health England (PHE) has demonstrated its commitment to reducing the numbers of people affected by disasters by publishing a national review of its progress on implementation of the key international agreement, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.
17 Nov 2017 News briefs

Japan hosts World Tsunami Museum Conference

Directors and representatives from eight museums and organizations around the world, recently came together with government officials in the Japanese city of Ishigaki in Okinawa for the first ever World Tsunami Museum Conference.
17 Nov 2017 News briefs

PreventionWeb marks 10th anniversary with launch of new features

PreventionWeb, the global knowledge sharing platform on disaster risk reduction (DRR), celebrates today its 10th anniversary. Launched in 2007 to support the work of DRR professionals, the site is managed by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR).
16 Nov 2017 News briefs

COP23 focus on early warning systems

Vulnerable communities in Africa, the Pacific and Caribbean are now benefiting from improved early warning systems against extreme weather as part of an international drive to boost resilience and climate change adaptation.
16 Nov 2017 News briefs

Iran to investigate construction in quake zone

The collapse of some state-built homes in Sunday’s earthquake in western Iran was evidence of corruption, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told a cabinet meeting today, according to state media.
15 Nov 2017 News briefs

Youth hold tsunami summit in Japan

For the second year, a High School students Summit was organised in Japan to mark World Tsunami Awareness Day. Young people from 26 countries participated.

14 Nov 2017 News briefs

Can COP23 fill the ambition gap?

The Kyoto Protocol was adopted 20 years ago and since then we have seen an explosion of extreme weather events which have cost many lives and made the struggle to end poverty more challenging than it otherwise needs to be.
13 Nov 2017 News briefs

How can small islands survive a tsunami?

November is becoming tsunami awareness month. Tomorrow students from 21 disaster exposed countries will meet in Okinawa, Japan, for the High School Students Islands Summit.

6 Nov 2017 News briefs

Education is key to preparing for tsunamis

The UN Deputy Secretary-General Ms. Amina J. Mohammed opened a high-level panel discussion in New York this week as part of the build up to World Tsunami Awareness Day on November 5.

3 Nov 2017 News briefs

UN Urges States at Risk Not to Ignore Tsunami Threat

Portugal is to formally open a National Tsunami Warning Centre on November 21, which will extend Europe’s capacity to issue tsunami alerts to its citizens. This center will monitor an area where a large earthquake followed by a big tsunami destroyed Lisbon in 1755.
3 Nov 2017 Press release

Rising to the Tsunami Challenge

Over the last week I have moderated discussions in Geneva and New York in which representatives from tsunami-exposed countries including Chile, Indonesia, Japan and Maldives have shared their recent experiences of this rare but most deadly of disasters.
3 Nov 2017 News briefs

UN Appoints Tsunami Survivor as Global Advocate

A tsunami survivor who has dedicated herself to building and supporting safe schools in disaster zones has been appointed as the UN’s first World Tsunami Awareness Advocate by Mr. Robert Glasser, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction.
2 Nov 2017 News briefs

Tsunami Advocate Focuses On Safe Schools

Czech model and entrepreneur Petra Nemcova was yesterday officially recognized by Robert Glasser, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction as World Tsunami Awareness Advocate in a ceremony held at the Japan Society in New York.
2 Nov 2017 News briefs

Report highlights 'Seismic Gaps' in Tsunami Risk Areas

A review of tsunami hazards over the last 400 years highlights “seismic gaps” or locations in the Pacific region where there may be complacency about the tsunami threat following long periods of seismic inactivity.
1 Nov 2017 Press release

#TSUNAMIDAY2017: Climate and geohazards

Nine years ago, scientists from the UK, Europe and the USA met in London to discuss a new and unexpected way that global warming might be threatening the planet.
31 Oct 2017 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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