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Social protection reduces disaster risk for poor

Eradicating poverty and reducing the number of people affected by disasters are at the heart of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. Social protection works well in Mongolia and Pakistan.

5 Jul 2018 News briefs

Animals need DRR too

Poor farmers are often reluctant - or can leave it too late - to evacuate in the face of a storm or flood because of their concern at abandoning their animals.

5 Jul 2018 News briefs

Bangladesh joins cities campaign en masse

Breaking news at the Asian Ministerial on DRR is that all Bangladesh's 329 municipalities have joined UNISDR's Making Cities Resilient Campaign.

2 Jul 2018 News briefs

Mongolia brings disaster risk centre stage

The Mongolian capital Ulaanbaatar hosts the Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction this week and is also host to many people displaced by disaster.

1 Jul 2018 News briefs

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

UN Member States urged to adopt early warning checklist

The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) today welcomed the creation of a Multi-Hazard Early Warning Systems Checklist as a major contribution to saving lives in an age of increasing exposure to extreme weather events exacerbated by climate change.
23 Mar 2018 Press release

Sendai Monitor launch in Central Asia/ South Caucasus

Government representatives from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan have undergone training in the Sendai Framework Monitor, the newly launched online tool to allow improved collection of disaser loss data. 

12 Mar 2018 News briefs

Civil protection and finance sector join forces in Norway

The Norwegian Directorate for Civil Protection (DSB) held a conference this month on "Future Challenges - Are We Prepared?" which saw the launch of a new collaboration between DSB and the insurance industry.

26 Feb 2018 News briefs

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

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

#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

Fiji calls for action on climate

The Prime Minister of Fiji and the incoming COP23 President, Mr. Vorege Bainone, is hosting a pre-COP23 meeting to galvanise action on climate change and disaster risk.
17 Oct 2017 News briefs

UN Bonn office to monitor global disaster losses

The UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, Mr. Robert Glasser, today announced that next year will see the start of worldwide monitoring of disaster losses from extreme weather events and earthquakes through the Bonn office of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR).
17 Oct 2017 Press release

#IDDR2017: Dominica PM calls for climate action

Following the devastation wrought on his Caribbean island home by Hurricane Maria, the Prime Minister of Dominica, Mr. Roosevelt Skerrit, is calling on the world not “to turn its back” on the problem of climate change and for greater investment in disaster risk reduction.
12 Oct 2017 News briefs

#IDDR2017: UN Geneva Seminar Targets Youth

Valentina comes from Nancy and Agathe from Strasbourg. They are completing their final year at university and are among 150 students who are attending a two-day UN Geneva Seminar series on disaster risk reduction that started today.
12 Oct 2017 News briefs

Climate change and disasters “a suicidal development”

Visiting hurricane devastated islands in the Caribbean at the weekend, the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, stated that “the link between climate change and the devastation we are witnessing is clear, and there is a collective responsibility of the international community to stop this suicidal development.”
9 Oct 2017 News briefs

Pacific: DRR is everyone’s business

The Pacific region today challenged itself to make disaster risk reduction everybody’s business and convert one of the main calls for action of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction into an everyday reality.
4 Oct 2017 News briefs

Pacific tackles disaster and climate risk

A landmark meeting in the Pacific focused on integrated efforts to protect lives and livelihoods from the negative impact of disaster and climate risk will open tomorrow.
3 Oct 2017 News briefs

UN: Huge Volume of Extreme Weather Events Pose Major Threat to Peace and Security of Vulnerable Communities

The head of UNISDR, Mr. Robert Glasser, today issued a strongly worded statement in response to the unprecedented volume of extreme weather events unfolding around the world this week.

8 Sep 2017 Press release

Climate Change Is Key Driver Of Disasters

Until recently it has been well understood that the main drivers of weather-related disasters were increased exposure and vulnerability due to poverty, the breakneck pace of urbanization in low and middle income countries, population growth, the destruction of protective eco-systems and low institutional capacity to manage disaster risk.
9 Aug 2017 News briefs

The Cancun High-Level Communiqué

Leaders’ Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction - Cancun High-Level Communiqué 'Ensuring the resilience of infrastructure and housing.'
25 May 2017 News briefs

Early warning for all

Advances in early warning systems and disaster risk awareness have saved tens of thousands of lives and hundreds of billions of dollars.

24 May 2017 News briefs

Tsunami survivor's plea for early warning

A two day Multi-Hazard Early Warning Conference is underway in Cancun, Mexico, and its recommendations will feed into the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction which opens tomorrow.

23 May 2017 News briefs

Is leaving home the answer to climate change?

For island nations on the frontline of climate change and a swathe of natural hazards, the issue of whether communities should give up the battle and leave is never far away.

22 May 2017 News briefs

Risks to Small Island Developing States spotlighted

Dozens of the world’s most climate-vulnerable island nations today spotlighted efforts to curb threats posed by hazards and to make development sustainable, ahead of the 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction.

21 May 2017 News briefs

Early warning systems go global

Early warning systems and making the link between predictable weather and climate events and their impacts are critical to save lives and property when disaster looms.

8 May 2017 News briefs

How to Reduce Risk from Extreme Weather Events

A nightmare scenario for any community is to be taken by surprise in the middle of the night by a sudden disaster such as the mudslide that swept away hundreds of lives earlier this month in the Amazonian town of Mocoa in Putamayo, Colombia.
20 Apr 2017 News briefs

Mongolian PM makes Sendai pledge

The Prime Minister of Mongolia, Mr. Jargaltulgyn Erdenebat, says his country is ready to share its vast experience of managing extreme hazards to support greater implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction across Asia.

12 Apr 2017 News briefs

Stepping up resilience in the Maldives

The Indian Ocean nation of the Maldives is working hard to implement the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, seeing it as critical to its wider efforts to make development sustainable and deal with the challenge of climate change.

10 Apr 2017 News briefs

Europe sets stance for Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

A European conference today set out the continent’s stance for the looming 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, underscoring the need to rein in the impacts of natural and human-induced hazards.

28 Mar 2017 News briefs
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