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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

Practitioners guide on water-related disasters launched

UNISDR and UNECE partner to release the latest in the Worlds into Action series of guidelines, Implementation Guide for Addressing Water-Related Disasters and Transboundary Cooperation: Integrating Disaster Risk Management with Water Management and Climate Change Adaptation.

12 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

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

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

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

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

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
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