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Bangladesh declares climate change a “planetary emergency”

Bangladesh declared climate change to be a “planetary emergency” and called on the world to work “on a war footing” to combat it and reduce its impacts.
15 Nov 2019 News briefs

Building Resilience across Generations: World Tsunami Awareness Day

More than 150 government representatives, members of academia and young participants from the 2019 Japan World Tsunami Awareness Day High School Summit commemorated World Tsunami Awareness Day on 5 November at the United Nations Headquarters, New York and discussed innovative solutions to reduce tsunami risks.

8 Nov 2019 News briefs

Build To Last: a lesson from Mozambique

A textbook example from Mozambique of what happens when building back better does not work.

10 Oct 2019 News briefs

Member states declare support for Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure

The UK, Japan and Bhutan announced that they have joined the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure, following its launch this week by the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi. 

25 Sep 2019 News briefs

Mozambique embraces Sendai Framework

UNDRR chief Mami Mizturi applauds Mozambique's commitment to reducing disaster losses, on her first visit to the country which is recovering from back-to-back cyclones earlier this year.

10 Sep 2019 News briefs

Silo-Breakers: Asia and the Pacific calls for integrating climate adaptation and disaster risk reduction

Integrated approaches that synergize climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction are key to building resilience. This was the resounding takeaway message at the Asia-Pacific Climate Week, which concluded on 6 September 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand.
6 Sep 2019 News briefs

New tool helps withstand hybrid and cascading risk scenarios

The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR), the European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats (Hybrid CoE) and the Ministry of the Interior for Finland have joined together to develop a new stress test tool that will help countries understand and improve their ability to reduce risk of hybrid threats and cascading disaster scenarios. 

5 Jul 2019 News briefs

Time is running out for a world at risk

Representatives from some 150 UN Member States attended the opening today of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

15 May 2019 News briefs

World media unite for DRR at Global Platform

World media outlets came together in Geneva to discuss their role in helping to reduce disaster losses and educating the public.

13 May 2019 News briefs

Appeal for attention to drought risk

A call for more attention to drought risk was made in the official statement delivered on the final day of the UN Environment Assembly by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction.

15 Mar 2019 News briefs

2018:Extreme weather events affected 60m people

Earthquakes and tsunamis accounted for the majority of the 10,733 lives lost in disasters last year while extreme weather events accounted for most of 61.7 million people affected by natural hazards, according to analysis of 281 events recorded by the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED) in its EM-DAT (International Disaster Database).

24 Jan 2019 Press release

Call for greater ambition in managing disaster risk following COP24

UNISDR head, Mami Mizutori, has welcomed the Paris Agreement Work Programme produced at the COP24 in Katowice, Poland, and hopes it will encourage greater alignment between national action plans on climate change and national strategies for disaster risk reduction.

17 Dec 2018 News briefs

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
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