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Call to raise level of ambition on Sendai

Some 4,000 people attending the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction this week which ended with a call to raise ambition levels to reduce risk and disaster losses

17 May 2019 News briefs

Women's leadership key to reducing disaster mortality

The promotion of women's leadership was credited yesterday for the significant drop in disaster mortality in Bangladesh during a Special Session at the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction.

16 May 2019 News briefs

UN recognises excellence in protecting vulnerable communities from disaster risk

The Department of Civil Defence of Campinas, Brazil, the Mahila Housing Sewa Trust, India, and Mr. Pramod Kumar Mishra, Additional Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister of India, are the three laureates of the 2019 United Nations Sasakawa Award for Disaster Risk Reduction.

16 May 2019 Press release

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

Inclusion matters in build up to the Global Platform

Whether the discussion was on reconstruction, early warnings or science and policy, the challenge of inclusion in disaster risk reduction was a central theme in today's preparatory meetings for the 6th edition of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction.

13 May 2019 News briefs

Youth are key to a resilient Pacific

The inaugural Pacific Resilience Meeting has closed with a call to pursue two critical pathways towards resilient and sustainable development in an era of increasing impact from climate change.
12 May 2019 News briefs

Nepal's corruption-free reconstruction effort

How Nepal ensured there was no corruption in the massive reconstruction effort that got underway after the 2015 earthquake which damaged a million homes.

8 May 2019 News briefs

First Arab DRR Science Conference planned

It is hoped to have the 1st Arab Science And Technology Confernce for DRR in Beirut later this year.

10 Apr 2019 News briefs

Early warning systems and "the last metre"

Events such as last year's deadly Sulawesi tsunami in Indonesia underline the importance of communication and outreach to vulnerable populations.

9 Apr 2019 News briefs

Cambodia steps up fight against climate change

Cambodia is stepping up efforts to reduce disaster risk as it battles climate change and extreme weather events with a new National Action Plan for Disaster Risk Reduction

8 Apr 2019 News briefs

Coalition for Resilient Infrastructure takes off

India's vision for the creation of a global coalition for resilient infrastructure moved closer to becoming a reality today.

20 Mar 2019 News briefs

'Now is the time to do bold things...'

Representatives from 33 countries - including the majority of the G20 - are gathered in New Delhi today and tomorrow to discuss the creation of an international Coalition for Resilient Infrastructure

19 Mar 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

Kenyan city offers resilience "training ground"

As the UN Environment Assembly opens in Nairobi, the head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction took the opportunity to see how the city of Kisumu is building resilience in the face of multiple challenges.

13 Mar 2019 News briefs

Rome Declaraton on DRR adopted

The Rome Declaration was adopted today at the close of the European Forum on Disaster Risk Reduction, spelling out the challenges facing the region.

23 Nov 2018 News briefs

Progress under spotlight at Resilience Week

Barcelona Resilience Week, a week of events and debates dedicated to sharing and advancing resilience best practice, has kicked off with speakers highlighting a shift in thinking in recent years about how to approach the question of resilience.

14 Nov 2018 News briefs

UN Secretary-General's Message for World Tsunami Awareness Day

World Tsunami Awareness Day is an opportunity to emphasize the importance of disaster prevention and preparedness, says UN Secretary-General.

5 Nov 2018 News briefs

Tsunamis account for $280 billion in economic losses over last twenty years

Monday, November 5, is World Tsunami Awareness Day. A review of available data shows that the last twenty years have been the most deadly and costly period for this rare but devastating natural hazard. 

2 Nov 2018 Press release

Disasters reveal gender gap

Greater effort must be made to include women in disaster risk management.

12 Oct 2018 News briefs

When disasters and conflict collide

One of the most anticipated sessions at the Africa-Arab States Platform on DRR today was the session on DRR in a Fragile and Conflict context.

12 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

UNISDR calls for greater attention to disaster risk in Pacific's "Ring of Fire"

90% of the world's earthquakes occur in the Pacific Ring of Fire. It requires special when it comes to disaster risk management, says UNISDR chief Mami Mizutori.

1 Oct 2018 Press release

Sendai Framework Monitor training starts

Since the launch of the Sendai Framework Monitor in March, 61 countries have started using it to report disaster losses and UNISDR is now providing a trainer of trainers' module to support the roll-out.

26 Sep 2018 News briefs

Disaster risk-informed strategies for sustainable development

Tunisia, Egypt and Jordan share significant progress on their path to developing disaster risk reduction strategies while Afghanistan presents a fast-track solution that they hope can be a model for other countries in the region.
23 Aug 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

Vulnerable development still profitable

A side event at the High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, heard reports back from the recent series of regional meetings on disaster risk reduction and highlighted the importance of DRR to achieving the SDGs.


17 Jul 2018 News briefs

Australia to host 2020 Asian Ministerial Conference

Australia will host the 2020 Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction which will have strong participation from Pacific islands and showcase the work of the National Resilience Taskforce.

10 Jul 2018 News briefs

Disaster displacement "chronic" in Asia

Extreme weather events across Asia in recent days underline the importance of the new action plan agreed at last week's Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction.

9 Jul 2018 News briefs

Lights, camera...climate change

Both winners focussed on extreme temperatures in the UNISDR video competition at the Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction

9 Jul 2018 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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