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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

Philippines: private sector leads on DRR

ARISE Philippines launches a new business continuity facility for SMEs exposed to disasters.

6 Dec 2018 News briefs

Major award for GEM's work on earthquake risk

GEM, an initiative to improve understanding of earthquake risk has received a major award at the European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction.

23 Nov 2018 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

Italy's PM: DRR 'fundamental for all governments'

The Prime Minister of Italy, Giuseppe Conte, delivered a ringing endorsement of the Sendai Framework today in his opening speech to the European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction.

22 Nov 2018 News briefs

Europe's concern over emerging risks

A High Level Roundtable raised concerns today about new and emerging risks at the European Forum on Disaster Risk Reduction in Rome.

22 Nov 2018 News briefs

#TsunamiDay2018 call to "invest in people"

At a meeting in UN HQ to mark the 3rd edition of World Tsunami Awareness Day, there were repeated calls for greater attention to the needs of those most vulnerable in disaster situations. 

 

6 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

Earth observation data essential to DRR

The UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, Mami Mizutori, gave the keynote speech at the GEO-XV Plenary as part of GEO Week 2018, in Kyoto, Japan yesterday.

31 Oct 2018 News briefs

Journalists recognised for African DRR coverage

Over 100 entries from 16 countries were received for the first African Media Awards which were announced in Tunis on Saturday on the closing day of the Africa-Arab Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction.

15 Oct 2018 News briefs

Africa, Arab States to deliver on Sendai

The first joint Africa-Arab Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction closed on Saturday with a commitment to step up implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

14 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

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

Mass evacuations save lives in extreme weather

This year's run of disaster events worldwide confirms the long term trend of the last forty years which has seen a doubling in the number of recorded extreme weather events which now regularly account for 90% of disasters caused by natural hazards notably floods, storms, drought, landslides and wildfires.

18 Sep 2018 Press release

Urban resilience expert to chair ARISE

The new Advisory Board for ARISE, UNISDR's private sector partnership, is now complete following the election of a new co-chair, Dale Sands, and vice-chair, Martha Herrera.

27 Jul 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

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

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

Asia honours its local champions

Five local leaders with inspiring stories were hononoured for their actions at the Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction.

6 Jul 2018 News briefs

Urgent need for disaster resilient infrastructure

Significant investments in resilience are required to safeguard future massive investment in infrastructure across Asia in the coming years, a high level session heard today at the Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction.

5 Jul 2018 News briefs

AMCDRR focus on disaster displacement

The UN Secretary-General highlighted forced disaster displacement in his message to the AMCDRR yesterday as consultations got underway in Ulaanbaatar on a new guide.

4 Jul 2018 News briefs

Mongolia opens Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction

PRESS RELEASE: The Prime Minister of Mongolia, Khurelsukh Ukhnaa, urged participants at the Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction to make progress on reducing disaster losses in the world's most disaster-prone region in his keynote address on the opening day.

3 Jul 2018 Press release

Asia shows leadership on DRR

Youth, political leadership, inclusion and commitment to action were all on display as the Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction opened today.

3 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

Armenia hosts DRR discussions

The countries of Central Asia and the Caucasus are meeting for two days this week in Armenia, to discuss progress on implementing the Sendai Framework.

27 Jun 2018 News briefs

Jamaica to host 2020 DRR meeeting

The Americas and the Caribbean renewed commitment to implement the Sendai Framework at close of regional platform in Colombia.

25 Jun 2018 News briefs

Colombia President opens disaster risk meeting

Americas Regional Platform for disaster risk reduction is opened today by the President of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos who calls it "an amazing opportunity" to make progress on reducing disaster risk.

20 Jun 2018 News briefs

Colombia cites progress on risk management

The prompt evacuation of those threatened by recent landslides at the Ituango hydroelectric dam project was cited today as evidence of Colombia's progress on disaster risk management.
20 Jun 2018 News briefs
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