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Disasters reveal Asia-Pacific's rising inequality

In advance of July's Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, political leaders from Asia-Pacific have committed to tackling rising inequality across the region.

17 May 2018 News briefs

Sichuan quake anniversary: China’s “transformed approach” to disaster risk

China has transformed its approach to reducing disaster risk following the devastating Sichuan earthquake ten years ago, with citizens including school children more protected and prepared than ever.
10 May 2018 News briefs

Asia-Pacific gears up for major DRR gathering

Efforts to eradicate poverty in the Asia-Pacific region are being impeded by the high volume of disaster events across the region where the lives of millions are disrupted every year by floods, storms, drought and earthquakes.
2 May 2018 News briefs

Mongolian journalists learn disaster risk

Mongolian journalists have received an introduction to reporting on disaster risk management ahead of this week's ISDR-Asia Partnership (IAP) Forum, a key preparatory event for the Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in July.

23 Apr 2018 News briefs

UN welcomes Bhutan to Making Cities Resilient Campaign

The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) today welcomed Thimphu, the capital of earthquake-prone Bhutan, as the newest member of the Making Cities Resilient Campaign.
5 Apr 2018 Press release

Bhutan joins UNISDR Cities Campaign

Bhutan’s famous Gross National Happiness index has been given a boost with the announcement that its capital, Thimphu, has joined UNISDR’s Making Cities Resilient Campaign.
4 Apr 2018 News briefs

Pacific islands launch Sendai Framework Monitor

Australia, Cook Islands, Fiji, Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, Republic of Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu all participated recently in training on use of the Sendai Framework Monitor.

28 Mar 2018 News briefs

"Business as usual" vital to recovery - ARISE Japan

A study of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami has emphasized the importance of economic recovery to the well-being of communities in the post-disaster phase.

13 Mar 2018 News briefs

Floods test Honiara’s resilience plans

Less than 24 hours after Honiara launched a major review of its disaster resilience planning, heavy rain and flash floods provided an immediate test of the city’s preparedness.
2 Mar 2018 News briefs

Fiji to adopt new DRR policy

The enduring wisdom of the Japanese geophysicist Torahiko Terada – a pioneer of earthquake studies almost a century ago – is inspiring a Pacific nation’s effort to strengthen its disaster risk governance.
21 Feb 2018 News briefs

Building back better restores hope

The opportunity to build back better is an opportunity not just to prevent loss of life but to restore a community's morale and to integrate disaster risk reduction measures into daily civil life, UNISDR head, Robert Glasser told a Special Session at the World Urban Forum yesterday.

12 Feb 2018 News briefs

Resilience is about being ready

The print version of the Making Cities Resilient Campaign Handbook was launched today at the World Urban Forum following a discussion on urban risk featuring Quito and Kampala.

12 Feb 2018 News briefs

#WUF9: Call to join Resilient Cities Campaign

UNISDR head, Robert Glasser, issues call at the World Urban Forum in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, for more cities and towns to join the Making Cities Resilient Campaign.

11 Feb 2018 News briefs

Building Kathmandu Back Better

Every day when Purusotam Shakya steps into his office in the heart of Kathmandu, Nepal’s bustling capital city, three words leap to the front of his mind: “Build Back Better”.
24 Jan 2018 News briefs

Japan hosts World Tsunami Museum Conference

Directors and representatives from eight museums and organizations around the world, recently came together with government officials in the Japanese city of Ishigaki in Okinawa for the first ever World Tsunami Museum Conference.
17 Nov 2017 News briefs

Youth hold tsunami summit in Japan

For the second year, a High School students Summit was organised in Japan to mark World Tsunami Awareness Day. Young people from 26 countries participated.

14 Nov 2017 News briefs

How can small islands survive a tsunami?

November is becoming tsunami awareness month. Tomorrow students from 21 disaster exposed countries will meet in Okinawa, Japan, for the High School Students Islands Summit.

6 Nov 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

Pacific commits on inclusion

The 2017 Joint Pacific Platform for Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change Roundtable today committed “to amplify efforts” towards an all-of-society approach that builds disaster and climate resilience across this huge maritime region.
5 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

UNISDR Champion Highlights Youth Role

ULAANBAATAR, 4 August 2017 – UNISDR’s newest Champion for Disaster Risk Reduction has called upon youth leaders from around the world to make a bigger contribution to global efforts towards sustainable and resilient development.
4 Aug 2017 News briefs

Disaster prevention champion Legarda calls for resilience in quake zones

International disaster prevention advocate Senator Loren Legarda has called for a strengthening of the resilience of critical infrastructure, in the wake of a magnitude 6.5 earthquake that hit Leyte in her homeland the Philippines last week.

11 Jul 2017 News briefs

China reaffirms disaster risk cooperation commitment

China’s Minister of Civil Affairs has reaffirmed his country’s commitment to increasing international cooperation to address the common challenge of disasters.

16 May 2017 News briefs

Take up the ‘noble pursuit’ of disaster risk reduction

Young researchers in China have been urged to take up the ‘noble pursuit’ of applying science and technology to save lives and protect livelihoods from disasters.

12 May 2017 News briefs

Japan’s new UNISDR parliamentary support group

Tokyo, 13 April, 2017 - This week saw further strengthening of Japan’s support for disaster risk reduction with the launch of a new non-partisan parliamentarian support group.
13 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

Mongolia to lead on disaster strategy target

Mongolia has pledged to lead by example and inspire countries across Asia to meet the most pressing target of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, a global blueprint for tackling natural and human-induced hazards.

7 Apr 2017 News briefs

Japanese children and companies implement Sendai Framework

Schoolchildren and businesses in Japan are working hard to implement the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, a 15-year blueprint adopted at a UN conference in their country in 2015.
23 Mar 2017 News briefs

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