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Thailand: Infrastructure resilience at the cornerstone of risk-informed development

As one of the first countries in the region to mark the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction, the Government of Thailand took advantage of the occasion to highlight how it is working with partners to build the resilience of its infrastructure.
12 Oct 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

Thailand seeks to better understand its disaster-related economic losses to build resilience

In the face of climate change and growing urbanization, Thailand is taking key steps to strengthen its resilience, including through a better understanding of disaster-related economic losses. The collection of statistics on losses and damages, especially on key sectors such as agriculture, housing, infrastructure, and cultural heritage, can guide risk reduction efforts to safeguard these sectors.
28 Aug 2019 News briefs

Laos invests in disaster risk reduction to thwart future disasters

As the Government of Lao PDR continues its recovery from the floods of 2018, it is seeking to lessen the risk of future disasters. To accomplish this, the Lao Government and the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction jointly organized a national workshop that brought together development partners and government agencies to lay the foundation for the country’s first national disaster risk reduction strategy.
8 Aug 2019 News briefs

Accelerating disaster risk reduction in South Asia to keep up with development

UNDRR is supporting the Member States of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) maintain and protect their development gains by strengthening their ability to develop, implement and monitor coherent disaster risk reduction strategies.
12 Jul 2019 News briefs

Voluntary Commitments Report 2019 recognises contributions of stakeholders

The Sendai Framework Voluntary Commitment (SFVC) first Synthesis and Analysis Report was launched in Geneva during the recent Global Platform. Voluntary Commitments (VCs) are made by multiple stakeholders (private sector, local governments, civil society organizations, academia, media, etc.) in support of the implementation of the Sendai Framework, the global roadmap for reducing disaster loses by 2030.

25 Jun 2019 News briefs

Indonesia and UN to work closely on disaster prevention following 2018 disaster death toll

 Following the deaths or disappearances of over 4,600 people last year in 2,426 recorded disaster events, Indonesia is stepping up efforts to improve disaster risk management.

29 May 2019 Press release

Asia and the Pacific gears up for the Global Platform and beyond

The Asia-Pacific region is making progress in reducing disaster mortality, but high economic losses from disasters point to a need for governments to accelerate the implementation of the disaster risk reduction strategies they have developed.
14 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

Fani's hard lesson on resilient infrastructure

Early warnings saved lives when Cyclone Fani hit the Indian state of Odisha but there are lessons to be learned on resilient infrastructure as a result of the widespread damage caused by the category 4 storm.

7 May 2019 News briefs

Nepal's safe school lesson

Four years after an earthquake which destroyed 14,500 classrooms, efforts continue in Nepal to mainstream school safety 

30 Apr 2019 News briefs

Joint UN effort bolsters Iran’s ability to reduce its disaster risk

In partnership with Iran’s Planning and Budget Organization and the National Disaster Management Organization (NDMO),  the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR), the Asian and Pacific Centre for the Development of Disaster Information Management (ESCAP-APDIM), and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) organized a training meeting to boost the capacity of Iran's national agencies to reduce disaster risk. The three UN entities jointly lead the UN Regional Coordination Mechanism’s working group on disaster risk reduction and resilience.

30 Apr 2019 News briefs

Kathmandu "not most-at-risk" for earthquakes

Scientists working with the UN Country Team in Nepal have found that earthquake risk in the west of the country is being overlooked.

26 Apr 2019 News briefs

Nepal earthquake recovery enters 5th year

Four years on from the April 2015 earthquake, reconstruction efforts are continuing.

25 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

Brisbane to host the 2020 Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction

Brisbane, host of the next Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, is also home to the Queensland Reconstruction Authority.

5 Apr 2019 Press release

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

India launches private sector alliance to reduce disaster losses

ARISE India, a private sector alliance for DRR, was launched today on the 4th anniversary of the adoption of the Sendai Framework

18 Mar 2019 Press release

Deadline for Submitting Voluntary Commitments approaching

Organizations working to build resilience are submitting voluntary commitments in support of the Sendai Framework, the global roadmap for reducing disaster losses by 2030. If your organization is working on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), make a voluntary commitment to show case your efforts and highlight your achievements.
6 Mar 2019 News briefs

Organizations log voluntary commitments online in new platform

Organizations working on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) have started to log their voluntary commitments in support of the Sendai Framework - the global roadmap for reducing disaster losses by 2030 - in a new online platform. More than 50 users have registered in the first few weeks of operation. In addition, the platform has already received the first submissions of voluntary commitments by organizations working in DRR. In close coordination with these organizations, UNISDR reviews the submissions before publishing them in the platform.

4 Feb 2019 News briefs

Launch of online learning course for Sendai Framework Monitor

In partnership with the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center, the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) has launched an online learning course on the use of the Sendai Framework Monitor. This free online course is available to all Member States to guide officials on how to prepare and upload national and local data to the Sendai Framework Monitor. Since March 2018, Member States can report on their progress in implementing the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, and the disaster risk-related indicators of the Sustainable Development Goals, by using the online Sendai Framework Monitor.  

28 Jan 2019 News briefs

Thailand limits death toll from Pabuk

In the aftermath of Storm Pabuk, UNISDR is working with the Government of Thailand to align its national disaster management plan with the Sendai Framework.

10 Jan 2019 News briefs

Online system records voluntary commitments to Sendai Framework

The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction is launching an online platform which allows partners to log their voluntary commitments towanrds implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

20 Dec 2018 News briefs

Tsunami Museums meet in Japan

Japan hosted the 2nd World Tsunami Museum Conference which attracted 156 participants from 17 countries to help raise awareness of tsunami risk.

19 Dec 2018 News briefs

Planning for a Resilient Future in Asia and the Pacific

The Asia Pacific region needs to accelerate progress on increasing the number of national and local disaster risk reduction strategies if they are to reach the first target of the Sendai Framework by 2020. This was a key conclusion of a two-day workshop in Bangkok, Thailand, convened by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction.

18 Dec 2018 News briefs

Bringing DRR to the local-level in Asia and the Pacific

Delegates at the ISDR-Asia Partnership Forum, a two-day gathering of 100 representatives from 20 governments, intergovernmental organizations, stakeholder groups, the United Nations and international organizations, organized by UNISDR Asia Pacific Office, agree that countries in the region need to accelerate action to reduce disaster risks and achieve the goals of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

14 Dec 2018 News briefs

Science Expo 2018: Science and DRR

UNISDR and partners organised a science workshop in the sidelines of the Indonesian Science Expo, to strengthen, empower and mobilize young scientists to contribute to advancing disaster risk reduction in Asia and the Pacific.

20 Nov 2018 News briefs

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