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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

Students from 48 countries mark #TsunamiDay2018

For the third year, Japan hosted a High School Students Summit to mark World Tsunami Awareness Day. UNISDR head, Mami Mizutori, urged them to become youth ambassdors for disaster risk reduction.

5 Nov 2018 News briefs

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

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

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

Ulaanbaatar Declaration calls for greater accountability on disaster losses in Asia

The Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction closed today with the adoption of the Ulaanbataar Declaration, agreement on a two year plan of action and the news that Australia will host the next Conference in 2020.

6 Jul 2018 Press release

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

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

Tsunamis teach importance of inclusion

Mongolia may be landlocked but yesterday Ulaanbaatar was home to a special session on tsunami awareness at the Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction.

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

Afghanistan embraces Sendai Framework

The Afghan delegation attending the Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction today revealed their plans to have a National Platform for DRR in place later this year.

2 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

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