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Tales of resilience scoop film awards

Three films of human resilience in an era of increasing disaster risk and a changing climate have scooped the main prizes at a prestigious awards ceremony. The documentaries – from Vietnam, Indonesia and India – were honoured for their insightful journalism and compelling tales of local innovation at the closing of the Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction 2016.

5 Nov 2016 News briefs

Sendai Framework monitoring by 2020

There was a wide-ranging discussion of indicators to measure progress in reducing disaster losses today at the Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction. Full scale monitoring of the Sendai Framework is due to start in 2020.

4 Nov 2016 News briefs

Challenge of tsunami awareness

A wide ranging Special Session on World Tsunami Awareness Day took place yesterday before today's opening of the Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction. Raising awareness of rare events is challenging.

3 Nov 2016 News briefs

Speech by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to the Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction

"The journey from Sendai continues here in Delhi, where the outcomes of your efforts will influence the disaster risk reduction agenda not just in Asia but in the world at large," UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has told the Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, hosted by India.

3 Nov 2016 Statements & speeches

Embrace the spirit of Sendai, urges India PM

The Prime Minister of India, Mr. Narendra Modi, today urged participants in the Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction “to wholeheartedly embrace the spirit of Sendai, which calls for an all-of-society approach to disaster risk management.”

3 Nov 2016 News briefs

Speech by Robert Glasser at the Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction

In order to achieve a substantial reduction in disaster losses by 2030, there is a clear need to build on Asia’s success in reducing mortality from floods and storms in particular.

3 Nov 2016 Statements & speeches

From Sendai to New Delhi

Over 4,000 delegates, including representatives  from over 40 countries, flocked to the opening today of the Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction which is the region’s first opportunity to review progress on implementing the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the global plan for reducing disaster losses.

3 Nov 2016 News briefs

India hosts Asian Ministerial Conference

The Indian Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, will inaugurate the Asian Ministrial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction tomorrow in New Delhi. It will be the largest such inter-governmental gathering since the adoption of the Sendai Framework in March 2015.

2 Nov 2016 News briefs

Indian businesses to launch DRR fund

A business federation representing more than 250,000 enterprises in the world’s fastest growing major economy today pledged to lead the launch of a fund for private sector innovators to develop sustainable solutions for disaster resilience.

2 Nov 2016 News briefs

Pacific countries step up disaster risk reduction

Pacific countries have pledged to step up efforts to deal with the challenge posed by climate change and the threat of disasters, in order to ensure that their development is sustainable.

26 Oct 2016 News briefs

#IDDR2016: Fiji’s honest appraisal of Cyclone Winston

There were fears of very large loss of life when Fiji was hit in February this year by the first category 5 cyclone in its recorded history, and the strongest ever seen in the southern hemisphere.

10 Oct 2016 News briefs

India evacuates 30,000 in tsunami drill

UNISDR was on hand to observe how today's tsunami drill unfolded in the coastal village of Patisunapur in the Indian state of Odisha.

7 Sep 2016 News briefs

India gets tsunami-ready

India which suffered heavy losses in the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami is one of the leading players in the tsunami drill which gets underway tomorrow in 24 countries.

6 Sep 2016 News briefs

Scientists agree Sendai Framework priorities

The 1st Asian Science and Technology Conference has agreed eight priorities to harness the power of research and technology to support implementation of the Sendai Framework.

25 Aug 2016 News briefs

Record heat "frightening development"

"This is a critical time in the history of the planet when many look to the science and technology community for solutions and guidance;" head of UNISDR tells Asia science conference.

23 Aug 2016 News briefs

BRICS boost for Sendai Framework

Ministers for disaster management from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa concernend over growing level of disaster losses, agree to reduce disaster risk.

23 Aug 2016 News briefs

Reducing risk is key for sustainable urbanization

Reducing the risks posed by natural and man-made hazards will be critical to keep cities around the globe on a sustainable development track, according to delegates preparing the way for the UN’s Habitat III conference on urbanization.

2 Aug 2016 News briefs

Mall giant SM Prime spotlights persons with disabilities, seniors

Key UNISDR private sector partner SM Prime Holdings, Inc., the largest mall operator and developer in the Philippines, has spotlighted the importance of including persons with disabilities and senior citizens in disaster risk reduction efforts.

22 Jul 2016 News briefs

Tajikistan puts Sendai at heart of development

The Deputy Prime Minister of Tajikistan said today his country was committed to a path of sustainable and resilient social and economic development, with the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction at the heart of this driving ambition.

12 Jul 2016 News briefs

Mongolia launches public-private partnership for resilience

Mongolia has launched a new partnership between the public and private sectors to prevent and reduce disaster risks, as the country looks to protect its economic growth and address its changing hazard profile.

9 Jun 2016 News briefs

Disaster risk reduction champion to inspire Asia

India’s UN Champion for Disaster Risk Reduction is confident his country will seize the huge opportunity of building sustainable and resilient development in the world’s second-most populous country.

6 Jun 2016 News briefs

India puts Sendai Framework into operation

The Prime Minister of India, Mr. Narendra Modi, today released the country’s first ever National Disaster Management Plan, a document based on the global blueprint for reducing disaster losses, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

1 Jun 2016 News briefs

Tsunami experts drill to curb Indian Ocean risk

It’s 6:00 am one September day when a powerful undersea earthquake rocks the Makran Trench along the coast of Pakistan and Iran. Minutes later, the tsunami warning centres in India and Indonesia issue simultaneous alerts, followed rapidly by their counterpart in Australia, and authorities across the Indian Ocean swing into action. It's all a test, and a critical component of the region's disaster preparedness.

13 May 2016 News briefs

Asian media back Sendai Framework

The powerful Asia Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) has issued a pledge to support a key priority of the Sendai Framework and to promote a greater understanding of disaster risk among the public with particular focus on vulnerable groups.

13 May 2016 News briefs

Indian Ocean tsunami risk in focus at international meet

Tsunami experts from across the Indian Ocean have gathered in Australia this week to work on ways to improve their ability to ward off a repeat of the tragedy that struck the region in 2004.

10 May 2016 News briefs

Philippine elections trigger disasters debate

Disaster risk reduction is an election issue in one of the world's most disaster-prone countries, the Philippines, which holds presidential, national and local elections on May 9.

6 Apr 2016 News briefs

Resilient private sector showcased in Japan

The role of the private sector in making societies resilient to disasters and ensuring development is sustainable has been spotlighted as part of events commemorating the fifth anniversary of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami.

25 Mar 2016 News briefs

Thai municipalities strive for disaster resilience

Mayors and deputy mayors from 15 municipalities in Thailand have committed to reduce disaster risks and greenhouse gas emissions in order to strengthen the resilience of their cities.

24 Mar 2016 News briefs

Embedding resilience in Australia

Australian businesses are coming together to improve community safety and outcomes following natural disasters in a country that is confronted reguarly by events such as bushfires, floods, cyclones and severe storm activity.

16 Mar 2016 News briefs

Switching to Sendai

This week last year the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction was preparing to adopt the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction on March 18, 2014. The new head of UNISDR, Mr. Robert Glasser, has just paid his first visit to Sendai.

14 Mar 2016 News briefs

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