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28 May 2017 description

Amman, Jordan: The Regional Food Security Analysis Network (RFSAN) has recently delivered a series of introductory food security trainings in Jordan to government employees from 15-22 May 2017, with the support of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Representation in Jordan, and the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA).

The participants included various staff members from the MoA and Department of Statistics (DoS).

27 May 2017 description
report UN Radio

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La Plate-forme mondiale pour la réduction des risques de catastrophe a débuté jeudi dans la ville de Cancun, au Mexique, où 6.000 délégués de 189 pays participent à une série de réunions de travail pour faire progresser la réduction des risques de catastrophe.

27 May 2017 description

Bern, 26.05.2017 - Natural disasters and climate-related risks threaten to reverse hard-won gains in development. These and other challenges were the focal point of the fifth session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, which took place from 22 to 26 May 2017 in Cancún, Mexico. At the conference, Switzerland appealed for closer cooperation in the fields of disaster risk reduction, climate change and development cooperation.

27 May 2017 description
report World Bank

After Ebola and Zika, Most Countries Still Not Prepared for a Pandemic

New report outlines how to break the cycle of ‘panic and neglect’ and finance country-level pandemic preparedness

27 May 2017 description

By Denis McClean

CANCUN, 26 May, 2017 - The Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction closed today with a call for accelerated efforts to ensure all countries systematically account for disaster losses by 2020, the deadline set out in the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction for all countries to have strategies in place to reduce disaster losses.

26 May 2017 description

By Jonathan Fowler

CANCUN, Mexico, 26 May 2017 – Countries around the world need to focus on women if they are to achieve the aims of a 15-year agreement to curb hazard impacts, according to delegates at the 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction.

The Global Platform, hosted by the Mexican government, has drawn thousands of delegates who are assessing efforts to implement the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, adopted at a UN conference in 2015.

26 May 2017 description

By Andy McElroy

CANCUN, Mexico, 26 May 2017 – Cultural heritage and indigenous knowledge are key resources of community and national disaster resilience across the world.

However, much of this heritage and knowledge is being lost to both sudden and slow-onset disasters, weakening the resilience capacity of future generations.

To reverse the trend, a session at the 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction has made a series of recommendations to strengthen investment in such ‘human infrastructure’.

26 May 2017 description

by Sophie Hares | @SophieHares | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Friday, 26 May 2017 08:25 GMT

"But the underlying issue is the money - our public resources are not sufficient to address these climatic issues"

By Sophie Hares

CANCUN, Mexico, May 26 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The Pacific island nation of Kiribati is in dire need of aid as drought pushes it closer to declaring a state of emergency and it struggles with rising seas and other effects of climate change which could cost "billions", said President Taneti Mamau.

26 May 2017 description

By Jonathan Fowler

CANCUN, Mexico, 26 May 2017 – Data is a vital raw material if countries are to meet the aims of an international agreement on lowering hazard threats, the 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction heard today, as a new monitoring report underscored what needs to be done.

26 May 2017 description

Open-source technology is putting vulnerable communities on the map for the first time – and it could save lives.

On a recent visit to Mixco, Guatemala, the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) and students from George Washington University (GWU) mapped communities using nothing more than open-source platforms and the GPS in their smartphones.

26 May 2017 description
  • La inteligencia de datos aplicada al sistema humanitario está generando una revolución en la eficiencia, la capacidad analítica y la sostenibilidad de los programas.

  • El Comité Científico Internacional de Acción contra el Hambre acaba de reunirse en Madrid para marcar una hoja de ruta de investigación que permita generar evidencias y transformarlas en conocimiento para reducir la desnutrición.

26 May 2017 description

By Andrew McElroy

CANCUN, Mexico, 25 May 2017 – It may look like a gadget to many but this robot is a shining example of inclusive technology for disaster risk reduction.

The telepresence robot known as Double enabled the wisdom of 11 persons living with disability participating from the other side of the world in Bangladesh to be shared at the 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction.

26 May 2017 description


A key challenge faced by humanitarian agencies is how to ensure that limited available resources are allocated where they are most needed and are efficiently delivered in a principled manner. Decisions to allocate resources must strike a balance between meeting the immediate needs of crisis affected communities and supporting efforts to strengthen resilience and response preparedness to future emergencies.

26 May 2017 description
report AlterPresse

P-au-P, 25 mai 2017 [AlterPresse] --- Un nouveau bâtiment hydrométéorologique sera inauguré, par les autorités haïtiennes, le vendredi 26 mai 2017, dans la perspective d’améliorer les services d’alerte et de prévention des risques de catastrophes naturelles.

Ce bâtiment permettrait de contribuer à la réduction des pertes en vies humaines et des dommages matériels en Haïti, selon une note de presse datée du mercredi 24 mai 2017 du secrétariat de l’Organisation météorologique mondiale (Omm) et transmise à l’agence en ligne AlterPresse.

26 May 2017 description

By Jonathan Fowler

CANCUN, Mexico, 25 May 2017 – The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction today launched a landmark interactive atlas that exposes the hidden threats posed by natural hazards in national economies and countries’ urban centres.

The Global Assessment Report Risk Atlas (GAR Atlas), released at the 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, builds on a multi-year effort by a consortium of leading scientific institutions coordinated by UNISDR, and provides a global vision of where and how disaster risk can undermine development.

26 May 2017 description

Emergency Appeal Final Report n° MDRSV010

Date of issue: 25 May 2017

Disaster date: 2013 to 2016

Operation start date: 3 March 2016

(operation ended 28 February 2017)

Summary of modifications made to the emergency plan of action:

26 May 2017 description
report India Water Portal

Authored by Safeena Wani

Wetlands play a major role in the sustenance of lives and livelihoods in Kashmir. Urbanisation, however, spells doom for the "paradise on earth".

26 May 2017 description
report ACT Alliance

The Karamojong region in northeastern Uganda is the most marginalized and vulnerable region in the country. Home to cattle-herding nomads, Karamojong has been trapped in a cycle of conflict for generations as warriors have battled the government—and each other—for cattle and survival. Droughts have increased in severity and frequency over the years, leading to chronic food insecurity and widespread economic hardships in the region, just like in many other districts in the arid and semi-arid areas of the country.

26 May 2017 description

By Andy McElroy

CANCUN, Mexico, 25 May 2017 – The 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction today urged countries and cities to develop clear, aligned, integrated and supported DRR strategies in order to move forward on the Sendai Framework.

Such national and local government strategies require dedicated budgetary support with a particular focus at the municipal level to empower and resource DRR at the frontline.