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12 Oct 2018 description

By Denis McClean

TUNIS, 12 October, 2018 - The increasing overlap between disaster and conflict situations came under scrutiny today at a lively special session of the Africa-Arab States Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction.

The current threat of a cyclone off the coast of Yemen, home to the world’s worst humanitarian emergency, was cited during the Special Session on DRR in a Fragile and Conflict Context.

12 Oct 2018 description

TUNIS, October 12, 2018 - Women often suffer greatly in disaster situations but are also first-line responders, a debate on the eve of International Day for Disaster Reduction, was told today by an expert from UN Women.

More needs to be done to protect women’s rights in disasters and to enable them to make a greater contribution to disaster risk management, said Dr. Jean D’Çunha, of UN WOMEN Arab States, at the Africa-Arab States Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction.

12 Oct 2018 description

This Words into Action guide has been prepared to support the implementation of the Sendai Framework. It aims to raise awareness on the importance of river basin management and transboundary cooperation in DRR, while taking into account climate change adaptation. It provides information on steps that governments in particular at the different levels can take to harness the values of river basin management and transboundary cooperation together with good practices and lessons learned in this field. Disaster Risk Management (DRM) in this guide is considered as the implementation of DRR.

11 Oct 2018 description

By Jeanette Elsworth

11 October 2018, Bali - Mami Mizutori, Head of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), has called on ministers of finance around the world to incentivize the private sector to commit to risk-informed investment and practice.

11 Oct 2018 description

By Denis McClean

TUNIS, 11 October, 2018 - The focus at the opening today of the first-ever joint Africa-Arab Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction was on moving to action on reducing disaster risk and disaster losses across the two regions.

Representatives from over 60 countries packed the auditorium to hear UNISDR Director, Kirsi Madi, deliver the keynote address.

10 Oct 2018 description

UN 20-year review: earthquakes and tsunamis kill more people while climate change is driving up economic losses

01 Oct 2018 description

GENEVA, 1 October 2018 – The Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, Mami Mizutori, today extended her condolences to the people and Government of Indonesia on the tragic loss of life and the injuries incurred as a result of the 7.5 earthquake and tsunami which struck Sulawesi on Friday.

26 Sep 2018 description

Bonn, 26 September 2018 – Efforts to improve collection of data on disaster losses are being stepped up by UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR).

Key to these efforts is improved understanding and use of the online Sendai Framework Monitor (SFM), launched in March, to monitor progress on implementing the global plan to reduce disaster losses by 2030, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

18 Sep 2018 description

GENEVA, 18 September 2018 – This year will probably go down as one of the hottest years on record and is turning out to be another remarkable year for extreme weather events.

Record temperatures, heatwaves, storms, floods, drought and heavy rainfall have been evident across the globe. Following earlier catastrophes this year, notably wildfires in north America and Europe, widespread flooding in India, flooding and landslides in Japan, we are now experiencing floods and storms which are disrupting the lives of millions across the Americas, Africa and Asia.

23 Aug 2018 description

By Sarah Wade-Apicella

22 August 2018, Incheon – Tunisia, Egypt and Jordan are in advanced stages of disaster risk reduction strategy development and contributing significantly to the achievement of Target E of the Sendai Framework; to increase the number of countries with national and local disaster reduction plans.

22 Aug 2018 description

CIUDAD DE PANAMÁ, PANAMÁ, 21 de agosto de 2018 - Del 21 al 23 de agosto en la Ciudad de Guatemala, se lleva a cabo el desarrollo de dos talleres de elaboración de planes empresariales de continuidad de negocios con enfoque de reducción del riesgo de desastres impartidos por Acción contra el Hambre y la Oficina de Naciones Unidas para la Reducción del Riesgo de Desastres (UNISDR) con el apoyo del Centro para la Acción de la Responsabilidad Social Empresarial en Guatemala (CentraRSE).

27 Jul 2018 description

GENEVA, 27 July, 2018 - The business professional who pioneered the Disaster Resilience Scorecard for Cities has been elected as the new co-chair of ARISE, the UNISDR private sector partnership.

Dale Sands of MD Sands Consulting Solutions will serve for two years as ARISE co-chair alongside Mami Mizutori, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, and he brings a wealth of experience in studying urban resilience to his new role.

23 Jul 2018 description

GENEVA, 23 July 2018 – The soaring rise in economic losses from extreme weather events fueled by climate change will be the focus of this year’s International Day for Disaster Reduction on October 13.

The Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, Mami Mizutori, said today: “Economic losses from disasters in low and middle-income countries are undermining efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and deprive governments of funds to spend on health, education, social protection and other important public needs.

19 Jul 2018 description

By Jeanette Elsworth

NEW YORK, 19 July 2018 – The Sendai Framework Monitor, launched by UNISDR in March this year, received a ringing endorsement at the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) for Sustainable Development which concluded this week.

The online tool, launched in March by UNISDR, benchmarks progress on reducing disaster losses and meeting the seven targets of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the global plan adopted in 2015 by UN Member States.

18 Jul 2018 description

Mami Mizutori
Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction and Head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction

If there was a SDG18 it might well coalesce around the concept of ‘Resilience for All.’

As it is, the concept of resilience is fundamental to achieving all of the SDGs, seeking as they do to strengthen people’s ability to survive, cope and thrive on this planet.

17 Jul 2018 description

By Jeanette Elsworth

NEW YORK, 17 July, 2018 – Making resilience profitable is key to ensuring that private sector investments contribute to more resilient development, according to a leading figure in US industry.

Speaking at a panel discussion co-hosted by the Permanent Missions of Armenia, Colombia, Mongolia, Switzerland and UNISDR, the former CEO of Titan America, Mr Aris Papadopoulos said: “Our economic system still rewards vulnerable assets,” he said. “What do we need to do to reward resilient development instead?”

10 Jul 2018 description

By Denis McClean

GENEVA, 10 July, 2018 - Australia will host the Asia Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) for the first time in 2020 and anticipates a focus on the Pacific and the work of Australia’s recently announced National Resilience Taskforce.

The news was announced by Australia’s Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells at the closing ceremony of the 2018 AMCDRR in Ulaanbaatar last week.

09 Jul 2018 description

By Patrick Fuller

ULAANBAATAR, 9 July, 2018 - Climate change and its influence on extreme temperatures captured the attention at the closing ceremony of the Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) last Friday.

Extreme heat and extreme cold were the subjects of the two winning entries in the UNISDR Video Competition. The competition theme was “Preventing Disaster Risk: Protecting Sustainable Development”.

09 Jul 2018 description

By Denis McClean

GENEVA, 9 July, 2018 - Ministers and civil servants from across Asia and the Pacific are back at their desks this week with a fresh mandate to accelerate action on reducing disaster losses and disaster displacement as extreme weather continues across the region.

The importance of the outcomes of the Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR2018) have been underlined by the evacuation of millions of people in Japan over the weekend to escape flooding and landslides which have claimed over 100 lives to date.