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15 Dec 2017 description

By Andy McElroy

BANGKOK, 15 December 2017 – Governments and stakeholder partners from across Asia have renewed their commitment to a substantial increase in the number of countries with national and local disaster risk reduction strategies by 2020.

The call for action on Target (e) of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the global plan to reduce disaster losses, was made this week at the ISDR Asia Partnership (IAP), an inter-governmental and stakeholder forum that meets biannually.

13 Oct 2017 description

13 octobre 2017 – Les résultats d’une nouvelle étude publiés à l’occasion de La journée internationale pour la prévention des catastrophes prévoient une augmentation continue du nombre de déplacés parmi les populations des pays les plus vulnérables aux aléas naturels, à moins que des progrès importants ne soient réalisés en faveur d’une meilleure gestion des risques.

13 Oct 2017 description

13 October 2017 – Research findings released today on International Day for Disaster Reduction forecast a continued rise in homelessness among people in the world’s most disaster prone countries unless significant progress is made in managing disaster risk.

An unique modelling exercise based on the latest data covering 204 countries and territories calculates that sudden onset disasters such as floods and cyclones, are displacing on average 13.9 million people each year, excluding those involved in pre-emptive evacuations.

25 May 2016 description

By Denis McClean

ISTANBUL, Turkey, 25 May 2016 - The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction has peppered the speeches of government representatives making commitments at the World Humanitarian Summit which closed yesterday.

In particular, the ten ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations) countries which have been at the centre of some of the world’s worst recent disasters led a debate yesterday on how building resilience to disasters can help reduce the humanitarian burden.

06 Apr 2016 description


This paper aims to fill a conceptual gap, and provide context for considering the rapidly changing characteristics of risk at the local level. In doing so, the paper considers how the notion of the local might be reframed, and the opportunities for multi-scale interventions for disaster risk reduction.

24 Feb 2016 description

By Andy McElroy

CEBU, Philippines, 24 February 2016 – A landmark public-private cross-border partnership in Asia is gathering pace in an effort to protect a multi-billion dollar industry on the frontline of hazard exposure.

Government officials and representatives of the tourism sector from across the region are working together as part of the Hotel Resilient Initiative to develop disaster resilience standards in holiday destinations and resorts.

23 Nov 2015 description


23 November 2015, GENEVA – A new report issued today by the UN, “The Human Cost of Weather Related Disasters”, shows that over the last twenty years, 90% of major disasters have been caused by 6,457 recorded floods, storms, heatwaves, droughts and other weather-related events.

The five countries hit by the highest number of disasters are the United States (472), China (441), India (288), Philippines (274), and Indonesia, (163).

06 Jul 2015 description

By Andy McElroy

DA NANG, Viet Nam, 6 July 2015 – An industry which is literally on the front line of disaster and climate risk is emerging as a leader in efforts to strengthen resilience in one of Viet Nam’s prime tourist destinations.

A string of luxury hotels and resorts along Da Nang’s famous beaches are recognizing the need to strengthen their risk management to address their exposure to hazards such as typhoons, storm surges, coastal erosion, rising sea levels and increasing heatwaves.

18 Jun 2015 description

By Andy McElroy

DA NANG, 18 June 2015 – The Sendai Framework identifies partnership with the private sector as a vital element in global efforts to reduce disaster risk. This strategic and inclusive approach is already a reality in hazard-prone Da Nang, on Viet Nam’s Central Coast.

Over the past four years, the local authorities have put public-private sector cooperation at the heart of their efforts to strengthen the resilience of the port city of one million people.

04 Jun 2015 description

By Brigitte Leoni

BANGKOK, 6 June 2015 - Seventeen of the world’s most disaster-prone countries are meeting this week in Bangkok to discuss how to press forward with implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction across Asia.

There has been lively debate about how to achieve the Sendai Framework’s seven targets with a focus on reducing mortality, numbers of people affected, economic losses, damage to critical infrastructure and improving early warning systems.

13 Oct 2014 description

By Denis McClean

GENEVA, October 13, 2014 - A tsunami of 4.5 million tweets rolled out across the world today in support of the 25th International Day for Disaster Reduction as UNISDR and HelpAge International joined forces to launch Charter 14 for Older Persons in Disaster Risk Reduction.

10 Jan 2014 description

By Andy McElroy

GENEVA, 10 January 2014 – UNISDR’s Local Government Self-Assessment Tool (LGSAT) is an effective tool to assess a city’s institutional capacity to build resilience, a new report has found.

The study said the LGSAT opened up dialogue and enabled the establishment of baseline data for the Ten Essentials of UNISDR’s Making Cities Resilient Campaign “that can be used to track progress as the cities continue to build disaster and climate resilience”.

23 Oct 2012 description

Asian children want greater involvement in disaster risk reduction

YOGYAKARTA, 24 October 2012 - Governments across Asia must involve children when they plan and implement projects to help disaster-prone communities mitigate risks and the impact, youth participants at a regional ministerial meeting said.

The young representatives said children must be engaged as active agents of change in their communities, instead of being seen as helpless victims.

23 Oct 2012 description
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UN report finds disasters taking heavy toll on economic development in Asia-Pacific

YOGYAKARTA, INDONESIA, 23 October 2012 - A UN Report released today at the opening of the Fifth Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk reduction shows that Asia and the Pacific is paying a huge price for extreme weather events which are now impacting negatively on the continent's economic development.

21 Oct 2012 description

BANGKOK, 19 October 2012 - More than 1,200 participants including 49 Government Ministers and high level delegates from Asia will gather next Tuesday in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, at the Fifth Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) where the devastating consequences of disaster losses across the region will be top of the agenda.

02 Jul 2012 description

Sendai, Japan, 2 July 2012 - The UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative, Margareta Wahlström, today called on Information and Technology firms to help save lives and protect assets in vulnerable communities by offering greater support to early warning systems and disaster risk management.

30 Apr 2012 description

This monthly newsletter highlights UNISDR activities around the world.

20 Apr 2012 description

By Hang Thi Thanh Pham

HANOI, 20 April 2012 - Wrapping up a five-day visit to Viet Nam, Margareta Wahlström, the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, commended the Government on its Community-based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM) Programme and new National Climate Change Strategy.

17 Apr 2012 description

By Hang Thi Thanh Pham

HO CHI MINH, 17 April 2012 - UNISDR Chief, Margareta Wahlström, today visited parts of Vietnam's Mekong Delta which were affected by storm surges last October and are most vulnerable to rising sea levels caused by climate change.

14 Nov 2011 description

GENEVA, 14 November 2011 – Seeking new ways to strengthen community resilience, city officials from Thailand and Viet Nam today began a two-day exchange with counterparts in the Philippines to examine the award-winning “Purok system” used by the city of San Francisco, Philippines, to empower ordinary people to find solutions for disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation.