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17 Aug 2018 description

CIUDAD DE PANAMÁ, PANAMÁ 16 de agosto del 2018 — Durante el jueves 16 y viernes 17 de agosto de 2018, se desarrolla la segunda reunión regional de consulta para la definición del Plan Regional de Reducción del Riesgo de Desastres en América Central (PRRD), con el objetivo de hacer una revisión al documento borrador que incorpora la definición de indicadores, actividades regionales y mecanismos de monitoreo, este proceso posibilita su conciliación con la Política Centroamericana de Gestión Integral de Riesgo de Desastres armonizada con el Marco de Sendai para la Reducción …

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.

26 Jul 2018 description

By Ragy Saro

Nouakchott, 26 July 2018 – Five cities from Mauritania have completed disaster risk resilience assessments and have started drafting people-centred city action plans in line with the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction – the global plan for reducing losses from disasters.

The news came as local government delegates and representatives from across Mauritania came together in efforts to enhance their communities’ human security through localizing disaster risk reduction.

25 Jul 2018 description

GENEVA, 25 July 2018 – The Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, Mami Mizutori, today expressed her condolences to Greece for the tragic loss of life in this week’s fires.

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?”

13 Jul 2018 description

GENEVA, 13 July 2018 – The UN Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, Mami Mizutori, today extended her condolences to the Government and people of Japan on the large loss of life suffered in recent days following rain and landslides.

Ms. Mizutori said: “I extend my deepest sympathy to the Government and people of Japan on the loss of life and severe damage to homes and other infrastructure in this tragic disaster which reveals once more the challenges of managing disaster risk in an age of frequent extreme weather events amplified by the effects of climate change.

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.

06 Jul 2018 description
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Ulaanbaatar Declaration

6 July, 2018, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia: The Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction closed today with participating governments issuing the Ulaanbaatar Declaration which calls for greater accountability for disaster losses in Asia, the world’s most disaster-prone region.

The Ulaanbaatar Declaration was adopted, and a two-year Action Plan agreed, to accelerate implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction in Asia. The Sendai Framework is the global plan adopted by UN member states in 2015 to reduce disaster losses.

06 Jul 2018 description

By Patrick Fuller

ULAANBAATAR, 6 July, 2018 - Five local leaders from across Asia and the Pacific have been recognised for their inspirational work in driving disaster risk reduction in their communities.

They were presented with awards at an event last night organised by the Asian Local Leaders Forum for Disaster Resilience (ALL4DR) at the Asian Ministerial Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction.

05 Jul 2018 description

CEO of the Queensland Reconstruction Authority, Brendan Moon, explains the value of investing in disaster resilient infrastructure

05 Jul 2018 description

By Denis McClean

ULAANBAATAR, 5 July, 2018 - You know what to expect if you live in a place called Dhemaji which translates as “playground of floods.”

Dalimiya lives there in northern Assam, India, which is hit every year by floods and the main concern of her family is how to protect their cattle and geese on which they depend for a living.

She is just one of 800 million people around the globe that live on less than $2 a day who often depend on a good local strategy for reducing the risk of losing their livelihood in a storm or a flood.

05 Jul 2018 description

By Patrick Fuller

ULAANBATAAR, 5 July, 2018 - The role that safety nets and social protection programmes can play in reducing disaster risk features prominently on the agenda of the 2018 Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) this week.

A panel comprised of development and humanitarian actors, with senior representatives of the disaster management authorities from Mongolia and Pakistan, put forward a convincing case for greater investment in social protection policies and programmes.

04 Jul 2018 description

By Andy McElroy

ULAANBAATAR, 4 July 2018 – Vulnerable people are an untapped resource of wisdom, capacity and commitment to tsunami, and overall disaster resilience.

This was the resounding conclusion of a Special Session ‘Leave no one behind: Promoting inclusion in tsunami risk management’ at the Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction today.