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17 Dec 2018 description

GENEVA, 17 December, 2018 – The UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, Mami Mizutori, today welcomed the outcome of the COP24 climate change conference and the continued commitment of UN Member States to implement the Paris Agreement.

14 Dec 2018 description

By Omar Amach

13 December 2018, Bangkok – As disaster losses increase throughout Asia and the Pacific, countries in the region need to accelerate action to reduce disaster risks and achieve the goals of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. This was a key message at the ISDR-Asia Partnership Forum, a two-day gathering of 100 delegates from 20 governments, intergovernmental organizations, stakeholder groups, the United Nations and international organizations, organized by UNISDR Asia Pacific Office.

11 Dec 2018 description

by Mami Mizutori | UNISDR

  • Any views expressed in this article are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters Foundation.

There is no economic loss data for 63 percent of the disasters recorded over the last 20 years

“It’s the economic loss, stupid!”

06 Dec 2018 description

By Denis McClean

GENEVA, 6 December, 2018 - The Philippines is emerging as a role model for engaging the private sector in building resilience to disasters under the leadership of Hans Sy, the executive chairman of SM Prime Holdings Inc.

Mr. Sy announced last week the launch of SM Prime’s Business Continuity Program Facility which targets small and medium size enterprises exposed to business disruption following a disaster.

05 Dec 2018 description

By Jeanette Elsworth

Geneva, 4 December 2018 – The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) has launched a new mechanism for engaging with partners in implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

The mechanism, which recognizes the need for a multi-sectoral approach to disaster risk reduction, was launched at a partners meeting held in UNISDR’s headquarters in Geneva.

04 Dec 2018 description

GENEVA, 4 December, 2018 – The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) today launched the Implementation Guide for Man-made and Technical Hazards in response to the growing number and magnitude of man-made disasters worldwide.

23 Nov 2018 description

By Denis McClean

ROME, 23 November, 2018 - The Rome Declaration was adopted today by representatives of 55 countries at the close of the European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction.

The Declaration was read out by Italy’s Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Emanuela Claudia Del Re, at the closing ceremony and spells out the challenges and opportunities facing the region as it seeks to reduce disaster risk and disaster losses.

23 Nov 2018 description

Por: Cementos Mexicanos – CEMEX

Adaptado por: UNISDR – Américas y el Caribe

CIUDAD DE MÉXICO, México, 21 de Noviembre de 2018 - 150 miembros del sector privado de México se adhirieron a la Alianza del Sector Privado para Sociedades Resilientes ante Desastres (ARISE, por sus siglas en inglés), al firmar la Declaración de Cooperación Voluntaria, la cual crea la primera red nacional público-privada para prevenir y mitigar desastres en el país.

23 Nov 2018 description

The Africa-Arab Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction took place from 9-13 October in Tunis, Tunisia under the theme “Towards Disaster Risk Informed and Inclusive Sustainable Development.” The meeting consisted of the 7th Session of the Africa Regional Platform and the 6th High-level Meeting on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), and the 4th Arab Conference on DRR. The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) in collaboration with the League of Arab States (LAS) and the African Union Commission (AUC) organized the meeting which was hosted by the government of Tunisia.

22 Nov 2018 description

By Brigitte Leoni

Mexico City, 21 November 2018. – Companies and businesses in Mexico have created a national Network of the Private Sector Alliance for Disaster Resilient Societies (ARISE) and agreed to work together to build a more resilient Mexico against disasters.

19 Nov 2018 description

This Study sought to review the efforts of the private sector, in the Virgin Islands and Dominica impacted by hurricanes Irma and Maria, in preparing for, responding to and recovering from these events.

The Study provides:

i. An understanding of BCP and business continuity management (BCM) practice in the private sector in BVI and Dominica.

ii. Improved information on resilience, reconstruction and capacity building initiatives of the private sector to inform practice and address gaps.

14 Nov 2018 description

Por: Guadalupe Natareno
UNISDR Las Américas y el Caribe

PANAMÁ, Panamá, 14 de Noviembre de 2018 – Organizaciones humanitarias de 17 países de América Latina y el Caribe que trabajan en preparación ante desastres produjeron el documento "Sistematización de evidencias: la preparación ante los desastres hace la diferencia", el cual recopila 60 casos con 70 temas individuales con el objetivo de evidenciar el impacto positivo de la preparación ante desastres en la región.

13 Nov 2018 description

By Jeanette Elsworth

Barcelona, 11 November 2018 – Members of the Making Cities Resilient Campaign have pledged to step up their efforts on collaboration and knowledge sharing to support more cities in implementing the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the global roadmap for reducing disaster loss.

09 Nov 2018 description

By Jeanette Elsworth

GENEVA, 6 November, 2018 - The German Government has announced strong support for the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the global plan to reduce disaster losses, including €5 million for implementation over the next three years.

Mr. Norbert Barthle, Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), made the announcement during a meeting in Berlin last month with the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, Ms. Mami Mizutori.

06 Nov 2018 description

by Brigitte Leoni

New York, 5 November 2018 – Students attending a World Tsunami Awareness Day Event in New York have called for more educational programmes on disaster risk reduction from an early age.

Twenty students, aged 16 to 18 years, and their teachers from the United Nations International School and Keio Academy discussed ways to be better informed to prevent and deal with disasters at the event organized by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction and the Government of Japan.

06 Nov 2018 description

by Brigitte Leoni

NEW YORK, 6 November, 2018 - There were repeated calls for greater attention to the needs of those most vulnerable in disaster situations, at a high-level event yesterday to mark the 3rd edition of World Tsunami Awareness Day.

02 Nov 2018 description

GENEVA, 2 November 2018 – The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) today called attention to the significant loss of life and economic losses associated with tsunamis, notably for countries bordering the Indian and Pacific Oceans, over the last twenty years.

A review of available data from tsunami events puts these losses at 251,770 deaths and US$280 billion out of recorded economic losses for earthquakes and tsunamis of US$661.5 billion (1998-2017).

31 Oct 2018 description

KYOTO 31 October, 2019 - Earth observation and geospatial data has “huge potential to put risks into context and to make a strong case for disaster risk reduction.”

This was the message delivered yesterday by the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, Mami Mizutori, at the GEO-XV Plenary which was part of GEO Week 2018.