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20 Oct 2017 description

QUITO, Ecuador, 18 de Octubre de 2017 – En el marco del Encuentro Internacional "Quito a un año de Hábitat III", se llevó a cabo la presentación y entrega del Plan Metropolitano de Gestión de Reducción del Riesgo de Desastres de la Ciudad de Quito "Quito Listo" elaborado por la Secretaría General de Seguridad y Gobernabilidad de Quito con el apoyo de la Oficina de las Naciones Unidas para la Reducción del Riesgo de Desastres (UNISDR).

18 Oct 2017 description

By Evelyne Karanja

Nairobi, Kenya, 18 October 2017 - The African Union has announced plans to increase the number of member States with national disaster loss data bases and to put a training programme in place in preparation for the roll-out next year of the Sendai Monitor, the UNISDR-backed mechanism for measuring progress in reducing disaster losses.

17 Oct 2017 description

UNISDR 2017/16

BONN, 17 October 2017 – The UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, Mr. Robert Glasser, today announced that next year will see the start of worldwide monitoring of disaster losses from extreme weather events and earthquakes through the Bonn office of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR).

17 Oct 2017 description

Millions of lives have been shattered this year by drought, storms, earthquakes, landslides and heatwaves. Last weekend, I witnessed first-hand the dramatic levels of devastation caused by severe hurricanes in the Caribbean.

An average of 24 million people are pushed into poverty every year by disasters. Many millions are forced to leave their homes. If vulnerable countries are in a constant struggle to rebuild and recover after catastrophic events, we will never achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

17 Oct 2017 description

NADI, Fiji, 17 October 2017 – The Prime Minister of Fiji and the incoming COP23 President, Mr. Vorege Bainone, is hosting a pre-COP23 meeting to galvanise action on climate change and disaster risk.

“We have the power and the means to bring the Paris Agreement on Climate Change to life, so let’s do it,” Prime Minister Bainimarama said. “We are all vulnerable and in this together and as such we need to act as one.”

16 Oct 2017 description

By David Singh

GENEVA, 16 October 2017 - “World hunger is on the rise and the estimated number of undernourished people has increased from 777 million in 2015 to 815 million in 2016”, according to Ms. Carolyn Rodrigues Birkett Director, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) - Liaison Office in Geneva.

16 Oct 2017 description

From Commitment to Action

A. Introduction

  1. The Fifth Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction took place from 24 to 26 May 2017 in Cancún, Mexico. It was chaired by H.E. Mr. Enrique Peña Nieto, the President of the United Mexican States, with the participation of H.E.

15 Oct 2017 description

Éditorial d’Achim Steiner, Patricia Espinosa et Robert Glasser

De Miami à Porto Rico, en passant par La Barbade et La Havane, les ravages de la saison des ouragans dans toute l’Amérique latine et les Caraïbes ont sonné comme un rappel du fait que les effets du changement climatique ne connaissent pas de frontières.

14 Oct 2017 description

International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction - Joint op-ed By Achim Steiner, Patricia Espinosa and Robert Glasser

From Miami and Puerto Rico to Barbuda and Havana, the devastation of this year’s hurricane season across Latin America and the Caribbean serves as a reminder that the impacts of climate change know no borders.

13 Oct 2017 description

GENEVA, 13 October 2017 - The United Nations today launched new guidelines to encourage more countries to undertake national disaster risk assessments and to link them closely with policy and investment processes in order to take better preventive action to reduce disaster deaths and the soaring numbers of people displaced every year by floods, storms, drought and earthquakes.

The Guidelines for National Disaster Risk Assessment are being launched today on International Day for Disaster Reduction which is celebrated worldwide on October 13 every year.

13 Oct 2017 description

13 October 2017 – Private sector representatives from key American companies met yesterday in Miami, Florida, to start a US network of a UN-backed global initiative to create greater understanding of disaster risk in the business community, to safeguard future investments and reduce economic losses from disasters.

13 Oct 2017 description

Ginebra, 13 de Octubre 2017 – Los hallazgos de la investigación publicados hoy para el Día Internacional para la Reducción de Desastres pronostican un aumento continuo de las personas dejadas sin hogar entre los habitantes de los países más propensos a desastres, a menos que se logre un progreso significativo en la gestión del riesgo de desastres.

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.

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.

12 Oct 2017 description

Geneva, 12 October 2017 - Following the devastation wrought on his Caribbean island home by Hurricane Maria, the Prime Minister of Dominica, Mr. Roosevelt Skerrit, is calling on the world not “to turn its back” on the problem of climate change and for greater investment in disaster risk reduction.

10 Oct 2017 description

By David Singh

Geneva, 10 October 2017- A new report by UN Secretary-General, Mr. António Guterres, on the Implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction warns that disasters are plunging an additional 26 million people into poverty each year, with annual average loss in less developed countries accounting for more than 20 per cent equivalent of social expenditure.

06 Oct 2017 description

By Brigitte Leoni

Geneva, Switzerland, 6 October, 2017 - Earthquakes and tsunami may be rare events in Switzerland but they can happen. In 563, a mudslide triggered a tsunami in Lac Leman (Geneva's lake) creating waves which reached around 8 meters in Geneva and 13 meters in Lausanne.

Switzerland suffered its most devastating earthquake in Basel in October 1356 which has been measured at 6.6 on the Richter scale. The earthquake destroyed the city of Basel and caused much destruction in a vast region extending into France and Germany.

05 Oct 2017 description

Ginebra, 26 de septiembre de 2017. El día de hoy, el Sr. Robert Glasser, Representante Especial del Secretario General de las Naciones Unidas para la Reducción del Riesgo de Desastres, expresó sus más sinceras condolencias al pueblo y al gobierno de México por el terremoto ocurrido el pasado 19 de septiembre.

05 Oct 2017 description

SUVA, 05 October 2017 – The 2017 Joint Pacific Platform for Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change Roundtable today committed “to amplify efforts” towards an all-of-society approach that builds disaster and climate resilience across this huge maritime region.

In its Outcome Statement, the joint platform/roundtable called for the “full participation” of vulnerable and marginalized groups – including women, youth, children, persons with disability, and the elderly – to build resilience.