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16 Oct 2018 description

By Rahul Sengupta

Bonn, 12 October 2018 – A number of partners have expressed the need for a common platform for reporting regional progress through the online Sendai Framework monitoring system.

The call came at a recent meeting, organized by UNISDR with the support from the Government of Germany, to bring together the major regional Inter-Governmental Organizations (IGOs) working on disaster risk reduction from across the world and select Member States to share their national perspectives.

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.

21 Sep 2018 description

By Vanessa Buchot

14 September 2018, Nairobi – The Government of Kenya has initiated a reform programme to improve the country's capacity to reduce disaster risks and mitigate the socioeconomic and fiscal impact of disasters.

19 Sep 2018 description

19 September 2018, Nairobi – City leaders in Africa have shared some of the successes of inclusive disaster risk reduction strategies, particularly focusing on community engagement and action at the local level.

In Yaoundé VI, as explained the Mayor, Yoki Onana Jacques, “The involvement of multi-stakeholders has yielded incredible outcomes that have promoted synergy between the mayor’s office and stakeholders.

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.

03 Sep 2018 description

By Marco Masabo and Vanessa Buchot

31 August 2018, Luanda – Angola has officially presented its National Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction to an eager audience in the capital Luanda.

30 Aug 2018 description

By Jeanette Elsworth

30 August 2018, GENEVA – According to reports, Puerto Rico’s governor, Ricardo Rosselló, has said that the island could have been better prepared for Hurricane Maria, which hit almost one year ago.

Mr Rosselló made the comments to journalists following the announcement that the official death toll had been revised from 64 to 2,975 following efforts by activists and journalists to demonstrate that the impact had been far greater than originally anticipated.

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).

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.