Overview

UNDRR’s New York liaison office (NYLO) provides policy advice and support to Member and Observer States and other stakeholders, engages closely with the office of the Secretary-General and coordinates the UN system to advance disaster risk reduction and Sendai Framework  implementation.

NYLO promotes policy coherence across disaster risk reduction, climate action and sustainable development through intergovernmental deliberations and policy decisions taken at the General Assembly and ECOSOC. NYLO ensures DRR integration in the major inter-governmental agreements, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the SDGs and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, to ensure their implementation benefits from and contributes to reducing disaster risk.

Speeches

Participants in the COVID-19 "Towards Resilience of Cities" webinar
The urban experience of COVID-19 is “a trigger for us to re-examine the meaning of local resilience,” said Mami Mizutori, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction in a webinar with cities and local government
Group Photo with ARISE Japan members
KOBE – The Private Sector Alliance for Disaster Resilient Societies (ARISE) is a network of private sector entities working in partnership with the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) to substantially reduce disaster mortality based
La importancia de preparación en las ciudades.
Some 95% of COVID-19 cases have come from urban areas. Pandemic preparedness in cities and towns is more urgent than ever for reducing disaster risk, particularly in challenging situations where disease outbreaks could coincide with an extreme weather
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Official statement on "Sustaining efforts to ensure access to sustainable energy" by the Secretary-General's Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, Mami Mizutori, to the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, July 8, 2020
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Statement by the Secretary-General's Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction to the High-Level Politcal Forum on Sustainable Development on Water-related Disaster Risk Reduction under the COVID-19 Pandemic At the outset, I would like to express
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A webinar on “Community-based disaster risk reduction approaches in the context of COVID-19 in Africa” was co-organized by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction Regional Office for Africa and the Global Network of Civil Society Organisations for
The speakers in the webinar
BANGKOK - Recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic is presenting Thailand, the Republic of Korea and other countries in Asia-Pacific with opportunities to ‘build back better’ and to chart greener and more digitally connected economies, as long as public health
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The European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction (EFDRR) serves as forum for exchange at the regional level. The triennial EFDRR is the foremost multi-stakeholder mechanism in the region bringing together governments, the UN, Private Sector and
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Almost three months after the COVID-19 pandemic hit the Americas and the Caribbean, data is showing how deeply the private sector has been affected, as some businesses are being forced to close while others are struggling to continue operating due to
Mami Mizutori, UNDRR head, with the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres
Changing the Trajectory: Integrated Resilience Thinking and COVID-19 Recovery Towards 1.5°C 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM, 15 June 2020 Co-hosted by the Chair of the AOSIS Group, the Chair of UNFCCC LDC Group, and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red

UN Resolutions

News and events

Mami Mizutori with five young representatives from the High School Student Summit and Marc McDonald from the AARP Foundation at the Intergenerational Dialogue.
More than 150 government representatives, members of academia and young participants from the 2019 Japan World Tsunami Awareness Day High School Summit commemorated World Tsunami Awareness Day on 5 November at the United Nations Headquarters, New York and discussed innovative solutions to reduce tsunami risks.
Prakash Javadekar, India’s Minister for Environment and Climate Change (centre), Matthew Rycroft, permanent Secretary for the UK Department for International Development (left) and Mami Mizutori, Head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction at the coalition event in New York.
The UK, Japan and Bhutan announced that they have joined the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure, following its launch this week by the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi.
Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, launches the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure at the UN Climate Action Summit
The Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, Mami Mizutori, welcomed the launch of the global Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure by the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, at the UN Climate Action Summit in New York.
A day after millions of young people globally marched and rallied for urgent climate action, young leaders brought their message to the ministers and leaders, both at the dedicated youth event and later, at the Climate Action Summit.
The Stop Disasters Game encourages thinking about preparedness and emergency planning
School 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 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, an upgraded version of the educational game Stop Disasters was also launched.
Question time at yesterday's side event on disaster risk reduction at the High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development
A side event at the High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, heard reports back from the recent series of regional meetings on disaster risk reduction and highlighted the importance of DRR to achieving the SDGs.
Petra Nemcova receiving her award at the Japan Society in New York (Photo: UN)
Czech model and entrepreneur Petra Nemcova was yesterday officially recognized by Robert Glasser, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction as World Tsunami Awareness Advocate in a ceremony held at the Japan Society in New York.
Ambassador Cristián Barros Melet of Chile introduces the resolution at the United Nations General Assembly (Photo: UNISDR)
The United Nations General Assembly today adopted a resolution containing indicators for measuring global progress in reducing disaster losses.
Raising public awareness of disaster risk reduction: UNISDR's Neil McFarlane (centre) with presenters Paula-Anne Porter Jones (left) and Alan Magnus (right) at Radio Jamaica RJR 94FM
The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) has called on governments, businesses and communities in island nations to work together to curb the impact of hazards stoked by climate change.
Tsunami survivors and campaigners Ms. Petra Nemcova (right) and Mr. Tomas Alvarez Belon (left), with Mr. Neil McFarlane of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (Photo: UNISDR)
One is a Czech model-turned-activist, and the other a student who hails from Spain. Their lives changed forever on 26 December 2004, when they were caught up in the tragedy of the Indian Ocean Tsunami. Both have become tireless campaigners for disaster risk reduction.