Overview

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

The NYLO promotes policy coherence across disaster risk reduction, climate action, sustainable development, and financing for development through intergovernmental deliberations and policy decisions taken at the General Assembly and ECOSOC.  

This includes promoting DRR integration and coherence with the Sendai Framework in the implementation of major intergovernmental agreements, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda on Financing for Development, the Paris Agreement on climate change, the Istanbul Programme of Action for Least Developed Countries, the Vienna Programme of Action for Landlocked Developing Countries and the Samoa Pathway for Small Island Developing States, to ensure their implementation benefits from and contributes to reducing disaster risk. 

Speeches

Winter Academy for Early Warning Experts
On 25 November 2021, a four-day Training Academy on disaster risk reduction and early warning systems took place. Experts responsible for disaster risk management and meteorological/hydrological services from IGAD, IGAD Member States, Southern Africa Development Community (SADC), as well as Malawi, Mozambique and the Republic of Tanzania participated.
IGAD Climate Prediction and Application Centre African Union Commission Centro Internazionale in Monitoraggio Ambientale United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Africa
myDEWETRA platform
On 23 November 2021, an exit workshop was held on the Government of Italy funded project on “Disaster Risk Reduction Capacity Building in Ethiopia”. Experts gathered to share main outcomes, exchange experience, and discuss the way forward.
Ethiopia - government Italian Agency for Development Cooperation Centro Internazionale in Monitoraggio Ambientale United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Africa International Institute for Environment and Development
EFDRR in Matosinhos Portugal 25 November 2021
Governments across Europe and Central Asia have backed a roadmap towards preventing future disasters including new pandemics in the face of growing threats from climate change and disease outbreaks.
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Europe & Central Asia
Map with people, buildings and pin pointers
The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) launched a new report this week to support small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in being disaster-ready.
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction
7th High-level Meeting for DRR
On 19 November 2021, the Seventh High-level Meeting for Disaster Risk Reduction was held in Nairobi, Kenya in hybrid format. Ministers and Delegates from Member States in Africa adopted the Nairobi Declaration and the matrix of the Programme of Action for the implementation of Sendai Framework in Africa (2021-2025). These were the main outcomes of the Eighth Africa Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (AfRP) that was held from 16-18 November.
Kenya - government Intergovernmental Authority on Development African Union Commission United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Africa
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Barcelona, Greater Manchester, Helsingborg and Milan comprise four of the first six cities awarded as global Making Cities Resilient 2030 Resilience Hubs for climate and disaster risk reduction.
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Europe & Central Asia
Opening ceremoney
On 17 November 2021, the Government of Republic of Kenya officially opened the 8th Africa Reginal Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction as the host country. This key event on disaster risk reduction is convened at a critical time in a context where Africa is facing increasing challenges from disaster risks aggravated by the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change.
Kenya - government Intergovernmental Authority on Development African Union United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Africa
PR on NDMAs' Forum 4-5.11.2021 in Tashkent
On November 5, the Heads of Emergency Authorities of Central Asian States at the Regional Forum in Tashkent adopted a Strategy for Development of Cooperation Between Central Asian Countries in Disaster Risk Reduction for 2022-2030.
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Europe & Central Asia
PHA workshop in Bishkek 2021-09-24
Building on the Preliminary Disaster Resilience Scorecard Assessment held earlier in September, on 24 September, Bishkek, in cooperation with UNDRR, EU and the World Health Organization (WHO) in the Kyrgyz Republic, conducted the Health Systems Disaster Resilience Scorecard Assessment. The significance of the Health Systems Disaster Resilience Scorecard Assessment is the emphasis on facilitating multi-sectoral approaches to integrating health issues in disaster risk reduction/resilience planning at the city level.
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Europe & Central Asia
A family of street children & their mother collecting chestnuts scattered throughout the street, because the tree has fallen due to impact of cyclone Amphan, India (2020)
For a growing number of populations around the world, facing a future of more frequent and extreme disasters will only be possible if more funding is channelled towards adaptation and disaster risk reduction, writes Mami Mizutori.
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UN Resolutions

Disaster Risk Reduction: resolution / adopted by the General Assembly

A/RES/75/216

The resolution recognizes that biological hazards require strengthened coordination between disaster and health risk management systems in the areas of risk assessment, surveillance and early warning and that and that resilient health infrastructures reduce overall disaster risk and build disaster resilience.

A/RES/74/218

Resolution adopted by the General Assembly on 19 December 2019

 

Report of the Secretary-General on the Implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030

A/75/226

The present report has been prepared as requested by the General Assembly in resolution 74/218 on disaster risk reduction and resolution 73/230 on effective global response to address the impacts of the El Niño phenomenon. It provides an overview of

A/RES/73/231

A/RES/72/218

A/RES/71/226

News and events

Front Cover of the 2021 Financing for Sustainable Development Report
On 15 April, Member States gathered virtually to adopt the Outcome Document of the 2021 Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Forum on Financing for Development. This year’s outcome document provides indispensable intergovernmental policy guidance to
In preparation for the upcoming Fifth United Nations Conference on Least Developed Countries (LDC5) and its Preparatory Committees, the Government of Malawi recently hosted the Africa and Haiti Regional Review Meeting. The objective of the meeting was to
United Nations Headquarters New York
As COVID-19 continues to spread around the world, Member States of the United Nations have agreed to put the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction at the centre of recovery and rehabilitation policy. On 11 September 2020, the General Assembly
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National and local governments, civil society representatives, the private sector, academia and the United Nations system gathered virtually in July 2020 for the annual High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). Discussions on this year
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.
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