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

A group photo at DDPM headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand, in the aftermath of the webinar which was attended by over 200 officials from across the Government of Thailand.
BANGKOK – In 2016, Thailand helped formulate the “Bangkok Principles” which seek to integrate health into disaster risk reduction. Now, the country is mainstreaming the principles domestically to safeguard against the next health emergency. Soon after the
Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi announced a global Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI), at the UN Climate Action Summit 2019 held in New York City, USA, on September 23, 2019.
The 1st anniversary of the launch by the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, of the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastucture (CDRI) was marked today by a webinar on "The Future of Infrastructure Resilience in the Context of Global Pandemics."
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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Central Asian member states shared experience and challenges for COVID-19 response and resilience at the virtual dialogue on 17 September. The platform for discussion was provided by the EU-funded Central Asia Initiative “Strengthening disaster resilience
Agnes Titus, Nazareth Centre for Rehabilitation in Bougainville
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, women leaders in the Pacific have been able to carve a larger space to bring the voices and perspectives of women and girls to the policy tables and influence disaster preparedness and response. Ms Agnes Titus, of
Aid to the poor by ARISE India
India has been one of the most impacted countries by the COVID-19 pandemic, both in terms of the number of cases, which now top 4 million, and the socio-economic losses resulting from the crisis. In the midst of these challenges, India’s private sector
ARISE Meeting
While the globe is facing challenging times and rapid changes due to disasters and the need to create risk-resilient societies is inevitable, the United Arab Emirates is leading the private sector engagement for disaster risk reduction by announcing the
SFM Meeting
The Regional Webinar on Sendai Framework Monitor (SFM) Reporting in the Arab Region was organized on September, 7, 2020 to review the progress of Arab countries on SFM reporting and agree on concrete steps to ensure increased and enhanced quality
Images from the online webinar of speakers and slides
To prevent disasters such as the recent floods that impacted China, UNDRR co-organzied a workshop is to strengthen China’s ability to report damage and loss data and track implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.
Concept Note International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction
‘Disaster risk governance’ was announced today as the theme of this year’s International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction on 13 October in a year when a great number of people have died and fallen ill because of the COVID-19 pandemic. In a statement today

UN Resolutions

News and events

(From left) Mr. Toshihiro Nikai, Chairman of the General Council of Japan's Liberal Democratic Party and Mr. Jan Eliasson, UN Deputy Secretary-General, at the launch of World Tsunami Awareness Day which will take place on November 5
World Tsunami Awareness Day will be commemorated this year for the first time, and every year thereafter, on 5 November. The Japanese Permanent Mission at the UN in New York marked the launch with an event which also marked the first anniversary of the adoption of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.
The first World Tsunami Awareness Day will take place on November 5, 2016
The head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, Margareta Wahlström, today welcomed the passing of a resolution yesterday by the UN General Assembly which recognizes November 5 as World Tsunami Awareness Day. The resolution was led by Japan and Chile.
The border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Haiti is to the left and the Dominican Republic is the greener area to the right. (Photo: NASA)
Governments, civil society and the private sector are delivering on the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and building resilience to climate-related disasters through efforts to protect ecosystems and biodiversity.
Host Ahmet Davutoglu, Prime Minister of Turkey, listens as UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses the audience at the special event held during the UN General Assembly (Photo: UNISDR)
The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction is a key element in global efforts to stem the rise in humanitarian crises and shape a new global development and climate change agenda over the next 15 years, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said here today.
France’s Secretary of State for Development Ms. Annick Girardin speaks about the CREWS initiative, as Ms. Rachel Kyte, World Bank Group vice president and special envoy for climate change and World Meteorological Organization Secretary-General Mr. Michel Jarraud listen to her remarks (Photo: UNISDR)
Plans to bring early warning systems to some of the world’s poorest countries and thereby curb the risk of disasters have cleared a new milestone, thanks to a French-spurred initiative unveiled at the United Nations today.
The private sector is a key player in disaster risk reduction. From left: ARISE co-chairs Ms. Sandra Wu, Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer of Kokusai Kogyo Co., Ltd. and Ms. Margareta Wahlström, the head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, with Mr. Simon Clow, Group Head of Stakeholder Engagement, AXA Group, and ARISE interim board member Mr. Aris Papadopoulos, former chief executive of Titan America and founder of the Resilience Action Fund (Photo: UNISDR)
The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction and its existing private sector partners have called on businesses around the globe to join a new initiative that aims to raise resilience in the face of natural and man-made hazards.
Reducing the risk of disasters caused by natural hazards such as drought needs to be part of humanitarian and development aid (Photo: UN Photo/WFP/Phil Behan)
Disaster risk reduction needs to be included squarely in humanitarian aid programmes and development policies, given its power to save lives and money, delegates at the United Nations sustainable development summit heard today.
"Transforming our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development" is made up of 17 interlocking goals (Photo: UN)
Efforts to reduce the threat posed by natural and man-made hazards will get a fresh boost this weekend when world leaders adopt a new global sustainable development agenda that aims to eradicate extreme poverty, promote prosperity and people’s well-being, while protecting the environment.
Mr. Saber Chowdhury, President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, speaking on the Sendai Framework. (Photo: UNISDR)
The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction is “a fundamental stepping stone marking this year of global action for people and the planet,” according to UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon in remarks to a gathering of Speakers of Parliament from around the world.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) greets a participant at a special event in New York marking International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples (Photo: UN Photo/Rick Bajornas)
Indigenous knowledge is an important source of wisdom for sustainability, UN Secretary-General Bank Ki-moon says, underlining an issue that it is also crucial for disaster risk reduction.