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

Flyer for UNDRR-UNOSSC-WHO Joint Training
With over 2400 participants from about 149 countries and territories, the first session of a new joint certification programme was held in June, focusing on an overall course introduction and key topics. Under the theme of “Build back better: Harnessing
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Office in Incheon for Northeast Asia and Global Education and Training Institute for Disaster Risk Reduction United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation World Health Organization
SRSG Mami Mizutori
(Check against delivery) Remarks by SRSG Mami Mizutori Launch of the GAR SRD 2021 at the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought Thursday 17 June 2021 | 15:00 Thank you to everyone who is joining us today from around the world for the launch of
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction
Water falls onto boys head
The UN agency responsible for leading global disaster risk management today warned that drought affects more people than any other slow onset disaster and will determine the course of human development in the coming years as the climate emergency worsens
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction
SRSG Mami Mizutori
Check against delivery Remarks by SRSG Mami Mizutori High Level Dialogue on Desertification, Land Degradation and Drought Monday, 14 June 2021 Nothing undermines sustainable development like a disaster. COVID-19 comes immediately to mind. But more often
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction
UNDRR Participation at the FIABCI Real Estate Days
The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction joined the FIABCI Real Estate Days, which was organized virtually under the theme “Digital Transformation and the Legacy of the Global Outbreak in the Real Estate” over a period of 3 days from 1 to 3
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Arab States
Ashgabat MCR2030
ASHGABAT– On 28 May, a workshop presenting the Preliminary Disaster Resilience Scorecard for Cities took place in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. The workshop brought together representatives of the Ashgabat Mayor’s Office, relevant government ministries as well
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Europe & Central Asia
Displacement
After Hurricanes Iota and Eta ripped through Central America in 2020, many were forced to flee with little more than the wet clothes on their backs, leaving their houses destroyed and even bodies of family members buried in thick mud. Instead of returning
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction – Regional Office for the Americas and the Caribbean
Cooperation and Sustainable Development Framework (2021-2022)
The United Nations and the Government of Bahrain continued their joint effort and cooperation and signed the Strategic Cooperation and Sustainable Development Framework of 2021-2022. The Foreign Minister of Bahrain Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Alzayani and
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Arab States
SVG private sector
After ash from La Soufriere volcanic eruption blanketed St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG), businesses from across the Caribbean have rushed to lend support to the stricken country where homes have been destroyed, people displaced and water contaminated
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction – Regional Office for the Americas and the Caribbean
KGZ NP Meeting 26 May
Bishkek – On 26th May, key members and stakeholders on disaster risk reduction participated in the national workshop to strengthen disaster risk reduction (DRR) governance and to enhance the activities of the National Platform for DRR of the Kyrgyz
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Europe & Central Asia

UN Resolutions

News and events

<b>A changing city: </b>New York Air National Guard respond after Sandy, which has prompted a major review of the city's disaster management.
Exactly a year ago, Sandy proved to be the most destructive hurricane of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season, severely impacting lives and economies in seven countries. For the United States, it was the second-costliest hurricane in its history and affected the entire eastern seaboard, causing an alarming economic bill of up to $50 billion. New York City was one of the worst affected. On the anniversary of Hurricane Sandy this week, however, the city appears occupied with its future rather than its past. Heeding the signs of a changing climate, in June this year, New York City released its plan to protect the city from coastal hazards and climate change impacts called A Stronger, More Resilient New York.
The cast of the off-Broadway Theater Breaking Through Barriers premiered their play 'Ready, Willing and Able' at the UNISDR's New York celebrations for the 2013 International Day for Disatser Reduction.
The 2013 International Day for Disaster Reduction has seen remarkable efforts by artists and the creative community at large to rally for an inclusive and resilient world.
UNISDR Chief, Margareta Wahlström, made a special plea this week for improved data collection in disaster situations in order to provide a better insight into disability-related injuries. In parallel with high-level proceedings at the United Nations General Assembly, leading disability and disaster risk reduction advocates came together in New York to share lessons from disasters past.
The Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is the only human rights treaty of this millennium.
Why are persons with disabilities so disproportionately affected by disasters? This was the important, if often overlooked, question presented to the largest international meeting on disability issues, at the United Nations last week. The answer, simply put, is because disaster prevention measures are designed and implemented in many parts of the world without including or taking into account persons with disabilities. Often it is the attitude of viewing such persons as victims or burdens that prevents their inclusion.
UNISDR Chief Margareta Wahlström today welcomed a proposal that "resilient cities" should be one of ten top global priorities in the post-2015 development agenda.
Mayor Dawn Zimmer of Hoboken, NJ and Margareta Wahlström. Chief of UNISDR. The City of Hoboken organized the Hoboken Resilience Run, a 5K and Fun Run for post Hurricane Sandy recovery. The run, which took place on 6 April 2013, was organized in support of UNISDR's Making Cities Resilient Campaign
Dawn Zimmer, Mayor of Hoboken, NJ (USA), is one of more than 50 Mayors from around the world who will attend the Fourth Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction 2013, taking place in Geneva, 19-23 May. The “Meet the Mayors” interview series aims to showcase the actions local governments participating in UNISDR's Making Cities Resilient Campaign are taking to reduce disaster risk and strengthen the resilience of their communities.
The United Nations today issued a stark warning to the world's business community that economic losses linked to disasters are "out of control" and will continue to escalate unless disaster risk management becomes a core part of business investment strategies.
Early last Saturday morning, some 1,000 residents of the city of Hoboken in New Jersey, birthplace of the legendary crooner Frank Sinatra, came out in full force and high spirits to run a special race in aid of Hurricane Sandy disaster relief in both Hoboken and its sister city Port Maria in Jamaica.
From left: Leo Pellegrini, Director of Health and Human Services at City of Hoboken, Dawn Zimmer, Mayor of Hoboken, and Daniel Bryan, Chief of Staff to the Mayor at City of Hoboken meet with Helena Molin-Valdes, Chief of UNISDR's Advocacy & Outreach and coordinator of the Making Cities Resilient campaign.
The UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, Margareta Wahlström, today welcomed the city of Hoboken, New Jersey, into UNISDR's Making Cities Resilient Campaign in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Hoboken brings to four the number of US cities who have joined UNISDR's global campaign which has 1,400 adherents.
Reaching back hundreds of years to learn the lessons of history combined with the best of modern know-how is the ideal mix to build more resilient communities and nations.
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