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

Mami Mizutori (UNDRR) and Prof. Petteri Taalas (WMO)
The World Meteorological Organization and the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction are marking 13 October, International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction, with the announcement of the creation of a Centre of Excellence for Climate and Disaster Resilience.
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction World Meteorological Organization
Volunteers from the Red Crescent Society in an awareness-raising event in Dhaka
The need for a multi-hazard approach is one of the key lessons of the COVID-19 pandemic, and one that UNDRR advocates for all to follow as an important building block to save lives and to reduce the percentage of GDP that countries lose to disasters.
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction
Mami Mizutori and Petteri Taalas
This new Centre of Excellence will concentrate minds on what extreme weather and other natural hazards means for daily life on planet Earth for the foreseeable future and spur efforts to adapt and cope with that reality.
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction
Photos of award winners
The inaugural WIN DRR Leadership Awards have been granted to Ms. Vasiti Soko, Director of the National Disaster Management Office in Fiji, and Dr. Nuraini Rahma Hanifa, an earthquake scientist who founded U-INSPIRE Alliance
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Asia and Pacific
Drawing contest in Dushanbe dedicated to 2021 IDDRR
The contest brought together schoolchildren from Dushanbe, interested in drawing and disaster risk reduction in the Alisher Navoi Park of Culture and Recreation.
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Europe & Central Asia
EURESFOR
This framework establishes a long-term vision for adaptation, which recognises the need for a systemic approach and acknowledges the interdependency between a stable climate and the maintenance of ecosystem services.
Making Cities Resilient 2030 (MCR2030)
Image of water front village in Lao PDR
The $5.5 million project aims to reduce the impacts of disasters caused by hazards by increasing the utilization of early warning and risk information in Cambodia and Lao PDR.
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Asia and Pacific World Meteorological Organization World Bank, the
UNGRD Colombia launches MCR2030
The numerous disaster events that Colombia has faced, have highlighted the need to emphasize that disaster risk management is both a determinant and a conditioning factor for sustainable development when addressing sustainable development and planning
Unidad Nacional para la Gestión del Riesgo de Desastres Making Cities Resilient 2030 (MCR2030)
Train of trainers in the Americas region
The Brazilian municipality of Riversul has become the 300th member of a global partnership of local governments committed to strengthening their disaster resilience in an ever-riskier world.
Making Cities Resilient 2030 (MCR2030)
Connect RN
The second Panel of the International Forum “Connect RN” on “Paving the way to Resilient and Sustainable Cities” explored how Latin American and European cities are innovating to become more resilient and sustainable in face of the global challenges posed
Making Cities Resilient 2030 (MCR2030) Rede Internacionaliza RN Câmara de Comercio Brasil – Portugal

UN Resolutions

News and events

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.
Tsunami damage in the Toyoma District of Iwaki City, Fukushima Prefecture (Photo: Fukushima Prefecture)
The future of Fukushima Prefecture dramatically changed on 11 March 2011. A 9.0 magnitude earthquake off Japan’s eastern seaboard unleashed a powerful tsunami that triggered a devastating nuclear meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant.
Mr. Donovan Guttieres, of the United Nations Major Group for Children and Youth, makes a point during the discussion on involving communities in reducing disaster mortality (Photo: UNISDR)
The risk of dying in a hurricane or flood is lower today than it was 20 years ago, in most parts of the world. In Haiti, however, the toll of Hurricane Matthew has already reportedly passed 1,000. The issue of how to reach countries and communities left behind and struggling to reduce their disaster mortality rates was the focus of a meeting at United Nations Headquarters, held ahead of International Day for Disaster Reduction.
Mr. Robert Glasser, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction (right) met with Ms. Julie Bishop, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, on the sidelines of the UN Summit on Refugees and Migrants
Governments at the UN Summit on Refugees and Migrants have adopted a landmark declaration that underlines the role of environmental degradation, climate change and disasters alongside conflict as drivers of the ongoing crisis.
Mr. Robert Glasser, UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction (left) with Mr. Luis Felipe Puente Espinosa, Mexico's National Coordinator of Civil Protection, after the briefing on the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (Photo: UNISDR)
Extreme weather events are becoming the “new normal” and climate change is compromising people’s resilience, meaning that humanitarian action and development must be part of the same process, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Mr. Jan Eliasson has told a meeting on disaster risk reduction.
Mr. Robert Glasser, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction (left), listens as Mr. Vandi Chidi Minah, Permanent Representative of Sierra Leone to the United Nations, addresses the session on sustainable development (Photo: UNISDR)
Strong leadership is critical to ensure that no one is left behind amid global efforts to achieve sustainable development by 2030, the United Nations’ top disaster risk reduction official has told a high-level global forum.
Risk reduction and post-disaster reconstruction, rehabilitation and reintegration should be culturally-sensitive, indigenous peoples say (Photo: Indigenous Persons with Disabilities Global Network)
Indigenous peoples have spotlighted the need to take their concerns into account when it comes to reducing disaster risk, notably for members of their communities with disabilities.
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