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

2020 Hamaguchi Award Ceremony on 4 November 2020 in Tokyo, Japan
Ahead of this year’s World Tsunami Awareness Day (WTAD) on 5 November, three winners of the 2020 Hamaguchi Award were announced by the International Promotion Committee for Tsunami/Coastal Disaster Resilience Technology.
MCR 2030
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic and its diverse impact, Dubai government combated and alleviated the pandemic’s effects and rapidly regain momentum in recovering with its technological innovation and rapid development. It has demonstrated astonishing
A sculpture at the tsunami memorial park at Kamala Beach in Phuket, Thailand, which was one of the areas hit by the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami.
While the physical damage caused by the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami has been all but erased, its influence on disaster risk reduction, and disaster preparedness planning more specifically, continues to today.
Fifth Arab Partnership Meeting for DRR
To enhance the adoption and implementation of an all-of-society approach to implementing Sendai Framework and the Arab Strategy for DRR 2030, UNDRR in collaboration with the League of Arab States convene bi-annual meetings of the Arab Partnership for DRR
WTAD activation
The UNDR ROAS activated a World Tsunami Awareness Day campaign that is aligned with the 2020 theme of the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction and in line with the Tsunami Ready program recognized by UNESCO-IOC as a valuable initiative to save
António Guterres UN Secretary-General
MESSAGE OF THE UN SECRETARY-GENERAL FOR WORLD TSUNAMI AWARENESS DAY, 5 NOVEMBER We live in a multi-hazard world where risk is systemic and embedded in the very fabric of human development. Currently we are struggling with what some describe as a tsunami
FCC Activation
In the Arab region, the UNDRR Regional Office for the Arab states contributed to the MCR 2030 launch through several activities and public engagements including an on-ground activity that was organized for 5 days from October 28 to November 2, 2020, in
Workshop
The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR), in partnership with the European Committee of the Regions Natural Resources Commission and the Centre for European Volunteering, held a virtual workshop on Local Level Resilience and Pandemic
SFM Training
UNDRR’s Central Asia Initiative “Strengthening disaster resilience and accelerating implementation of Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction in Central Asia” funded by the European Union has made substantial progress within one year. In particular
Winning drawing from Kazakhstan
The United Nations General Assembly has designated October 13th as the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction to promote a global culture of disaster risk reduction. It is an opportunity to acknowledge the progress being made toward reducing

UN Resolutions

News and events

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.
As this September’s anticipated UN Summit to adopt the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) draws near, intergovernmental discussions in New York are focusing on how their implementation will be measured and tracked.
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