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

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Situation Room officers from the African Union Commission (AUC), IGAD Climate Prediction & Applications Centre (ICPAC), and the African Centre of Meteorological Application for Development (ACMAD) took part in a two-week training in May 2021, focusing on
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Monreal, Germany - 07 15 2021: Huge flood of the Elz river in Monreal, Eifel
GENEVA, 16 July 2021 – The UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, Mami Mizutori, today extended her condolences to all those affected by the current severe floods across Europe and urged greater investment in disaster
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ARISE Africa virtual photo
On 30 June 2021, ARISE Africa met to address how best to strengthen efforts to promote climate resilient infrastructure investments on the continent. This followed the calls to action raised during the 2021Virtual ARISE African Action Festival[1] in a
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Asia Pacific climate week banner image
As the most disaster-prone region, the Asia-Pacific Climate Week (APCW) 2021 wrapped up on Friday 9 July with a strong recognition of the region’s potential to lead on resilience building against the impacts of climate change in conjunction with an increased commitment to shift to low-carbon economies.
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Live illustration during Pacific Resilience Meeting for the standard for resilience 'Include'
Suva – The second Pacific Resilience Meeting (PRM) has closed, focusing on discussion and recommendations around the Framework for Resilient Development in the Pacific (FRDP)’s ten Guiding Principles and three Goals which fall into four ‘standards’ for
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Somalia workshop
Somalia, 6-7 July 2021 – Under the Disaster Risk Reduction Capacity Building Project in Somalia, UNDRR ROAS launched a National Consultation on ‘Establishing a National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction and Agreeing on the National DRR Priorities for
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SRSG Mami Mizutori
(Check against delivery) Remarks by SRSG Mami Mizutori UN High Level Political Forum 2021 Local and Regional Governments Day Opening Ceremony 9 July 2021 Distinguished participants, I would like to congratulate members of the Global Taskforce of Local and
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Tajikistan DesInventar Training
DUSHANBE– On 7-8 July 2021, experts from Tajikistan participated in the second part of the National training on the “DesInventar-Sendai” – a disaster information management software. The main objective of the training was to strengthen relative capacities
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Jordan National Consultation
Amman, 7 July 2021 – The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, Regional Office for the Arab States (UNDRR-ROAS), launched the first national consultation workshop under the umbrella of the regional disaster risk reduction initiative “Building
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HLP Panel on Covid19
UNDRR chief, Mami Mizutori, this week expressed her belief that the COVID-19 Scenarios Project spearheaded by the International Science Council (ISC) “will make a major contribution to guiding governments and policymakers along an effective pathway
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UN Resolutions

News and events

ECOSOC President, Mr. Oh Joon, speaking at the special meeting on the impact of El Niño
The devastating impact of the El Niño phenomenon on more than 60 million people was the focus of a Special meeting of the UN’s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) at UN HQ in New York on Friday.
UNISDR head, Mr. Robert Glasser with Mr. Enele Sosene Sopoaga, Prime Minister of Tuvalu
UNISDR chief, Mr. Robert Glasser, has praised the leaders of 15 UN member States particularly vulnerable to climate change for being the first to ratify the Paris Agreement on climate.
(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.
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