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

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National and local governments, civil society representatives, the private sector, academia and the United Nations system gathered virtually in July 2020 for the annual High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). Discussions on this year
Youth and a COVID-19 awareness mural, Fiji
Colourful murals have been used to deliver life-saving messages on COVID-19 in some of Fiji’s poorest communities. Young community members, along with local artists, used their painting skills to create vivid images that have delivered simple yet powerful
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The future is in good hands. The young people who participated in the “Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate Change Youth Forum”, held on August 12th in the framework of International Youth Day, showed great interest in becoming even more involved in
JCE employees practice evacuation decision-making in an EVAG game workshop.
The shared trauma and experiences of disasters over the decades have helped shape Japan’s unique disaster culture, where all segments of society contribute to disaster prevention and mitigation. The current COVID-19 pandemic has been no exception, and
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BANGKOK – The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) launched an online Quick Risk Estimation (QRE) Tool to help small businesses and enterprises, including those in the informal sector, to better understand their exposure and vulnerability to
Children playing outside a resilient primary school in Barbuda
Dear Future World Leaders, I am sure you are all closely watching the way the world’s leaders are handling the current global Covid-19 crisis and thinking about what you would do differently. Believe me when I say, the speeches you are hearing daily are
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The United Nations office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR), in collaboration with the CIMA Research Foundation and the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) organized the first online introductory workshop for the countries of Central Asia on the
Beirut, Líbano- 5 de agosto, 2020: la destrucción causada por la explosión química.
The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction Mami Mizutori expresses her deepest condolences to the victims and their families and the government of Lebanon for the loss of life, injury and devastation caused by the explosion in Beirut, Lebanon.
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More than 800 scientists and experts contributed to a new report which defines and classifies hazards which was launched this week in support of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. Co-published with the International Science Council (ISC)
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National and local governments in the Arab region have undertaken timely actions to contain COVID 19 and respond to its threats on their health systems, economy and society. In line with threcignition of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Paris

UN Resolutions

News and events

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.
The 2015 Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction (GAR15) is launched today by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today warned that “growing global inequality, increasing exposure to natural hazards, rapid urbanization and the overconsumption of energy and natural resources threaten to drive risk to dangerous and unpredictable levels with systemic global impacts.”
Rendering of Southwest Resiliency Park. (Photo: UNISDR)
The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction has designated the City of Hoboken, New Jersey, USA, as a Role Model City of the Making Cities Resilient campaign for its flood risk management practices. These include plans to retain over a million gallons of stormwater runoff through green infrastructure.
Strategies can be developed as part of an overall vision to make cities of all sizes more resilient and liveable. (Photo: Magnus Larsson)
This week’s UN Climate Summit has generated commitments to raise $2 billion of in-kind and direct support for cities threatened by extreme weather events fuelled by climate change.
During the course, students Thomas Hrabal and Joseph DeLorenzo present their research on disaster resilience measures in Point Pleasant, New Jersey. (Photo: UNISDR)
Eighteen students at Saint Peter’s University in Jersey City, New Jersey, United States, have just completed the university’s first-ever course on disaster risk reduction, in part as a result of Hurricane Sandy which killed at least 117 people and caused $65 billion worth of damage in the US alone.
This new initiative brings together leading names in business, investment, insurance, the public sector, business education and civil society to develop global standards and promote risk-sensitive investment.
Following on a statement by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon that “economic losses are out of control and can only be reduced in partnership with the private sector,” the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) today launched the R!SE Initiative to mainstream disaster risk management into corporate planning and investment decision-making.
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The vital role of cities as engines of climate resilience has been recognised with the appointment of the former mayor of New York City, Michael R. Bloomberg, as Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change, by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
<b>Building resilience: </b>A Bangladeshi woman helps in community efforts of flood prevention. Her government and others are looking at the Sustainable Development Goals as an opportunity to transform development.
“Disaster risk reduction should not be seen only as an imperative to protecting investments in development, but also as an opportunity for a transformative shift towards resilient development.” This rousing statement from disaster-prone Bangladesh was one of several calls from governments for disaster and climate risk considerations to be incorporated at every stage of development. The seventh session of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals heard consistent support for the integration of disaster risk management within each sector that may be addressed by the goals, such as poverty eradication, energy, health, food security.
<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.