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

Webinar Series
Recent Webinars 10 July 2020. Webinar: Build Back Better: A Green and Sustainable Economic Recovery 18 June 2020. Webinar: Exchange of private sector good practices in preparedness and prevention in the light of COVID-19 12 June 2020. Webinar: Webinar The
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Situation development In Croatia, this story began on 22 February 2020, with the first death attributed to COVID-19 in Italy. The same day, the Civil Protection Coordination Centre was established by the Croatian Government. It assembled, among others
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A new online platform tracking the progress of COVID-19 as it edges through Central America and the Dominican Republic will help countries contain the virus and minimise its social and economic impact. The publicly-available SICA COVID-19 Information and
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GENEVA - The world’s parliamentarians were urged today to set their differences aside and act in unity at the national level to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. “We don’t need to use this virus to score political points against each other. Strong national
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The chance of a deadly Caribbean hurricane clashing with the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic remains slim but many countries are bracing for a two-tier crisis as they grapple with complicated logistics, limited resources and scant supplies. Training
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GENEVA - The COVID-19 pandemic has tipped the world into recession and the world’s most disaster-prone region Asia and the Pacific is really feeling the economic pain. Tourism is a good barometer of that pain as small and medium sized enterprises make up
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The UNDRR Regional Office for Arab States will host a webinar discussing youth leadership and their response to COVID – 19. UNDRR aims to cultivate the next generation of leaders, and to ensure they are looped into decision-making conversations about
A seaside slum in Tacloban, the Philippines, devastated by Typhoon Haiyan
GENEVA - Some of the world’s most disaster-prone nations are gearing up for their greatest challenge in the coming months when cyclones and floods can be expected to force the evacuation of millions of people while COVID-19 remains a widespread menace
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The COVID-19 pandemic is creating complex economic and social challenges for countries in Latin America and the Caribbean which should cooperate more closely to reduce risk, said speakers at an inaugural event. Comprehensive regional strategies would help
Rohingya volunteers are raising awareness of the COVID-10 and cyclone threat for 900,000 refugees in the Cox's Bazaar area of Bangladesh
GENEVA - The COVID-19 pandemic is causing enormous hardship for millions of migrants and displaced who need to be included in both response and economic mitigation measures being put in place across Asia and the Pacific, the world’s most disaster-affected

UN Resolutions

News and events

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.
The UN General Assembly confirmed that Japan will host the Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in 2015 when it passed its annual resolution yesterday on the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction.
UNISDR Chief Margareta Wahlström (left) and Hoboken, New Jersey Mayor Dawn Zimmer (right) listen to a resident's account of the challenges of repairing her home.
Current estimates are that Hurricane Sandy may be the most expensive storm to have hit the United States since Hurricane Katrina with the final bill possibly reaching $50 billion. Last weekend, Margareta Wahlström, Chief of UNISDR, visited Hurricane Sandy affected areas in New York and New Jersey.
Development cannot be sustainable if it does not incorporate disaster risk reduction was a key message by Member States yesterday as the UN General Assembly's Second Committee (Economic and Financial Committee) began its two-day meeting on the issue of moving sustainable development forward.
Hurricane Sandy passed to the west of Haiti on 25 October, causing heavy rains and strong winds, flooding homes and overflowing rivers. A woman sells produce at a flooded market place.
UNISDR Chief, Margareta Wahlström, yesterday introduced the Secretary-General's Report on the Implementation of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction to Member States at the Economic and Financial Committee -- also known as the Second Committee - of the 67th session of the United Nations General Assembly.