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

Central Asia
The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR), within its project “Strengthening disaster resilience and accelerating implementation of Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction in Central Asia”, engages with the capital cities of
MCR2030
Making Cities Resilient 2030 (MCR2030) is an initiative led by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction and its partners to support cities in taking action to reduce disaster risk in alignment with the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015
Portici
Local Governments are at the forefront of disaster risk reduction. When disasters strike, local authorities need to react as the first line of response and relief. The coronavirus outbreak has shown how municipalities are first and most exposed to the
MCR2030 in Moldova
The COVID-19 crisis in Chisinau, the capital city of the Republic of Moldova, underlined the weaknesses in disaster preparedness and response, including the low resilience of the health sector. The lack of practical plans in place and the limited
Mami Mizutori, UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reductiion
Remarks by SRSG Mizutori IDF Development Impact of Risk Analytics webinar Monday 30th November Good morning/ good afternoon/ good evening to everyone participating in this webinar. The level of interest in the topic is very encouraging. At the outset, I
Mami Mizutori, UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reductiion
(Check against delivery) Remarks by SRSG Mizutori CLIMATE VULNERABLE FORUM GLOBAL PARLIAMENTARIANS MEETING “Parliamentarians of Climate Threatened Nations Championing Planetary Prosperity” Webinar Organized by the Climate Vulnerable Forum in Collaboration
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

UN Resolutions

News and events

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.
This image of Hurricane Sandy was acquired by the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on the Suomi NPP satellite at 2:42 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time (06:42 Universal Time) on October 28, 2012.
Margareta Wahlström, the UN Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, today said that the economic losses inflicted on the US and Caribbean island states by Hurricane Sandy underlined the growing threat posed by extreme natural hazards to the world economy.
From left: Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, President of the sixty-sixth session of the General Assembly, meets with Bob Carr, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Australia prior to attending the UN General Assembly Thematic Debate on Disaster Risk Reduction.
There was a strong call for "the incorporation of disaster risk reduction in any future framework for sustainable development" during the UN General Assembly Thematic Debate on Disaster Risk Reduction yesterday which served as a major curtain raiser for Rio+20.
The cost of disasters were summed up last night in dollars lost, people displaced, lives lost as one would expect at a meeting hosted by Columbia University with the theme "From Sendai to Rio -- Cultivating a Disaster-Resilient Society for Sustainable Development."
H.E Mr Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, President of the 66th Session of the UN General Assembly, with the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, Ms Margareta Wahlström, at the opening of the exhibition 'Saving the Day After Tomorrow: Accelerating sustainable development through disaster risk reduction' (UN Photo / Paulo Filgueiras)
The newly formed Group of Friends for Disaster Risk Reduction this week launched a powerful photo exhibition at the UN in New York to coincide with the opening of the so-called "informal-informal" negotiations leading up to the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development or Rio+20.
Japan is to hold an international conference to share the lessons learned from the Great East Japan Earthquake in the latter half of next year, according to a debate at the United Nations in New York on the latest report of the United Nations Secretary General on Implementation of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction.
As the international community gears up for the Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development to be held in June next year, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is calling for any future framework for sustainable development to include a “clear prescription for incorporation of disaster and climate risk management.”
Joseph Deiss, President of the General Assembly said DRR was crucial for protecting progress made towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and for achieving sustainable development, at the GA Thematic Debate on DRR on 9 February. Throughout the day, he and other participants called for the enhancement of data collection and the scaling-up of investments in education, better urban planning, the sharing of information and technology, and the raising of awareness, especially to ensure that specific disasters and the needs of victims, remained high on the international agenda long after they had dropped from the news headlines.
The event addressed current initiatives related to urban risk reduction, in particular in Port-of-Prince, Tijuana and Kathmandu. Eminent speakers from Haiti, Mexico and Nepal highlighted the importance of reducing risk in the urban context - relevant to achieving the Millennium Development Goals...
The UNISDR ECOSOC side event was attended by over 70 participants including representatives from the Permanent Mission, UN agencies and civil society organizations. Panellist Marianne Fay of the World Bank said that disaster risk reduction and achievements of the Millennium Development Goals support each other – the converse is that a failure of one will undermine the other. Disaster risk reduction makes eminent sense from an economic point of view. > View full story
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