Authorities inspect rubble at a collapsed building in Dakar (Photo: DPC)
The government of Senegal is harnessing cutting-edge information and communications technology to manage and reduce disaster risk, with the aim of curbing deaths and economic losses caused by natural and man-made hazards in the West African nation.
Post-earthquake reconstruction efforts get underway in Nepal (Photo: International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies)
The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) aim to reduce disaster losses in some of the world’s most hazard prone cities with the initial aid of a €6 million grant from the EU, over the next three years.
Prof. Oliver Ruppel (extreme right) of the IPCC, keynote speaker on Integrating DRR and Climate Change Adaptation flanked by Chair, Adama Alhassane Diallo, ACMAD, Moderator, Prof. Laban Ogallo, IGAD/ICPAC, Dr. Aida Diongue Niang, Senegal,and Katie Peters, CDKN/ODI. (Photo: UNISDR)
A disaster-resilient future for Africa will have to take account of the fact that it is the region of the world that will suffer the most from climate change and which struggles the most when it comes to capacity to manage present and future disaster risk, the 5th Africa Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction heard yesterday.
(from left to right) Secretary General Sierra Leone Red Cross, Emmanuel Hindovei Tommy, Hon. Abdou Sane, panel chairman, Hon. Rachel Shebesh, Moderator, during plenary session to discuss Managing Risk: Policy and Institutions (Photo: UNISDR)
From school to university education, from early warning to data collection, and from national development plans to community-based participation, Ethiopia has made solid gains in implementing the Hyogo Framework for Action, the global agreement on disaster risk reduction adopted in 2005.
<b>Inclusive approach: </b>Senegal's Minister of Women, Family and Children Ms Anta Sarr (centre) and Ms Wahlström (left) agreed that a wide range of engaged networks was needed to support effective disaster risk reduction.
The Prime Minister of Senegal has reiterated her country’s commitment to implementing the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) during high level talks with the UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction. Prime Minister Aminata Touré said that Senegal’s international commitments were consistent with domestic priorities under the country’s Economic and Social Development Plan. In the presence of nine of her key ministers, the Prime Minister told Special Representative Ms Margareta Wahlström that good governance and institutions were crucial to build resilience in the face of continued climate change.

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Ce rapport résume les progrès et les contraintes apportées par le Sénégal comme un acteur du Cadre d'action de Hyogo (CAH) signé le 22 janvier 2005 à Kobe, au Japon par 168 pays. Le document exprime également les points de vue et des

Moshi, Tanzania
A new report published today by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, UNISDR, lays bare the huge challenges faced by medium-sized African towns struggling to cope with the rising tide of disaster events, rural-urban migration and ecosystem destruction without early warning systems or budgets to reduce risk.
Abdou Sané, Member of Parliament from Senegal and a member of UNISDR's Parliamentarian Advisory Group
UNISDR Parliamentary Champion for Disaster Risk Reduction, Abdou Sané, Member of Parliament from Senegal, recently welcomed the African Union's decision to establish an African Risk Capacity Secretariat - a specialized agency of the African Union which will help elaborate a legal agreement on a pooled risk insurance facility for droughts, floods, earthquakes and cyclones.
The first meeting of UNISDR's Parliamentarian Advisory Group took place in Geneva from 27 to 28 June (Photo/Ana-Cristina Thorlund).
The United Nations office for disaster risk reduction, UNISDR, today officially welcomed five members of parliament from Bangladesh, Uganda, Cambodia, Senegal and the East African Legislative Assembly as parliamentary champions committed to promoting legislation for disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation.

This special issue looks at drought risk reduction through the lens of the Hyogo Framework of Action (HFA), the global framework for disaster risk reduction. It features the excellent work being done throughout the African region and underscores the