UNISDR head, Mami Mizutori, addressing the High School Students Summit for World Tsunami Awareness Day
For the third year, Japan hosted a High School Students Summit to mark World Tsunami Awareness Day. UNISDR head, Mami Mizutori, urged them to become youth ambassdors for disaster risk reduction.
Heads of delegations gather to mark the conclusion of three days of talks that saw the endorsment of a landmark regional disaster risk reduction plan for the Americas (Photo: Public Safety Canada)
The Americas region today took a landmark step on the road to resilience by adopting an action plan to tackle the huge array of natural and human-induced hazards that its dozens of countries and territories face.
Baillie the Border Collie, a highly-skilled search and rescue dog, pictured here with her handler Mr. Kit Huffer, has become a star at the Americas region's top disaster risk reduction conference (Photo: Public Safety Canada/UNISDR)
Baillie the Border Collie stands motionless, eyeballing her handler, then springs into action when he gives the command: “Find it!” The four-year-old is part of the Canada Task Force 2 Disaster Response Team, among the thousand delegates at the 5th Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas.
The Fort McMurray wildfire was a key test for the resilience of businesses in Canada (Photo: DarrenRD)
Canadian businesses have joined a UN-backed drive to bolster resilience to natural and human-induced hazards, sending a strong signal during the Americas region’s top disaster risk reduction conference.
Algonquin Nation Elder Ms. Rose Wawatie (front) leads the opening ceremony for the 5th Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas, flanked by (from left) Métis Elder Mr. Jim Durocher, Inuit Elder Mr. David Serkoak, and Mohawk Nation Elder Mr. Kevin Ka’nahsohon Deer (Photo: Public Safety Canada/UNISDR)
The concerns and capacities of indigenous peoples need to be taken into account at all times when it comes to curbing disaster risk, leading members of communities from across the Americas said today at a high-level conference.
Mr. Ralph Goodale, Canada’s Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, said the 5th Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas is set to endorse a "robust" plan for curbing the risks posed by natural and human-induced hazards (Photo: Public Safety Canada/UNISDR)
The vast Americas region today started a high-level conference on a wide-ranging plan that will seek to reduce the risks posed by natural and human-induced hazards.
The 5th Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas is a key step on the road to greater resilience to natural and human-induced hazards
Governments from across the Americas are gathering this week in Canada for a high-level conference where they aim to make their vast region more resilient by adopting a plan to curb the risks posed by natural and human-induced hazards.
350 students from 11 countries took part in the forum on disaster risk reduction during the National Model United Nations (Photo: UNISDR)
Hundreds of university students from around the world have set their sights on reducing the risk of disasters, during the first-ever edition in Japan of the National Model United Nations.
The goal of the CREWS initiative is to help developing countries bolster their early warning and forecast services to head off the risks posed by hazards such as flooding
African Least Developed Countries and Pacific Islands will be the first to benefit from upgraded early warning systems against weather and climate-related shocks under an action plan outlined at the United Nations climate change conference.

This input paper for the 2015 Global Assessment Report explores how public and private agencies can help protect the country’s most vulnerable economic activities and productive sectors to reduce the overall impacts of disasters. The publication presents