Meteoalarm uses simple colour coding and jargon-free explanations to help the public understanding real-time weather risks (Photo: Meteoalarm)
Rolled out in the wake of one of the deadliest storms to strike Europe in decades, the continent-wide weather information service Meteoalarm plays a life-saving role by raising public awareness of how to curb risks, and fosters international cooperation into the bargain.
Turkey takes charge of the European Forum: Mr. Erkan Koparmal (left), strategic chief at its disaster management body AFAD, receives the gavel from Mr. Taito Vainio, senior adviser at the Interior Ministry of outgoing president Finland (Photo: UNISDR).
Turkey took the helm of Europe’s top disaster risk reduction forum today, ahead of a new drive by the continent’s governments to widen efforts to curb the threats posed by natural and man-made hazards.
Participants at the 7th Annual Meeting of the European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction, who together aim to accelerate efforts to curb the threat of natural and man-made hazards (Photo: Pasi Autio)
Europe today began its annual talks on curbing the threat of natural and man-made hazards, with the aim of accelerating efforts to achieve the goals of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.
Ms. Päivi Sillanaukee (centre), Permanent Secretary at Finland’s Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, receives the Damir Čemerin Award on behalf of the Finnish Global Health Security Agenda team, from Mr. Robert Glasser (left), the UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, and  Mr. Kai Mykkänen (right), Finland’s Minister for Foreign Trade and Development  (Photo: Pasi Autio)
The Finnish arm of an international grouping working to ward off biological and health threats such as Ebola and the Zika virus has won a pan-European award that recognises innovative approaches to reducing disaster risk.
(l. to r.) Elizabeth Longworth, UNISDR Director; Päivi Kairamo, Ambassador to the Permanent Mission of Finland in Geneva; Florika Fink-Hooijer, Director of the European Commission DG ECHO; Stéphane Jacobzone, Deputy Head of Division, Reform of the Public Sector, OECD; Antti Rytövuori, Minister and Deputy Permanent Representative to the Permanent Mission of Finland in Geneva. (Photo: UNISDR)
The Finnish government has officially accepted the Peer Review report on its implementation of the global blueprint for disaster risk reduction, the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) which was adopted in 2005 and is due to be renewed next year at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, in Sendai, Japan.

This report presents the second peer review undertaken by Finland to assess progress in the implementation at national level of the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015: Building the Resilience of Nations and Communities to Disasters (HFA). It aims to: 1)

This newsletter highlights UNISDR activities around the world. This issue reports on: (i) the results of the first-ever UN global survey of persons living with disabilities on how they cope with disasters; (ii) the Millions Tweet for International Day for

Minister of International Development of Finland, Heidi Hautala, speaking at the opening of the Global Thematic Consultation on Conflict, Violence and Disaster and the Post-2015 development agenda.
More than 100 delegates from over 20 countries met in Helsinki today to discuss how to make sure countries around the world can better prevent the fallout of conflicts, war and disasters from reversing the gains in development, economic growth and provision of services to their people in the future global development agenda.
Details of the first-ever peer review of a country implementing the world's first agreement on disaster risk reduction, the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA), were presented today on the final day of the European Forum on Disaster Risk Reduction in Croatia.

Report for the period 2009-2011:

The main objective of this report is to identify key trends in terms of progress made and challenges faced, at both national and regional levels, through the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) in