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Participants in the COVID-19 "Towards Resilience of Cities" webinar
The urban experience of COVID-19 is “a trigger for us to re-examine the meaning of local resilience,” said Mami Mizutori, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction in a webinar with cities and local government
Hellenic Red Cross volunteers carry out search and rescue work in the devastated village of Mati, east of Athens. PHOTO: Nick Paleologos/ IFRC
“We owe it to those who have lost their lives in Greece and elsewhere to step up efforts on wildfire suppression and prevention," says UNISDR head, Mami Mizutori.
Forest fires are a major concern for European scientists working on disaster risk.
A new European Science and Technology Advisory Group (E-STAG) convened this week in Sofia, Bulgaria, to focus on improving disaster risk knowledge in 55 countries across Europe and Central Asia.
UNISDR head, Robert Glasser (right) in discussion with presenters at the April UNISDR Support Group Meeting, (from left) Benny Jansson, MSB-Sweden, Steve Darvill, Australian Government, and Petronella Norell, MSB-Sweden (Photo: UNISDR)
Sweden is one of the world’s least disaster-exposed countries and over the last twenty years has had one of the lowest casualty rates anywhere in the world for events linked to natural hazards e.g. there were no reported disaster events in 2015 according to the 2016 World Disasters Report.

To guide Europe’s implementation of the four priorities of action and seven global targets of the Sendai Framework, the European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction (EFDRR) agreed to develop a roadmap that will focus on activities for the immediate period

Robert Glasser, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, meets with Ambassador Veronika Bard of Sweden (Photo: UNISDR)
The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction today welcomes a substantial increase in funding from Sweden for its efforts to curb the impact of natural and human-induced hazards.
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.
Warning signs are a critical way to raise public awareness of the risk of tsunamis. Israel dotted its coast with them in the run-up to an exercise this year. (Photo: National Emergency Management Authority of Israel)
Scientists and disaster risk experts from the Mediterranean and beyond have vowed to step up efforts to raise awareness among the general public of how to react to the threat of tsunamis.

This monthly newsletter highlights UNISDR activities around the world. This issue reports on: (i) the launch of the Making Cities Resilient Report 2012; (ii) the 4th session of the Pacific Platform for Disaster Risk Management held in Noumea, New

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.