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

GP Apply for Side Events
The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) is glad to announce that the application for Side Events of the seventh session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (GP2022) is now open!
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While hazards may be natural, disasters are not. The choices we make can either increase or decrease risk. As the planet slowly warms, parliamentarians can help. Indeed, they can L.A.B.O.R. for resilience.
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Women’s Leadership in Disaster Risk Reduction
December 2021 – The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR), Regional Office for Arab States (ROAS), launched the “Women’s Leadership in Disaster Risk Reduction: Examples from the Arab States,” the first of its kind in the Arab States region, a compilation of best practices drawing from documented experiences of mainstreaming gender in disaster risk reduction. The experiences are collected through desk review and consultation with experts.
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MCR2030 webinar Tunisia
21 December 2021 – The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR), Regional Office for Arab States (ROAS) and the Ministry of Local Affairs and Environment in the Republic of Tunisia organized a national webinar under the title “Resilient Cities: Introduction to the Making Cities Resilient 2030 (MCR2030).” The webinar came as a part of a series of actions to raise awareness and develop competencies of the Arab cities and to empower local governments and support their efforts to reduce risks and build resilience through the MCR2030 programme.
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13 December 2021 – UNDRR ROAS and the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management in Somalia, in collaboration with the Sadar Development and Resilience Institute, launched the National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in Somalia during the Second Consultation Workshop on the National DRR Strategy.
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Beirut  Explosion
14 December 2021 – UNDRR ROAS co-organized a webinar in follow-up to the 2020 Beirut port explosion tackling lessons learned, experiences, and good practices in managing risks of ammonium nitrate storage, handling, and transport in port areas, preventing accidents, and mitigating their consequences. The webinar was co-organized by the United Nations, namely the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, the International Labour Organization, the International Maritime Organization, the United Nations Environment Programme/Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Joint Environment Unit, and United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (Regional Office for Arab States), and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.
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8 Dec 20201 – The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction organized a “Technical Forum on Sendai Framework Monitoring” bringing together the Sendai Framework focal points from Member States, National Statistical Offices and line ministries involved in Sendai Monitoring and/or disaster-related statistics, UN organizations who are supporting the Member States in this process and who are also potential users of the monitoring data, and stakeholders and international organizations with an interest in disaster and climate risk and impact analytics.
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The Asia-Pacific Partnership for Disaster Risk Reduction (APP-DRR) Forum concluded with a strong commitment to accelerate the implementation of the Sendai Framework by leveraging upcoming opportunities and with a confirmation of the dates for the 2022 Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, which will be hosted by Australia in the city of Brisbane.
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UNDRR, UN-SPIDER from UNOOSA and the WMO invite partners and stakeholder to share good practices on lessons learned on Multi-hazard Early Warning Systems.
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Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, Geneva, 13-17 May 2019
The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) is glad to announce that application for the Innovation Platform and the Ignite Stage of the seventh session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (GP2022) is now open.
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UN Resolutions

News and events

SRSG Mami Mizutori, remarks Local Leadership for Climate: Solutions to the Climate Emergency
The Stop Disasters Game encourages thinking about preparedness and emergency planning
School students attending a World Tsunami Awareness Day Event in New York have called for more educational programmes on disaster risk reduction from an early age to be better informed to prevent and deal with disasters, At the event, organized by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction and the Government of Japan, an upgraded version of the educational game Stop Disasters was also launched.
Question time at yesterday's side event on disaster risk reduction at the High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development
A side event at the High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, heard reports back from the recent series of regional meetings on disaster risk reduction and highlighted the importance of DRR to achieving the SDGs.
Petra Nemcova receiving her award at the Japan Society in New York (Photo: UN)
Czech model and entrepreneur Petra Nemcova was yesterday officially recognized by Robert Glasser, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction as World Tsunami Awareness Advocate in a ceremony held at the Japan Society in New York.
Ambassador Cristián Barros Melet of Chile introduces the resolution at the United Nations General Assembly (Photo: UNISDR)
The United Nations General Assembly today adopted a resolution containing indicators for measuring global progress in reducing disaster losses.
Raising public awareness of disaster risk reduction: UNISDR's Neil McFarlane (centre) with presenters Paula-Anne Porter Jones (left) and Alan Magnus (right) at Radio Jamaica RJR 94FM
The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) has called on governments, businesses and communities in island nations to work together to curb the impact of hazards stoked by climate change.
Tsunami survivors and campaigners Ms. Petra Nemcova (right) and Mr. Tomas Alvarez Belon (left), with Mr. Neil McFarlane of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (Photo: UNISDR)
One is a Czech model-turned-activist, and the other a student who hails from Spain. Their lives changed forever on 26 December 2004, when they were caught up in the tragedy of the Indian Ocean Tsunami. Both have become tireless campaigners for disaster risk reduction.
Tsunami damage in the Toyoma District of Iwaki City, Fukushima Prefecture (Photo: Fukushima Prefecture)
The future of Fukushima Prefecture dramatically changed on 11 March 2011. A 9.0 magnitude earthquake off Japan’s eastern seaboard unleashed a powerful tsunami that triggered a devastating nuclear meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant.
Mr. Donovan Guttieres, of the United Nations Major Group for Children and Youth, makes a point during the discussion on involving communities in reducing disaster mortality (Photo: UNISDR)
The risk of dying in a hurricane or flood is lower today than it was 20 years ago, in most parts of the world. In Haiti, however, the toll of Hurricane Matthew has already reportedly passed 1,000. The issue of how to reach countries and communities left behind and struggling to reduce their disaster mortality rates was the focus of a meeting at United Nations Headquarters, held ahead of International Day for Disaster Reduction.
Mr. Robert Glasser, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction (right) met with Ms. Julie Bishop, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, on the sidelines of the UN Summit on Refugees and Migrants
Governments at the UN Summit on Refugees and Migrants have adopted a landmark declaration that underlines the role of environmental degradation, climate change and disasters alongside conflict as drivers of the ongoing crisis.
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