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. 


mangrove trees that were hit by the Tsunami several years ago on a beach in the Aceh Indonesia
In the wake of the 2004 tsunami, coastal forests helped dampen damage from the tsunami. Building on this, an Indonesian NGO called 'Yagasu' are using mangroves to bolster ecosystem-based disaster risk reduction, improve local livelihood, and aid in climate change mitigation and adaptation.
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National Consultation Workshop in Lebanon
11 October 2021 – UNDRR ROAS, in coordination with the Disaster Risk Management Unit (DRMU), organized a national consultation workshop in Lebanon at the Presidency of the Council of Ministers (PCM), under the framework of UNDRR and the Government of
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International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction in Jordan
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Jordan organized a commemoration of the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction, under the patronage of the National Center for Security and Crises Management, and the participation of the UNDRR Regional Office for Arab States (ROAS), World Food Programme in Jordan, and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation. The commemoration took place along the National Consultation Workshop to update the National Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction organized and coordinated by UNDRR ROAS.
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The compound effects of these events with the COVID-19 pandemic during the last 18-months, clearly demonstrates the need for greater investment in disaster risk reduction and a multi-hazard approach to disaster risk management. Europe has seen a number of dramatic events across its territory, many of which exacerbated by the impacts of climate change. Climate extreme events such as flooding and wild fires have caused great trauma across different regions of Europe, as seen with the dramatic forest fires in Greece and the Mediterranean basin, floods affecting Germany, Belgium and Luxembourg this summer and only recently in parts of France, to name but a few. Other natural disasters such as the volcanic eruption severely affecting the Canary Islands demonstrate the very complex risk landscape across the European region and the extent to which solidarity and cooperation in these difficult times is critical.
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Mami Mizutori
Ever increasing numbers of people are losing their homes and livelihoods in extreme weather events, such as those which displaced 30 million people last year. There has been a shocking escalation of world hunger to the point where over two billion people struggled to feed themselves adequately in 2020 and 811 million people face chronic hunger. As successive FAO reports have demonstrated, a doubling of disaster events over the last twenty years has had a huge impact on food production, especially in developing countries with strong dependence on the agricultural sector, not least through drought, pests, floods, storms, heatwaves, and rising sea levels.
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International cooperation to developing countries to support their implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk is the focus of this year’s International Day. The Sendai Framework is the global blueprint adopted in 2015 by all UN Member States including the United Arab Emirates to reduce disaster losses and disaster risk. Enhancing international cooperation is one of the seven global targets of the Sendai Framework, and now is an excellent moment to reflect on this target when the world is trying to cope with planetary emergencies triggered by risk drivers such as global warming, the COVID-19 pandemic, drought and desertification, and increasing poverty in all parts of the globe.
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Mami Mizutori (UNDRR) and Prof. Petteri Taalas (WMO)
Launch of the Centre of Excellence for Climate and Disaster Resilience, by WMO and UNDRR
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Official Launch of the Latin American and caribbean Network of Women for DRR
Through the Latin American and Caribbean Network of Women for Disaster Risk Reduction, women and girls will come together to share experiences, ideas and innovative and transformative solutions to the challenges posed by disaster risk.
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Group of people brainstorming on globe
The focus of this year’s IDDRR on 13 October is on a topic which has been pushed to the fore by the debates raging around the faltering response to planetary emergencies such as the COVID-19 pandemic an, the climate emergency.
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IDDRR Special Session at Expo 2020 Dubai
13 October 2021 – The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, Regional Office for Arab States, organized a commemoration of the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction this year by organizing a special session at the UN Hub at Expo 2020
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