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The primary conviction of this report is driven by a concern that people’s exposure and vulnerability, experienced individually and collectively, continue to be twin challenges for the Asia-Pacific region. Faced with growing economic losses and increasingly vulnerable populations, this report has analyzed the drivers of risks and the strategies that are…
GENEVA, 26 January 2012 - Pressing the world for a push on prevention, UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon yesterday stressed that, “Prevention saves billions of dollars and millions of lives”, and pointed to the UN as “the world’s fire brigade in responding to disasters and keeping the peace”. Yesterday, Mr. Ban rolled out his ‘Five Year Action Agenda’…
… GENEVA, 2 February 2012 - The UN Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, Margareta Wahlström, today welcomed the announcement that the World Meteorological Organization’s (WMO) new Weather and Climate Information System has become operational “as a major contribution towards … boost for disaster risk reduction and will have many practical benefits for communities which suffer from weather-related disasters. For the first time, national …
GENEVA, 08 February 2012 - As world governments prepare for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro this June, the UN has published a practical guide "to promote a transition to an inclusive Green Economy." The inter-agency Green Economy Report - Working towards a Balanced and Inclusive Green Economy: A United Nations…
GENEVA, 10 February 2012 - A new groundbreaking report due out next month underlines how the well-being of vulnerable, impoverished populations living in parts of the world most exposed to disasters fuelled by climate change, will be severely undermined in the coming century. A video introducing the Special Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Clim…
GENEVA, 15 February 2012 - A new briefing paper from Oxfam identifies "the limited investment in building resilience and disaster risk reduction (DRR), despite rhetoric to the contrary" as one of main failures of humanitarian aid in recent times. A key theme of Crises in a New World Order: Challenging the humanitarian project is capacity building of st…
… In An Urban World, urges governments to put children at the heart of urban planning and finds that for millions of children urban poverty is intensified by exposure to cyclones, floods, … the report stresses. Children are the most vulnerable to injury and death in disaster-prone areas. UNISDR Chief, Margareta Wahlström, said: "This is a very welcome …
… women through education and access to resources as part of building resilience to disasters at community level. "Progress is being made in reaching the Millennium … who are illiterate. We are handicapping ourselves in the fight against hunger and disasters if women are not given full access to basic schooling. "This year's focus … the world. There is strong evidence to suggest that women are more likely to die in disasters than men and it is often because they are denied access to basic information …
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24 February 2012
GENEVA, 24 February 2012 - The business world is on "the cusp of a major revolution" in its understanding of disaster risk reduction as insurance industry demands force a shift from traditional accounting-based management to risk-based management, according to Rowan Douglas, CEO Global Analytics at Willis Group. Speaking today in Geneva at the second j…
GENEVA, 20 March 2012 - The UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, Margareta Wahlström, today launched a new report by Development Initiatives which highlights major discrepancies in the way that donors allocate funding for disaster risk reduction despite economic losses of over one trillion dollars from disasters so…