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GENEVA, 18 November 2014 – Financial accounting for disaster risk is an opportunity to strengthen national resilience, leaders from the public and private sector were told today. The Assistant Director of Risk from Colombia’s Ministry of Finance and Public Credit, Ms Sandra Lucero Rodriguez Samacá, said: “We have looked at risk as an opportunity. This m…
GENEVA, 19 November 2014 - Work is to continue on the negotiation of the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction following two days of debate and discussion at the 2nd Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) for the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction which concluded in Geneva yesterday evening. Negotiations will continue through Decem…
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27 November 2014
INCHEON, 27 November 2014 – The Hyogo Framework for Action has been an important guide to disaster risk managers working to build resilience on one of the world’s most exposed and vulnerable coasts. Mahmudur Rahman, who has been responsible for disaster risk management for the coastal district of Barguna, Bangladesh, for eight years, said the HFA’s foc…
YEREVAN, 1 December 2014 – The Armenian city of Spitak, at the epicentre of the devastating 1988 earthquake, is a reminder of why current efforts to forge an ambitious post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction are so important. The city in northern Armenia is an inspiring symbol of what international cooperation can achieve when there is a collect…
YEREVAN, 3 December 2014 – The global effort to forge a 2015 framework for disaster risk reduction – an updated Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) - has championed inclusiveness as a key strength for the future resilience of communities and nations. Persons living with disabilities, who comprise an estimated 15% of the global population, are one such grou…
YEREVAN, 3 December 2014 – Global policymakers were today urged to grasp the opportunity of the upcoming Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction #wcdrr as a key moment in collective efforts to build safer and more resilient nations www.wcdrr.org. The Armenian Minister of Territorial Administration and Emergency Situations, Mr. Armen Yerit…
GENEVA, 3 December 2014 — UNISDR’s Making Cities Resilient Campaign usually recognizes exceptional performance by cities and towns in disaster risk management but today it granted role model status to São Paulo State, Brazil, for its ability to mobilise 211 cities and towns in the populous state to join the Campaign. The four-year old campaign now has…
GENEVA, 4 December 2014 - Government and schools were closed today in the Philippines coastal city of Tacloban as thousands of families flocked to evacuation centres ahead of the feared arrival of another “super typhoon” at the weekend. Typhoon Hagupit, locally named Ruby, intensified into a super typhoon earlier today, carrying sustained winds of 240…
TBLISI, 5 December 2014 – Telavi, one of the most ancient cities of Georgia, has become the country’s first municipality to join the Making Cities Resilient Campaign. City Mayor Platon Kalmakhelidze said that being part of UNISDR’s thriving global campaign would help Telavi avoid a repeat of the scale of losses experienced as a result of a severe storm…
GENEVA, 8 December 2014 — As negotiations resume this week in Geneva on a global agreement on disaster risk management, the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) said the Philippines “zero casualty” approach to managing Typhoon Hagupit was further evidence of Asia’s leadership role in reducing mortality and tackling economic losses from disaste…