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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…
… from 44 countries which submitted entries this year and won the €100,000 prize for its efforts to remove architectural, cultural and technological barriers for … a population of over 100,000 and is one of over 2,000 members of UNISDR’s Making Cities Resilient Campaign. Though affected by the 8.8 earthquake which claimed 525 … own life.” The winning Risk Award entry, “Peňaflor town inclusive safe community: Resilience for all” is part of a larger programme “Inclusive Community” that was …
NEW YORK, 10 June 2014 – Eighteen students at Saint Peter’s University in Jersey City, New Jersey, United States, have just completed the university’s first-ever course on disaster risk reduction, in part as a result of Hurricane Sandy which killed at least 117 people and caused $65 billion worth of damage in the US alone. The pilot course titled “Disa…
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12 June 2014
… across the country are being galvanised by the campaign and they want disaster risk reduction strengthened at community level. Tuesday’s meeting was … authorities and researchers keen on sharing experiences and contributing to the definition of the future of the campaign in Brazil. Colonel José Roberto Rodrigues de … authorities and researchers keen on sharing experiences and contributing to the definition of the future of the campaign in Brazil. Colonel José Roberto Rodrigues de …
GUAYAQUIL, 30 July 2014 - Next year’s World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Japan coincides with the lead-up to the 30th anniversary of the devastating 1985 Mexican earthquake, whose tragic consequences pushed the country into developing one of the world’s most effective disaster prevention and response systems. “We learned from the 1985 earth…
GENEVA, 2 April 2014 – The Head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, Margareta Wahlström, today praised the prompt action of the Chilean government in issuing a timely tsunami warning in response to last night’s earthquake and the orderly evacuation of thousands of people out of harm’s way. Ms Wahlström said: “The effective disaster response an…
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10 April 2014
SANTIAGO DE CHILE, 10 April 2014 - The Head of UNISDR, Margareta Wahlström, arrived yesterday in Chile, where she was received by the President, Michelle Bachelet, prior to a regional consultation on disaster risk reduction with the eleven member countries of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR). They discussed the effectiveness of Chile's earl…
NEW YORK, 15 January 2014 – “Disaster risk reduction should not be seen only as an imperative to protecting investments in development, but also as an opportunity for a transformative shift towards resilient development.” This rousing statement from disaster-prone Bangladesh was one of several calls from governments for disaster and climate risk consid…
NEW YORK, 6 February 2014 – The vital role of cities as engines of climate resilience has been recognised with the appointment of the former mayor of New York City, Michael R. Bloomberg, as Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change, by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, Margareta Wahlst…
GUAYAQUIL, 28 May 2014 - Nearly 60 children and young people from across Latin America and the Caribbean made a strong and colourful claim on Tuesday for their voices to be heard in campaigns to reduce risks of natural disasters and other pressing environmental and social issues. On the opening day of the 4th Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reducti…