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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…
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…
… 26 years ago. “It is so important that people are more aware on how to be safe from disasters and I feel that my direct experience in such situations helps me to better … Day of Disaster Reduction focused on persons living with disabilities and disasters. To mark the day, a first-ever UN global survey on the issue revealed that … 26 years ago. “It is so important that people are more aware on how to be safe from disasters and I feel that my direct experience in such situations helps me to better …
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…
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8 December 2014
GENEVA, 8 December 2014 – The 2015 Sasakawa Award has generated a huge response with 88 nominations of individuals and organizations received from a remarkable 44 countries. And the four judges – from Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania – have taken the first important step by announcing their first long list of 33 nominations that remain in…
… of journalism schools from the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Cambodia, Lao PDR and Myanmar met for two days in Manila to discuss how to integrate disaster … schools. Representatives from Universities of Thailand, Myanmar, Indonesia, Lao PDR , Cambodia and the Philippines explained how reporters were trained in their … of journalism schools from the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Cambodia, Lao PDR and Myanmar met for two days in Manila to discuss how to integrate disaster …
BRUSSELS, 11 December 2014 – Kamnik has become the first town in the Balkan state of Slovenia to join UNISDR's Making Cities Resilient Campaign. An event last week to mark the move brought together representatives from national and local authorities, and dozens of firefighter volunteers. “Slovenia as well as the municipality of Kamnik are very prone to…
PODGORICA, 16 December 2014 – Montenegro today became the 27th country in Europe to launch a National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, a key step towards implementing the world’s first global blueprint for reducing disaster risk, the Hyogo Framework for Action. “Proving the added value of investment in disaster prevention is no easy task. In fact,…
KHAO LAK, THAILAND, 26 December 2014 - It’s exactly ten years since the Indian Ocean Tsunami struck countries across the region, claiming 227,00 lives and leaving communities reeling. The tragedy, which echoed around the globe, threw the spotlight squarely on just how vulnerable the world is to natural hazards. It was also a stark reminder of the impor…
PHUKET, 29 December 2014 - A decade on from the Indian Ocean Tsunami, lessons have been learned and applied across the region. For the upscale Le Meridien Phuket Beach Resort, disaster preparedness was the watchword even before the tragedy, with resilience seen as part and parcel of good business. “At the time when the tsunami struck in 2004, Phuket ha…