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GENEVA, 15 July 2014 – Future progress to reduce disaster risk rests, in large part, on expanded and stronger public-private sector partnerships, the Intergovernmental Preparatory Committee of the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction heard today. Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer of AECOM Technology Corporation Gary Lawren…
MILAN, 9 July 2014 – Efforts to ensure political commitment to a new global agreement on reducing disaster losses have received a major boost as representatives from 40 European countries agreed to a series of sweeping recommendations designed to build resilience to disasters. Europe experienced over 40 major disaster events last year affecting millio…
GENEVA, 7 July 2014 - Figures released today show that for the fourth consecutive year, direct economic losses from major reported disasters have exceeded $100 billion. It has happened on seven occasions since 2004 including the last four years: 2010 ($138 bn), 2011 ($371 bn), 2012 ($138 bn) and 2013 ($116 bn). Some 315 disasters killed 22,000 people i…
GENEVA, 11 July 2014 - A new review of disaster losses from 1970 to 2012 released today sets the stage for next week’s intergovernmental discussions on a new global framework for disaster risk reduction hosted in Geneva by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR). Two UNISDR partners, the World Meteorological Organization, and the Centre for…
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10 October 2014
… the Balkans and the United Kingdom have experienced heavy floods in the last year, with surging water levels in Serbia in May leading to over 60 deaths and causing more … School of Economics told the 5th annual meeting of the European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction (EFDRR). “Flooding is a pressing issue and will continue to be so. But … steps are taken to prevent flooding, insurers will not extend cover to people living in areas at risk. The problem in many countries is that it is the government …
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15 September 2014
SHARM EL SHEIKH, 15 September 2014 - The Egyptian governorate of South Sinai yesterday advanced a proposal to raise funds from the private sector and other donors, to combat flash floods such as those which destroyed exclusive parts of the Taba Red Sea resort area on May 8. General Khaled Fouda, Governor of South Sinai, Egypt, told a press conference…
… the prevention of new risk from accumulating. In order to focus on building resilience it is now time to agree on a cohesive and coherent post-2015 paradigm where … in 2015. The plenary session, “Integrating DRR and Climate Change Adaptation for Resilience,” also heard from Dr. Aida Diongue Niang, Senegal, who said that climate … Katie Peters, ODI research fellow, drew attention to the fact that between 2005-2009, more than 50% of people impacted by natural disasters lived in fragile and …
GENEVA, 16 January 2014 – A comprehensive study has outlined the path towards a standardized European approach to systematically record and manage disaster loss databases. The report, titled ‘Recording Disaster Losses: Recommendations for a European approach’, is in response to the European Union’s desire to find a mechanism to record systematically di…
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, 29 May 2014 - Ecuador is using policies of poverty reduction to limit the vulnerability of populations to natural hazards and disasters, the 4th Session of the Americas Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction heard yesterday in a wide-ranging discussion on the links between poverty and disasters. Deputy Social Sector Coordinating Minister of Ec…