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GENEVA, October 10, 2014 - Twitter was not around when International Day for Disaster Reduction was launched 25 years ago but it’s proving to be an important rallying platform for this year’s celebration. UNISDR Chief, Margareta Wahlström, today said: “The response from twitter users around the world is going to be a wonderful public tribute to all the…
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NEW YORK, 25 September 2014 – This week’s UN Climate Summit has generated commitments to raise $2 billion of in-kind and direct support for cities threatened by extreme weather events fuelled by climate change. The Resilient Cities Acceleration Initiative, backed by the Rockefeller Foundation and other partners in the Medellin Collaboration for Urban R…
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NEW YORK, 23 September 2014 – Software developers from around the world were recognized today at the UN Climate Summit for their ingenuity in devising life-saving apps for use in reducing the impact of extreme weather events on cities and coastal communities. Entries to the Esri Global Disaster Resilience App Challenge included apps which allow communi…
BANGKOK, 22 September 2014 - Heavy rains have caused major devastation over the weekend in the Philippines, France and Italy and may be further indications of the “new normal” that the world will have to deal with, if no accelerated action is taken to keep global warming within 2˚C. These latest events add to the toll which floods are already taking on…
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GENEVA, 21 August 2014 – The clock is ticking for developers to meet the Global Disaster Resilience App Challenge that is set to benefit millions of urban dwellers around the world. Developers have until Wednesday 27 August to present the best professional/scientific app and the best consumer/public-facing app that can help communities to see, understa…
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PANAMA, 14 August 2014 - With the addition of Aguas da Prata, Brazil, 2,000 cities worldwide are now enrolled in the Global Campaign “Making Cities Resilient: My City is getting Ready!" promoted by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR). About 25% of the cities are located in the Americas, and approximately 11% (226) of all citie…
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CAIRO, 26 May 2014 – Recurrent flooding is becoming more of a threat in the Arab region, a part of the world usually associated with drought and desertification. At least seven people were killed, schools were forced to close and vehicles were swept away in the latest flash flooding the Saudi Arabian province of Hail. The Head of the United Nations Of…
NEW YORK, 19 May 2014 – Following on a statement by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon that “economic losses are out of control and can only be reduced in partnership with the private sector,” the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) today launched the R!SE Initiative to mainstream disaster risk management into corporate planning and investm…
GENEVA, 17 November 2014 – The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today issued a call for action “to save lives, preserve livelihoods and reduce economic losses” as negotiations progress towards a new agreement on disaster and climate risk management. “Natural hazards and climate risk can take a potentially enormous toll on our societies if c…
GENEVA, 17 November 2014 — Over 150 UN Member States are expected in Geneva today to negotiate the text of a new agreement on disaster and climate risk management almost ten years after the first such agreement was adopted following the Indian Ocean tsunami which claimed over 220,000 lives. The Hyogo Framework for Action (2005-2015) – Building the Resi…
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13 October 2014 - 14 October 2014
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14 September 2014 - 16 September 2014
Sharm El Sheikh
The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), the Government of the Arab Republic of Egypt, the South Sinai Governorate and the League of Arab States (LAS) are organizing the 2nd Arab Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction which will take place in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, from 14-16 September 2014. Adhering to the outcomes of the first…
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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…
As the Hyogo Framework for Action nears its conclusion in 2015, global processes have been gaining momentum in the shaping of a Post-2015 Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. This is an important time as Africa became the first region to officially adopt its contribution to the Post-2015 DRR Framework at the 5th Africa Regional Platform for Disaster R…
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GENEVA, 18 November 2014 - An informal Working Group on Targets and Indicators for the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction provided a review of its work to date yesterday to a gathering of government representatives negotiating the text of the first major document of the post-2015 development agenda. The open-ended informal working group wa…

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