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GENEVA, 23 June 2014 – A strong turn-out of government ministers and top disaster management officials will ensure high-level political engagement in key discussions at this week’s 6th Asian Ministerial Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction in Thailand which formally opens tomorrow. More than 2,500 representatives from 42 countries are expected in Ba…
GENEVA, 23 June 2014 – The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) today announced it is seeking nominations for the 2015 Sasakawa Award for Disaster Risk Reduction, now in its 24th season, for individuals or groups of people providing extraordinary leadership in creating a safe, healthy, wealthy and resilient future for the planet. “There is ple…
BANGKOK, 25 June 2014 – When implemented, disaster risk reduction laws save lives and strengthen capacity at local and national level, according to a new study released today. In Viet Nam the implementation of new legislation helped reduce the death toll during similar-scale floods in 2000 and 2011, from 600 to 60, said the report, which was launched…
GENEVA, 15 July 2014 - The lack of privacy for women in emergency shelters – managed by men - following the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami was cited today as an example of how gender issues can be overlooked in disaster risk management as civil society took centre stage at preparatory talks in Geneva on the Third UN World Conference on Disaste…
GENEVA, 7 July 2014 - Next week’s intergovernmental meeting (PrepCom) in Geneva is a major milestone on the road to Sendai, Japan, where the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction will convene in March, 2015, to adopt a new global agreement on reducing disaster risk, the head of UNISDR, Margareta Wahlström, said today. Speaking at a press…
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…
APIA, 4 September 2014 - Disaster risk reduction is at the center of a raft of commitments and actions in the outcome document officially adopted today at the conclusion of the four days of the International Conference on Small Island Developing States in Samoa. The outcome document is titled SAMOA – SIDS Accelerated Modalities of Action – Pathway. “I a…
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10 September 2014
SALFORD, 10 September 2014 - The 2nd Steering Committee Meeting of the UNISDR Making Cities Resilient Campaign came to a close yesterday in the city of Salford, Greater Manchester, UK, following two days of intense discussions on how urban priorities can be accommodated in the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction. “The post-2015 framework for…
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…