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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…
YEREVAN, 3 December 2014 – The global effort to forge a 2015 framework for disaster risk reduction – an updated Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) - has championed inclusiveness as a key strength for the future resilience of communities and nations. Persons living with disabilities, who comprise an estimated 15% of the global population, are one such grou…
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…
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…
BRUSSELS, 11 April 2014 – A major step towards implementation of a disaster risk financing framework in South Eastern Europe has been taken with the completion of a first round of training workshops on new approaches to earthquake insurance last month. Paola Albrito, Head of UNISDR’s Europe Office, said: “The countries in South East Europe face a wide…
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3 June 2014
SUVA, 3 June 2014 – Not one child died at a school or kindergarten during the Christchurch earthquake of February 2011. It was one of the few bright spots from the major disaster that hit New Zealand’s principal city of its South Island. That remarkable statistic was also a resounding endorsement of the country’s efforts to teach its children to ‘Drop,…