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GENEVA, 11 May 2015 - The death toll among Nepali schoolchildren would have been significant if the 7.8 magnitude earthquake had struck on a school day instead of a Saturday, the only day when schools are completely closed. This stroke of luck ensured there was no repetition of the thousands of deaths among schoolchildren which occurred as a result o…
ULAN BATOR, 12 May 2015 - The head of UNISDR Margareta Wahlström today met with the Prime Minister of Mongolia, Mr. Chimed Saikhanbileg, as the country embarks on implementing the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the global plan of action adopted in March at the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction. In his dialogue with Ms. Wahlströ…
MANAMA, 13 May 2015 - More than 300 Arab government representatives from the finance, economic, social, environment and technology sectors have developed a regional position for the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals due to be adopted at a UN summit this September. Meeting in the Bahraini capital Manama last week, the Second Session of the Arab Hig…
SANTIAGO DE CUBA, Cuba, May 15, 2015 – The United Nations has unveiled a multimedia application that showcases the work done to help Santiago de Cuba to recover from the impact of Hurricane Sandy, which lashed the island’s second-largest province in October 2012. Learning and sharing lessons is the key to good disaster risk reduction and to strengthenin…
GENEVA, 20 May 2015 - In a statement to the 68th World Health Assembly, the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), today said that the new Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction “has fully embraced the concept of health resilience and recognized that it must be a key area of focus for disaster risk reduction in the immediate future if we…
NAIROBI, 21 May 2015 – Urban planning is a key element in disaster risk preparedness and community resilience in Africa, say experts. Africa is an urbanization hotspot, with 56% of its people predicted to live in urban environments by 2050, up from 40% in 2014, according to the United Nations, which will put the issue sharply in focus at a global confe…
GENEVA, 22 May 2015 - A disaster resilience education and research Roadmap for Europe 2030 has been launched in response to the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, which was adopted by the international community in March. The roadmap considers the challenges and opportunities that must be addressed by higher education in Europe if it is to ef…
PANAMA CITY, Panama, 26 May 2015 - Latin American and Caribbean countries have etched the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction into a regional declaration that sets out their common position ahead of a key United Nations humanitarian summit next year. The Declaration of Guatemala lauds the Sendai Framework as the benchmark for comprehensive risk…
GENEVA, 28 May 2015 – Ensuring weather warnings make sense to the general public will be a key way to help implement a global pact on disaster risk reduction, participants at the World Meteorological Organization’s top forum heard today. Mr. Michel Jarraud, director-general of the UN agency, told the WMO congress that clarity in early warning was essent…
Algiers, 3 June 2015 – Earthquake-prone Algeria offers a case study of how legislation and commitment can help build resilience, as it prepares to implement the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. During a visit to the North African country, UNISDR head Ms. Margareta Wahlström lauded Algeria’s work since the devastating Boumerdès earthquake a…