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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…
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…
04 June 2015, GENEVA – The head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, Margareta Wahlström, today welcomed the UN General Assembly’s endorsement of a new global plan to reduce deaths and injuries, the numbers of people affected and economic losses arising from disasters. Ms. Wahlström said: “The UN General Assembly has moved quickly to endorse t…
NAIROBI, 10 June 2015 – A cholera outbreak in Kenya that is concentrated in the informal settlements shows how entrenched poverty can combine with poor urban planning to breed disasters. An estimated 3, 459 people have been infected with cholera in the outbreak of whom at least 72 have died across Kenya, according to the most recent update. Of Kenya’s…
PARIS, 23 June 2015 - When it comes to quick wins on reducing deaths from man-made hazards, improving the quality of the air that we breathe would be a good start. According to UNEP, not only could it save up to 2.5 million lives annually, it would also help to reduce crop losses and curb climate change by around .6°C. It can also lead to less disrupti…
KAMPALA, 26 June 2015 – Like much of the continent, East Africa is frequently exposed to natural threats such as floods, droughts and landslides, as well as epidemics and man-made hazards, of all which affect livelihoods and development across the region. Efforts to reduce their impact have gained a new impetus, however, thanks to a new initiative spur…
MILAN, Italy, 30 June, 2105 – Social workers can play a crucial part in helping to reduce the risk of disasters thanks to their role in the communities of which they are themselves members, Margareta Wahlström, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction said here today. “You can be the transmission chain,” Ms. Wahlst…
KAMPALA, 22 July 2015 – A five-year initiative to tackle endemic poverty in Uganda’s northern region of Karamoja is expected to boost resilience to natural hazards, especially the recurrent droughts which can decimate livelihoods. The Drylands Integrated Development Project was launched in June to address a swath of challenges which fuel the population…
HARARE, 29 July 2015 – Zimbabwe is working to build its communities’ capacity to understand and reduce disaster risk, in a country often confronted by floods or droughts, but poverty and unemployment can make action a challenge. “There is a growing realisation that the best way to effectively deal with and prevent disasters is to promote an uptake in d…
YAOUNDE, 7 August 2015 – Recovering from floods that killed dozens of people and displaced thousands in June and July, Cameroon is working to rein in risk in its fast-growing urban centres. The capital Yaoundé, with 1.8 million people, and 1.9-million-strong maritime metropolis Douala are both highly flood prone. Over the past two months, some 40,000 p…