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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…
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador, 24 June 2015 – Disaster risk reduction needs to be a key component of development in order to secure sustainable results, UNISDR’s head Ms. Margareta Wahlström told a key meeting in Central America, one the most climate-vulnerable regions in the world. Addressing the 3rd Consultative Forum of the Central American Policy for I…
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29 June 2015
LEON, Nicaragua, 29 June 2015 – Volunteers in Nicaragua are deploying the graphic power of comics to spread the message that disasters are not natural but a result of the collective failure of communities to cope with hazards. Nicaragua and its fellow Central American nations lie in one of the most climate-vulnerable regions of the world, where degrada…
MAR DEL PLATA, Argentina, 9 July 2015 – Argentina has rolled out a new plan to ensure that the interests of people with disabilities are part of its efforts to tackle disaster risk, an inclusive approach that reflects the goals of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. The “Inclusive Plan for Emergency and/or Disaster Situations” (PISEC), wh…
SANTIAGO DE CUBA, Cuba, 21 August 2015 – A group of Cuban students has won an international prize awarded to budding architects who deploy their talents to reduce the risk of disasters. The four-member team from the Central University Marta Abreu de las Villas won their award at the 7th i-Rec student competition in London, where the jury lauded their p…
4 September 2015, GENEVA – The head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), Margareta Wahlström, today extended her condolences to the people of the small island state of Dominica as they enter a second day of national mourning for the 31 people who have died and the 35 reported missing in the wake of a tropical storm which arrived with l…
17 September 2015, GENEVA - The head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), Margareta Wahlström, today congratulated the Chilean government on its successful efforts to reduce disaster risk and minimise the number of casualties from the 8.3 magnitude earthquake and tsunami which occurred last night. Ms. Wahlström said: “Chile’s investmen…
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18 September 2015
GENEVA, 18 September 2015 - The head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), Margareta Wahlström, will take part tomorrow in the 30th anniversary commemoration of the earthquake which struck Mexico City on September 19, 1985. This will include the activation of a new Seismic Warning System operated through 8,200 loudspeakers, to familiari…
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21 September 2015
GENEVA, September 21, 2015 - The head of UNISDR, Margareta Wahlström, praised Mexico for its commitment to reducing disaster losses and avoiding the creation of new risk, during talks with the government and in a speech to mark the 30th anniversary of the deadly 1985 earthquake on Saturday. September 19 also saw the activation of a new Seismic Warning S…
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2 October 2015
EL SOLĺS, Guatemala, 2 October 2015 - The tiny community of El Solís in rural Guatemala is tapping into its local knowledge on biodiversity and maintaining a native seeds bank to help it cope with drought, food insecurity and climate change. El Solís is a small community of 51 families or 306 persons, located in the basin of the San Vicente River, Z…