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MEXICO CITY, 12 January 2016 – UNISDR chief Mr. Robert Glasser has hailed 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction host Mexico as a shining example of how to manage the threats posed by hazards. “The way Mexico manages disaster risks shows the effectiveness of its civil protection system and its enormous capacity to mobilise and unite all Mexic…
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, 16 January 2017 – Seven years on from the devastating earthquake in Haiti, countries from across the Caribbean are working hard to reduce the risks posed by seismic threats, as part of their wider drive towards sustainable development. The magnitude-7.0 quake of 12 January, 2010, claimed around 150,000 lives and affected over thre…
ASUNCIÓN, 20 January 2017 – More than 34 million people in Latin America and the Caribbean still suffer from hunger, but the region is boosting its ability to make agriculture sustainable and ensure food security by curbing disaster risk. The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) have worked…
MOSCOW – 27 January 2017 – Russia’s oldest city and another that will host matches in the 2018 football World Cup are among the first six communities in the Russian Federation to join UNISDR’s Making Cities Resilient campaign. Kazan, Almetyevsk and Naberezhnye Chelny in the Republic of Tatarstan, and Buynaksk, Derbent and Kaspiysk in the Republic of Da…
GENEVA, 2 February 2017 – Sites such as mangroves, coral reefs, flood plains or peat marshes are natural buffers against weather hazards including storms and floods, according to experts marking this year’s World Wetlands Day. “Disasters and disaster risk are rising,” said Ms. Jane Madgwick, Chief Executive Officer of Wetlands International. “Ninety pe…
2 February 2017, NEW YORK/GENEVA – The United Nations General Assembly today adopted a  resolution containing indicators for measuring global progress in reducing disaster losses. The same resolution also includes a comprehensive A to Z overhaul of terminology related to disaster risk reduction to guide policymakers and decision-makers working on strat…
GENEVA, 3 February 2017 -  There was resounding support yesterday in the UN General Assembly for a resolution which saw indicators adopted for measuring global progress on reducing disaster losses and a revision of terminology related to disaster risk reduction. The resolution was co-sponsored by 61 UN Member States almost two years after the adoption…
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6 February 2017
SANTIAGO, 6 February 2017– In the midst of Chile’s worst forest fires in five decades, award-winning local campaigners have spotlighted the need to ensure that people with disabilities are not forgotten in emergency operations and disaster risk reduction. According to official sources, the fires have hit more than 547,190 hectares, claimed 11 lives and…
GENEVA, 7 February 2017 - The global state of disaster risk reduction will come under scrutiny as never before in May 2017, when 5,000 government and civil society representatives are expected in Cancun, Mexico, to assess progress on rolling back disaster risk and preventing the creation of new risk. This will be the first opportunity to review impleme…
GENEVA, 8 February 2017 – The Philippines, one of the most disaster risk-prone nations in the world, is stepping up efforts to ensure that its communities can withstand natural and human-induced hazards. “If we’re able to reduce risk then there may be no need for response. So the more we focus on prevention and mitigation, the less we might need to res…