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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…
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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…
PARIS, 24 February 2017 – Deploying the power of technology worldwide and ensuring that communities know how to act in an emergency are the keys to curbing the risks posed by tsunamis, experts said this week. Senior officials from the world’s regional tsunami alert centres have spent the past four days taking stock of progress in the development and im…
CANCUN, Mexico, 1 March 2017 – Mexico’s historical Maya civilisation created not only a written language and a binary mathematical system, but also a hurricane warning system that still works today. It is housed in the clifftop Templo Dios del Viento, or Temple of the God of the Wind, in Tulum, a Maya site that had its heyday in the years 1200 to 1450.…
GENEVA, 3 March, 2017 - The Americas region meets next week to discuss the best way forward to reduce disaster losses as a new Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) demonstrates the full impact of the devastation wrought on Haiti by Hurricane Matthew in October last year. It also confirms Haiti’s position as the most disaster-prone country in the Ameri…
MONTREAL, Canada 6 March 2017 – Governments from across the Americas are gathering this week in Canada for a high-level conference where they aim to make their vast region more resilient by adopting a plan to curb the risks posed by natural and human-induced hazards. The 5th Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas (RP17), running…
6 March 2017 – There was a call today for urgent support to improve disaster risk management in Haiti following a damning investigation of the country’s losses from Hurricane Matthew six months ago. The UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, Mr. Robert Glasser said: “Hurricane Matthew revealed disturbing truths about…
MONTREAL, Canada, 7 March 2017 – The vast Americas region today started a high-level conference on a wide-ranging plan that will seek to reduce the risks posed by natural and human-induced hazards. The three-day 5th Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas has drawn a thousand delegates from over 50 countries and territories to Mon…