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FLORENCE, 16  June, 2015: More than 350 ministers, mayors and disaster risk reduction experts from around the world are meeting today and tomorrow in Florence to discuss urban resilience to disasters. The High Level Forum on Implementing the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction comes 50 years after the Italian city was devastated by floods whic…
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17 June 2016
FLORENCE, 17 June, 2016 - Ministers, national government officials, mayors and representatives of the United Nations agreed today in Florence on a raft of actions that will make cities more resilient against disasters. Participants were attending a two day High Level Forum on “Implementing the Sendai Framework For Disaster Risk Reduction at the Local L…
30 August 2016, GENEVA – The UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, Mr. Robert Glasser, has written to the Italian Prime Minister, Mr. Matteo Renzi, and expressed his condolences on the tragic loss of life in last week’s earthquake and welcomed the Prime Minister’s commitment to build a culture of prevention in the ea…
GENEVA, 31 August 2016 - Italian Prime Minister, Mr. Matteo Renzi, is to introduce a major overhaul of how the country prepares for earthquakes following last Wednesday’s earthquake in central Italy which has claimed 292 lives so far. The national plan will be called Casa Italia and will include making structures earthquake-proof across the country and…
… first World Tsunami Awareness Day on 5 November, and ahead of International Day for Disaster Reduction on October 13, the focus of which is reducing disaster mortality. Tsunamis, normally sparked by undersea earthquakes, are relatively … past 100 years, 58 have claimed more than 260,000 lives, or an average 4,600 per disaster, surpassing any other natural hazard. The highest toll was in the December …
… BUCHAREST, 28 September 2016 – Scientists and disaster risk experts from the Mediterranean and beyond have vowed to step up efforts … first World Tsunami Awareness Day on 5 November, and ahead of International Day for Disaster Reduction on October 13, the focus of which is reducing disaster mortality. Bridging the “last mile” from science and policy to the public is …
VIENNA, 7 October 2016 – Rolled out in the wake of one of the deadliest storms to strike Europe in decades, the continent-wide weather information service Meteoalarm plays a life-saving role by raising public awareness of how to curb risks, and fosters international cooperation into the bargain. Meteoalarm, which provides alerts that avoid jargon and f…
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9 December 2016
ROME, 9 December 2016 – Italy’s Confindustria business umbrella body and the country’s Civil Protection Department have signed a five-year deal to enhance the resilience of companies and reduce the risk of disasters. A key feature of the newly-inked agreement is a joint action plan for small and medium enterprises, precisely the kind of firms that in m…
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28 December 2016
… of university students from around the world have set their sights on reducing the risk of disasters, during the first-ever edition in Japan of the National Model United … the United States – took part in a special forum entitled “Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction”. The National Model United Nations, which enables participants to … Secretary- General in the National Model United Nations, said the forum on disaster risk reduction was a powerful event. “I’m sure the participants from all over the …
TURIN, Italy, 22 February 2017 – Europe has launched a new drive to protect its heritage sites from the risk of disasters, an issue given added urgency by a string of earthquakes that wrecked age-old buildings in central Italy. The ResCult project, short for “Increasing Resilience of Cultural Heritage” and unveiled on Monday in the northern Italian cit…