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The morning after La Soufriere volcano carpeted St Vincent and the Grenadines with millions of tons of ash, disaster management expert La Fleur Quammie put on goggles and a mask to head through an eerie landscape to coordinate her team helping people in emergency shelters.  Months of awareness-raising and extensive TV, radio and social media messaging…
The Regional Forum to Build Back Better in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Arab Region was concluded with a speech by His Excellency Major General Khaled Fouda, Governor of South Sinai. He stressed the importance of cooperation with the UNDRR Regional Office for the Arab States (ROAS) to the resilience of Egypt's governorates and their readin…
The Asia-Pacific Partnership for Disaster Risk Reduction (APP-DRR) Forum concluded with a strong commitment to accelerate the implementation of the Sendai Framework by leveraging upcoming opportunities and with a confirmation of the dates for the 2022 Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, which will be hosted by Australia in th…
ASHGABAT, 16 February 2022 - With the support of the European Union, the Government of Turkmenistan and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) convened a high-level meeting with the members of the newly established Interagency Working Group for Disaster Risk Reduction. The high-level participants discussed the role and functions…
The spread of the coronavirus COVID-19 continues to be a challenge for all states around the globe. The Member States of the European Union have experienced first-hand how deadly the risks of the virus can be and how important it is to be prepared and mitigate the risk of any type of emergency. Since the start of the pandemic in the first quarter of 202…
Trinidadian entrepreneur Stacey-Ann Pi Osoria has built her one-woman business on emergencies. Selling inflatable sandbags, flood barriers and mobile shelters, she provides the vital equipment and training her clients need to reduce their disaster risk.  But when COVID-19 hit, she faced her own crisis as the equipment orders her company PODS Marketing…
As hotels grab prime seafront land along Barbados’ west coast, the road through Mullins offers an increasingly rare “window to the sea” with unhindered views over the blond beach and shallow Caribbean waters beyond.   But for Kimberley Agard, who chairs the local district emergency organization, it’s this proximity to the sea that puts Mullins at risk …
Cruise ships are steaming back to Caribbean ports, airlines are ramping up flights and the vaccine roll-out is underway but it could still be several years before countries recuperate from the pandemic that has rocked the region, say experts. Despite the deep scars left by the crisis, countries now have a fresh focus on health, resilience and regionali…
November 18, 2021, BRUSSELS – Barcelona, Greater Manchester, Helsingborg and Milan have been unveiled as the first four European cities recognised as “Resilience Hubs” for their policy and advocacy work in addressing growing climate and disaster risks. The cities were chosen by the Making Cities Resilient 2030 initiative and will serve three-year terms…
Residents of Dili, Timor-Leste had been sleeping when flashfloods started inundating the capital in the early hours of April 4, 2021. As floodwaters brought by days of rains surged and began sweeping away houses along the Comoro river, many locals abandoned their homes to find safety. With no information on what to do or where to go, people took shelte…