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13 March 2018
This document is the fifth in a series of hazard-specific risk assessment modules, compiled as part of the Words into Action Guidelines on National Disaster Risk Assessment by UNISDR. This section provides a general introduction to the assessment of biological hazards. This section outlines various approaches to assessing the risk of biological hazards,…
The intention of this paper is to contribute to Sendai Framework Priority 1, “Understanding disaster risk”, and Priority 2, “Strengthening disaster risk governance to manage disaster risk”, by examining biological hazards and by proposing a structure for agencies to mitigate bio-risks. With regard to Priority 1, the paper aims, first, to develop an und…
Ebola outbreaks, which have re-emerged in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), have continued to galvanize the regional and global attention. The outbreaks are likely to transcend borders and threaten the global health crisis, especially ensuring “healthy lives and to promote the well-being for all at all ages,” which is grounded in the Sustainable D…
COVID-19 is both a health pandemic that is killing thousands and a socio-economic crisis that is threatening the welfare of millions. Although the pandemic affects people across all walks of life, certain groups are more impacted than others. This brief, developed by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific,…
Whether refugees living in overcrowded camps or jobless migrant workers forced to return home, the lives of millions of people in Asia-Pacific are threatened by the dangerous combination of displacement and the COVID-19 pandemic.  This brief, developed by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, highlights t…
Less than a month after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a global pandemic, Category 5 Tropical Cyclone Harold slammed into Vanuatu devastating large parts of this Pacific small island developing state. As several other countries in the Asia-Pacific region enter their cyclone, drought, heatwaves or monsoon seasons, the potential for…
In order to promote the exchange of experiences and a coordinated response to the COVID-19 pandemic, representatives of the governing bodies for disaster risk management (DRM) of different countries in the Americas and Caribbean region met on April 14. This initiative, proposed and organized jointly by the UNDRR Regional Office for the Americas and the…
Confusion and disinformation have been a feature of the COVID-19 pandemic. The press has tried to plough through an avalanche of information to illustrate the situation from various  perspectives, but a focus on day-to-day coverage combined with a lack of access to diverse and reliable sources has complicated the task.  UNDRR organised this webinar to…
The COVID-19 pandemic is a stark demonstration that, in a connected and globalized world, risk is more systemic than ever: what was initially a health disaster quickly became a socioeconomic one with long-term impact, highlighting the urgent need for a whole-of-society approach towards prevention and risk-informed recovery and development.This report pr…