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This document presents the programme of the third session of the Global Platform on disaster risk reduction, which main theme, 'Invest today for a safer tomorrow - Increase investment in local action,' covers three main topics: (A) reconstruction and recovery; (B) economics of disaster risk reduction; and (C) alliances with climate change and developmen…
This document outlines the preliminary observations of the Great East Japan Earthquake of 11 March 2011 (GLIDE number: EQ-2011-000028-JPN) including: its type, hypocenter, magnitude; the subsequent tsunami; effects of the earthquake and tsunami in terms of human casualties and economic damage; the disaster affected area; disaster preparedness measures;…
Version 2.1 - draft for comment: The purpose of this document is to describe the thematic classification system that has been developed, with the aim of promoting a better understanding of disaster risk reduction (DRR), and the development of an internationally recognized information classification and exchange standard. It is hoped that a clear set of…
This guidance note shares 'live lessons' learned - told through first-person stories - that contribute to disaster preparedness, mitigation, and a recovery that builds back better. It asserts that telling live lessons have great value as a way to create monuments and memorials, and can be transformative and therapeutic activities for individuals and who…
This monthly newsletter highlights UNISDR activities around the world. This issue reports on: (i) the first RISK Award ceremony at the 4th International Disaster and Risk Conference, Davos 2012; (ii) the devastating floods that hit hard the Philippines); (iii) the request to SRSG for Disaster Risk Reduction Margareta Wahlström made by Japanese school ch…
Investing in resilience - accelerating the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action in the Americas: A declaration in which the participants of the Regional platform for disaster risk reduction in the Americas acknowledge the work being developed in the region surrounding disaster risk reduction, as guided by the principles and priorities set o…
This contributing paper aims to investigate the extent to which community-based disaster risk reduction (CBDRR) in practice really takes into account local knowledge (LK). It is often taken as given that CBDRR serves as a mechanism for the inclusion of local knowledge (LK) in disaster risk reduction (DRR). But the reality from the ground suggests that t…