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17 November 2016, MARRAKECH, Morocco - African Least Developed Countries and Pacific Islands will be the first to benefit from upgraded early warning systems against weather and climate-related shocks under an action plan outlined at the United Nations climate change conference. Mali, Burkina Faso, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Small Island…
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28 December 2016
KOBE, Japan, 28 December 2016 – Hundreds 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 Nations. The 350 students from institutions in 11 countries – Canada, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Japan, Philippines, Russia,…
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…
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…
MONTREAL, Canada, 7 March 2017 – The concerns and capacities of indigenous peoples need to be taken into account at all times when it comes to curbing disaster risk, leading members of communities from across the Americas said today at a high-level conference. Underlining the message, the three-day 5th Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in t…
MONTREAL, Canada, 8 March 2017 – Canadian businesses have joined a UN-backed drive to bolster resilience to natural and human-induced hazards, sending a strong signal during the Americas region’s top disaster risk reduction conference. “There is a clear mutual interest for the public and private sectors to work together, as the private sector relies on…
MONTREAL, Canada, 9 March 2017 – Baillie the Border Collie stands motionless, eyeballing her handler, then springs into action when he gives the command: “Find it!” The four-year-old is part of the Canada Task Force 2 Disaster Response Team, among the thousand delegates at the 5th Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas. She is o…
MONTREAL, Canada, 9 March 2017 – The Americas region today took a landmark step on the road to resilience by adopting an action plan to tackle the huge array of natural and human-induced hazards that its dozens of countries and territories face. After three days of talks, ministers gathered at the Canadian-hosted 5th Regional Platform for Disaster Risk…
GENEVA, 1 March 2016 – Policymakers working to rein in the impact of climate change and natural hazards must keep the issue of gender squarely in the spotlight, Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Stéphane Dion told a United Nations meeting today. “Climate change does not affect women and men in the same way, and has a gender-differentiated impact…
TORONTO, Canada, 29 March 2016 – Ensuring that companies understand and act on the risks posed by natural and man-made hazards is a vital step towards reducing disaster impacts. Business education offers a tool to achieve this. A dozen universities from Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, India, Indonesia, Jamaica, Mexico, Peru and the United States have…