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PANAMA CITY, 22 December 2016 – A network of hundreds of cities across South America has pledged to step up regional efforts to reduce disaster risk and boost sustainable development. The 21st edition of the Mercocities Summit, held in Santa Fe, Argentina, put the focus squarely on the links between climate change, poverty and damaging development. “W…
GENEVA, 4 April, 2017- As the reported death toll from Saturday’s mudslide disaster rose to 273, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, Mr. Robert Glasser, extended his condolences to the people of Colombia and the affected communities of Mocoa on the loss of life caused by the heavy rains and mudslides exacerbate…
A nightmare scenario for any community is to be taken by surprise in the middle of the night by a sudden disaster such as the mudslide that swept away hundreds of lives earlier this month in the Amazonian town of Mocoa in Putamayo, Colombia. Heavy rain over a three-hour period combined with deforestation and unstable soils to reveal once more that huma…
External evaluation of the implementation of UNISDR's regional project DIPECHO South America 2011-2012. Evaluación externa de la implementación del proyecto regional UNISDR para DIPECHO América del Sur 2011-2012.Proyecto: Fortaleciendo la Reducción del Riesgo de Desastres en América del Sur a través de la promoción de la implementación de las prioridade…
UNISDR-ROAM/DIP/COL/008/20131. Nombre del proyecto: Fortalecimiento de la Reducción del Riesgo de Desastres (RRD) en América del Sur a través de un mayor fomento de las prioridades del Marco de Acción de Hyogo (MAH) a nivel local, nacional y regional 2013-2014 2. Duración de la consultoría: 17 meses con periodo de prueba de los primeros tres (3) meses.…
In Spanish:Oficina de las Naciones Unidas para la Reducción del Riesgo de Desastres (UNISDR) Creada en diciembre de 1999, la Oficina de las Naciones Unidas para la Reducción del Riesgo de Desastres (UNISDR por sus siglas en inglés) es el punto focal designado en el sistema de las Naciones Unidas para la coordinación de la reducción del riesgo de desastr…
13 October 2015, GENEVA – Eight communities living with the threat of floods, storms, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions were today recognised as Champions of Disaster Risk Reduction by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR). The head of UNISDR, Margareta Wahlström, said: “Today we mark International Day for Disaster Reduction by highlighti…
PANAMA, 20 October 2015 – The resilience of the Nasa indigenous community in Colombia has been recognized 21 years after they lost over 1,000 people in a flood and earthquake which struck on June 6, 1994. Living along the banks of the Páez, they have also been coping successfully with the reactivation of the Nevado de Huila volcano in 2007. The volcan…
13 November 2015, GENEVA – The head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), Margareta Wahlström, today described the eruption of the Nevado del Ruiz volcano which claimed 25,000 lives in Colombia on November 13, 1985, as “a major turning point in the history of disaster risk management.” In a statement to mark the 30th anniversary, Ms. W…
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…