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PANAMA CITY, 29 December 2016 – Dozens of disaster risk management professionals from across the Americas have been schooled in how to pass on planning skills, thanks to a programme run by UNISDR’s Global Education and Training Institute. With just three years left to meet an international target for increasing the number of countries with specific dis…
Geneva, 12 October 2017 - Following the devastation wrought on his Caribbean island home by Hurricane Maria, the Prime Minister of Dominica, Mr. Roosevelt Skerrit, is calling on the world not “to turn its back” on the problem of climate change and for greater investment in disaster risk reduction. In a message for International Day for Disaster Reducti…
In Spanish: Referencia Numérica: ISDR/C/05/14Valores Fundamentales de las Naciones Unidas: Integridad ● Profesionalismo ● Respeto a la diversidadAntecedentes: 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…
PANAMA, 18 January, 2016 - The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) has launched an awards scheme for 2016 which seeks to support national and regional efforts to reduce disaster loss and the impacts of climate change. CDEMA includes some of the most disaster prone small island States in the world, exposed to sea-level rise, storm surg…
This paper argues that a human rights-based approach (HRBA), i.e. participation in political life, consultation of affected groups in decision-making processes, access to justice, due process, transparency and accountability, provides excellent tools towards a real positive change in disaster risk reduction (DRR), climate change adaptation and mitigatio…
This issue includes:Editorial - Voices & Ideas: - Chosica: Prevention Bears Fruit - Crisis or Mitigation?: The role of relationships between institutions and communities in disaster recovery assistance - Contingency plans for coping with disasters: A need that cannot be postponed - Agents of Change: The Role of Children and Youth in Disaster - The…
CARTAGENA, 21 June, 2018 – Hurricane Mitch, which in 1998 cut a swathe of destruction across Central America, marked a “before and after” for the region’s approach to disaster risk reduction, an international conference heard. The Category 5 storm, the highest on the international rating, caused over 11,000 deaths, more than 7,000 of them in Honduras.…
La Isla Barrio stands in stark contrast to the popular images of palm-fringed beaches frequented by tourists visiting the Dominican Republic. La Isla is one of the many illegal settlements in Santo Domingo Este, the eastern municipality of the nation’s capital. This sprawling community of 300 homes has been constructed on steep hillsides which lead do…