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3 June 2016
GENEVA, 3 June, 2016 - Officials in Paris have closed two of the world’s most famous museums as the River Seine rose above its preliminary alert level of five metres yesterday evoking fears of a repeat of the catastrophic floods of 1910, underlining the critical role of disaster preparedness plans. Staff at the Louvre which houses the Mona Lisa were ev…
07 June 2016, GENEVA - The UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, Mr. Robert Glasser, today praised the French authorities for the country’s disaster preparedness and on-going response efforts in the face of the flood threat in Paris and other parts of the country. Mr. Glasser, who heads the UN Office for Disaster Ri…
GENEVA, August 11, 2016 - Wildfires have been raging across California, the Iberian peninsula, and Provence in the south of France, underlining the growing threat to life and property posed by this natural hazard as global temperatures rise and drought conditions spread in many regions. Mr. Robert Glasser, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representat…
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24 August 2016
GENEVA, 24 August 2016 - This week France is responding to its third heatwave of the summer as it seeks to avoid any repetition of the 20,000 deaths which the nation suffered in 2003 when a Europe-wide heatwave claimed 70,000 lives. Since that catastrophe which was devastating for women and older persons in particular, France has initiated a four-phase…
… PORT VICTORIA, Seychelles, 5 September 2016 - Memories of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami which claimed some 230,000 lives, will be revived this … as 24 countries take part in one of the largest tsunami simulations ever staged. Disaster management officials from Australia, Bangladesh, Comoros, France (La … of UNESCO and for the first time it will be monitored by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and partners as part of the build up to World Tsunami …
… flow from the science side to policymaking and the public, who need to understand how to react in the event of a warning, delegates underlined. Public understanding of … more than 260,000 lives, or an average 4,600 per disaster, surpassing any other natural hazard. The highest toll was in the December 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. It caused an estimated 227,000 fatalities in 14 countries, with Indonesia, Sri Lanka, …
… plays a life-saving role by raising public awareness of how to curb risks, and fosters international cooperation into the bargain. Meteoalarm, which provides … the potential impacts of incoming weather hazards such as storms and floods with simple language and colour coding, is a prime example of the efforts being … goal. Instead of reeling off information about wind speeds or storm categories, people-centred meteorologists lay out what the data will actually mean if and when a …
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…
ISTANBUL, Turkey, 26 March 2017 – Efforts to curb the threats posed by natural and human-induced hazards will go off track if they keep women and girls out of the picture, experts told Europe’s top disaster risk forum today. Sidelining half of society is completely wrongheaded, Ms. Hiba Qasas, Chief, Crisis Prevention, Preparedness and Response at UN W…
PARIS, 7 October 2015 – A French start-up that uses image sensors to monitor water levels in order to head off the threat of flood has today won a pan-European award that recognizes innovative approaches to reducing disaster risk. TENEVIA, based in the Alpine city of Grenoble, received the Damir Čemerin Award at the opening of the three-day European Fo…