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FLORENCE, 16  June, 2015: More than 350 ministers, mayors and disaster risk reduction experts from around the world are meeting today and tomorrow in Florence to discuss urban resilience to disasters. The High Level Forum on Implementing the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction comes 50 years after the Italian city was devastated by floods whic…
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17 June 2016
FLORENCE, 17 June, 2016 - Ministers, national government officials, mayors and representatives of the United Nations agreed today in Florence on a raft of actions that will make cities more resilient against disasters. Participants were attending a two day High Level Forum on “Implementing the Sendai Framework For Disaster Risk Reduction at the Local L…
30 August 2016, GENEVA – The UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, Mr. Robert Glasser, has written to the Italian Prime Minister, Mr. Matteo Renzi, and expressed his condolences on the tragic loss of life in last week’s earthquake and welcomed the Prime Minister’s commitment to build a culture of prevention in the ea…
GENEVA, 31 August 2016 - Italian Prime Minister, Mr. Matteo Renzi, is to introduce a major overhaul of how the country prepares for earthquakes following last Wednesday’s earthquake in central Italy which has claimed 292 lives so far. The national plan will be called Casa Italia and will include making structures earthquake-proof across the country and…
BUCHAREST, 27 September 2016 – Nations on the Atlantic, Mediterranean and Black Sea have decided to bolster their tsunami warning systems by giving France, Greece, Italy and Turkey a regionwide alert role. The decision came at a meeting of the 39-country Intergovernmental Coordination Group for the Tsunami Early Warning and Mitigation System in the Nor…
BUCHAREST, 28 September 2016 – Scientists and disaster risk experts from the Mediterranean and beyond have vowed to step up efforts to raise awareness among the general public of how to react to the threat of tsunamis. “Public awareness is one of the most important activities,” said Professor Ahmet Cevdet Yalciner of Turkey’s Middle East Technical Univ…
… of the efforts being celebrated in the upcoming edition of International Day for Disaster Reduction. The day, which is held every 13 October, is an annual celebration of what … mortality, which is also the first target of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, a 15-year international agreement adopted last year. Reducing the risk
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9 December 2016
ROME, 9 December 2016 – Italy’s Confindustria business umbrella body and the country’s Civil Protection Department have signed a five-year deal to enhance the resilience of companies and reduce the risk of disasters. A key feature of the newly-inked agreement is a joint action plan for small and medium enterprises, precisely the kind of firms that in m…
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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,…
TURIN, Italy, 22 February 2017 – Europe has launched a new drive to protect its heritage sites from the risk of disasters, an issue given added urgency by a string of earthquakes that wrecked age-old buildings in central Italy. The ResCult project, short for “Increasing Resilience of Cultural Heritage” and unveiled on Monday in the northern Italian cit…