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PORT VICTORIA, Seychelles, 5 September 2016 - Memories of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami which claimed some 230,000 lives, will be revived this week as 24 countries take part in one of the largest tsunami simulations ever staged. Disaster management officials from Australia, Bangladesh, Comoros, France (La Reunion), India, Indonesia, Iran, Kenya, Madaga…
NAIROBI, Kenya, 15 September 2016 – Lying in the midst of the Indian Ocean, Mauritius is keenly aware of the importance of preparing for natural and man-made hazards alike, and the island nation has been assessing its ability to save lives in the event of an air crash. A clear understanding of the roles and responsibilities of different players and the…
3 November 2016, GENEVA - Singapore and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) have renewed their partnership to strengthen the disaster risk management capacity of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and other developing countries that are vulnerable to natural disasters and are on the front line of climate change.  A joint s…
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21 November 2016
PORT LOUIS, Mauritius, 21 November, 2016 - A packed agenda awaits participants at this week’s 6th Africa Regional Platform which opens tomorrow and will be followed on Friday by the 5th High Level Meeting on Disaster Risk Reduction which is expected to conclude with the adoption of a plan for implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Redu…
BALACLAVA, Mauritius, 22 November 2016 - The UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, Mr. Robert Glasser, today called for “an end to the tyranny of ignorance on disaster risk” on the opening day of the 6th African Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction. Speaking to the media, he said this ignorance was not deli…
BALACLAVA, Mauritius, 23 November 2016 - Host country Mauritius is using this week’s Africa Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction to profile the challenges facing small island developing states (SIDS) battling a rise in climate-related disasters which constitute an existential threat to many of them. This is the first time that one of Africa’s…
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23 November 2016
BALACLAVA, Mauritius, 23 November, 2016 - The challenge of how to ensure coherence across the key frameworks which comprise the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda is a hot issue for discussion this week at the 6th Session of the Africa Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction. Concerns were addressed yesterday on how to avoid working in silos on…
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24 November 2016
BALACALAVA, Mauritius, 24 November 2016 - The drafting committee is expected to work late into the night on the key outcome document from the 6th African Regional Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction following a wide ranging debate on its contents at the closing plenary today. The final draft will be presented to the 5th High Level Meeting on Disaster R…
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25 November 2016
BALACLAVA, Mauritius, 25 November 2016 - The youngest participant at this week’s Africa Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction is ten-month-old Chilal. Her occasional mild interventions from the floor have brought smiles to the faces of more serious-minded participants. Breastfed Chilal is here with her mother, Ms. Oumie Sissokho, Director of Op…
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25 November 2016
BALACLAVA, Mauritus, 25 November 2016 - African countries held a special session yesterday to mark the creation of World Tsunami Awareness Day as they acknowledged a rare but deadly threat which has come to be a worldwide symbol of disaster risk since the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami claimed some 230,000 lives. The UN Secretary-General’s Special Represent…