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1 July 2016, GENEVA – The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) aim to reduce disaster losses in some of the world’s most hazard prone cities with the initial aid of a €6 million grant from the EU, over the next three years. Mr. Neven Mimica, European Commissioner for Internationa…
PANAMA CITY, 12 October 2016 - The El Niño weather phenomenon was first named by fishermen in Peru where records going back 500 years have detailed its destructive impact especially along the northern coast where it often hits hardest. When the most recent El Niño was first forecast it stirred fearful memories of the 9,300 people who lost their lives i…
13 October 2016, GENEVA –The UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, Mr. Robert Glasser, today marked International Day for Disaster Reduction by recognising five outstanding examples of successful efforts to reduce disaster mortality. Today marks the beginning of the “Sendai Seven Campaign: Seven Targets, Seven Years…
LIMA, 8 December 2016 – Peru is harnessing the power of business to reduce the impacts of natural and human-induced hazards, thanks to the creation of a national chapter of the UNISDR Private Sector Alliance for Disaster Resilient Societies. The alliance, known for short as ARISE, was set up last year by UNISDR and its partners to help companies play t…
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…
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, 21 March 2017 – The United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, Mr. Robert Glasser, today extended his condolences to the people of Peru on the loss of life caused by the on-going deadly rains, floods and landslides which have led to the declaration of a state of emergency. Mr. Glasser said: “Few c…
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…
UNISDR-ROAM/DIP/PER/009/2013 1. 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) mese…
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…