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Reference number: ISDR/C/05/14 United Nations Core Values: Integrity ● Professionalism ● Respect for diversity Background: Created in December 1999, the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction and secretariat of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) is the designated focal point in the United Nations system for the coor…
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…
GENEVA, 8 June 2012 - The magnitude 4.0 earthquake recorded off the coast of Antigua on 11 May is "a warning that the Caribbean should prepare for a much more severe earthquake to come," says a leading expert. Seismologist Joan Latchman of the Seismic Research Unit in Trinidad and Tobago said: "Caribbean islands lie in an area of relatively high earthq…
The updated Suriname Country Document on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) analyses the status of disaster risk reduction at the district and community levels, namely the two districts of Para and Commewijne, and pilots the Criteria to Identify Key Actions for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Planning.  The study identified hazards randing from flooding, coas…