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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…
CAIRO, 4 May 2017 – Countries from across the Arab region have set out their collective stance ahead of the looming 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, following similar moves by other parts of the world. Hosted by Qatar, the 3rd Arab Preparatory Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction came three weeks before the Global Platform gets underw…
MELBOURNE, Australia, 10 May 2016 – Tsunami experts from across the Indian Ocean have gathered in Australia this week to work on ways to improve their ability to ward off a repeat of the tragedy that struck the region in 2004. The five-day session, run by UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission and hosted by the Australian Bureau of Meteoro…
MELBOURNE, Australia, 12 May 2016 – World Tsunami Awareness Day makes its debut on the international calendar this November, and disaster experts from around the Indian Ocean have been given an early opportunity to step up and get involved. Participants in a 14-country tsunami-focused gathering run by UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission…
MELBOURNE, Australia, 13 May 2016 – It’s 6:00 am one September day when a powerful undersea earthquake rocks the Makran Trench along the coast of Pakistan and Iran. Minutes later, the tsunami warning centres in India and Indonesia issue simultaneous alerts, followed rapidly by their counterpart in Australia, and authorities across the Indian Ocean swing…
Background In the Arab region, the League of Arab States (LAS) is taking the lead in promoting the integration of disaster risk reduction in key regional policies on climate change, environment and disaster management coordination mechanisms. It also supports and calls for the implementation of HFA at the regional and national levels and promotes the co…
“Reduce disaster loss and protect lives.” CAIRO, 14 March 2018 - That refrain echoed through Cairo, the capital city of Egypt as a 3-day training event kicked off this week bringing together representatives from 11 Arab States committed to implementing the global plan for reducing disaster losses, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. Rep…
This report seeks to measure progress in the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) implementation in the Arab Region by synthesizing the outcomes of the HFA national progress reports submitted in the period 2005-2015 by 15 Arab countries. The main goal of this report is to provide an overview of trends in progress, challenges and gaps in implementing the HF…
This paper synthesizes the consultations held at the regional, national and local levels throughout the Arab region on the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction, the successor of the Hyogo Framework for Action. This report include the outcomes of various consultations held in the Arab region between 2012 and 2014, including during the First Ar…