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NAIROBI, 2 June 2016 – Healthy and well-managed ecosystems offer a buffer against hazards and can support local resilience by sustaining livelihoods, making them a cornerstone of efforts to implement the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. The role of environmental protection in curbing the risk of natural and man-made hazards was in focus at…
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…
GENEVA, 5 July 2016 – The UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, Mr. Robert Glasser, today welcomed a call from a group of global leaders to close a US$2.5-billion funding gap and bolster resilience for countries struggling with climate risk, drought and a humanitarian crisis linked to El Niño. “This is exactly…
11 July 2016, GENEVA – The UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, Mr. Robert Glasser,  today launched “The Sendai Seven Campaign – 7 Targets, 7 Years”, an advocacy initiative to encourage implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction with the goal of saving lives, reducing disaster losses and impr…
27 July 2017, GENEVA – The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) today warned of a possible rise in heatwave deaths as climate change drives record warmth around the world, epitomised by the 54ºC recorded in Kuwait last week. Mr. Robert Glasser, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, said: “Millions of p…
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BANGKOK, 23 August 2016 – The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction today received a major boost from the BRICS countries – Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa – which have agreed to set up a joint task force on disaster risk management. India’s Minister of State for Home Affairs and UNISDR Champion, Mr. Kiren Rijiju is the driving fo…
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…
NEW YORK, 20 September 2016 – Governments at the UN Summit on Refugees and Migrants have adopted a landmark declaration that underlines the role of environmental degradation, climate change and disasters alongside conflict as drivers of the ongoing crisis. The “New York Declaration” contains ambitious commitments to find durable solutions and coordinat…
29 September 2016, GENEVA – The UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, Mr. Robert Glasser, today urged world leaders to take note of the profound implications of this month’s record carbon dioxide readings and to increase their level of commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. “It is deeply disturbing to learn…
2017 SASAKAWA AWARD TO RECOGNIZE REDUCTIONS IN GLOBAL DISASTER MORTALITY 10 October 2016, GENEVA – Nominations for the 2017 Sasakawa Award are now being accepted and the judges want to recognize an individual, organization or initiative which has made a substantial contribution towards saving lives and reducing global disaster mortality. The deadline i…