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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…
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…
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…
GENEVA, 23 March 2016 – Weather forecasters are a critical part of efforts to rein in the impact of natural hazards such as floods and droughts, which are being stoked by climate change, the head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction said today. Speaking on World Meteorological Day – this year’s theme is “Hotter, Drier, Wetter. Face the Future”…
GENEVA, 27 April 2016 – The world needs to do more to tackle the drawn-out impacts of the strongest El Nino in five decades, senior aid and development officials say, underscoring the call for preparedness and resilience in the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. With the current El Nino sparking extreme weather across the globe, an estimated…
GENEVA, 23 July 2018 – The soaring rise in economic losses from extreme weather events fueled by climate change will be the focus of this year’s International Day for Disaster Reduction on October 13. The Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, Mami Mizutori, said today: “Economic losses from disasters in low and middle-…
GENEVA, 10 October 2018 – The last twenty years have seen a dramatic rise of 151% in direct economic losses from climate-related disasters, according to a report released today by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction in advance of International Day for Disaster Reduction on October 13. In the period 1998-2017, disaster-hit countries reported direc…
BRUSSELS, 4 July 2019 - The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR), the European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats (Hybrid CoE) and the Ministry of the Interior for Finland have joined together to develop a new stress test tool that will help countries understand and improve their ability to reduce risk of hybrid threats and casc…
GENEVA, 11 October 2019 – Climate change is contributing to increasing damage to critical infrastructure around the globe, according to a twelve-year survey of damages caused by small- and medium-scale disasters conducted by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction. Schools, health facilities and roads are regularly damaged by small-scale…
This publication provides a short overview of disaster risk reduction in the Arab region. It focuses on the major risks, why in particular cities are at risk and what are the drivers of disaster risk in the region. Further, the factsheet provides information about the achievements and challenges for the future.