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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…
BALACLAVA, Mauritius, 23 November 2016 - Host country Mauritius is using this week’s Africa Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction to profile the challenges facing small island developing states (SIDS) battling a rise in climate-related disasters which constitute an existential threat to many of them. This is the first time that one of Africa’s…
GENEVA, 15 February 2017 – Three cutting-edge plans to harness the power of technology and curb the threats posed by hazards such as floods and epidemics have been shortlisted for an international award that will be presented at the 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction. After intense deliberations over the ten best entrants, the jury of the…
NAIROBI, 10 May 2017 – Rising disasters in Africa’s cities and their links with poverty and rapid, unplanned urbanisation are ever more apparent from tragedies such as the recent rubbish dump landslide in Addis Ababa, which killed at least 113 people. Tackling urban risk will be a key issue when governments and a broad range of other stakeholders, incl…
NAIROBI, 7 June 2017 – Struck three months ago by a cyclone that affected 500,000 of its 24 million people, the climate-vulnerable Indian Ocean nation of Madagascar sees early warning and disaster preparedness as fundamental to its future resilience. Cyclone Enawo, which made landfall in mid-March, claimed 81 lives and injured more than 250 people, acc…
GENEVA, 8 September 2017 - The UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, Mr. Robert Glasser, today expressed his deep concern at the volume of extreme weather events unfolding across the world and the implications for future loss of life and economic damage to the world economy. Mr. Glasser said: “There can be little do…
YAOUNDE, 13 October 2015 – Residents of a flood-prone community in Cameroon’s capital Yaoundé are deploying local knowledge to curb the risk of disasters and epidemics by tackling the trash that blocks drainage ditches. To honour its members' efforts, the 25,000-strong community of Nkolbikok has been named a Champion of Disaster Risk Reduction by UNISDR…
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16 December 2015
KAMPALA, 16 December 2015 – Without addressing the growing levels of disaster and climate risk, the Government of Uganda fears that 43% of the population could regress into poverty. The government is committed to delivering major reductions in disaster losses over the next ten years as it presses ahead with implementation of the Sendai Framework for Di…
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2 February 2016
BUDUDA, Uganda, 2 February 2016 - For decades, Mr. Joel Mayatsya has used traditional knowledge as an early warning system for landslides in the hilly area of Bududa, eastern Uganda, helping his community reduce the risk of a rain-triggered disaster. Mr. Mayatsya, 65, hunts for tell-tale signs such as cracks on the steep slopes, sightings of migratory…
Landslides can assume catastrophic and disastrous proportions causing immeasurable damage to life and property, and are one of the costliest natural hazards. In South Africa, despite significant strides made towards consolidating data on geohazards in the country, very few studies on mass movement have been documented. Focusing on Khalavha Village, thi…