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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…
DAKAR, 19 September 2016 - The government of Senegal is harnessing cutting-edge information and communications technology to manage and reduce disaster risk, with the aim of curbing deaths and economic losses caused by natural and man-made hazards in the West African nation. The “civil protection and new information technologies” initiative was launche…
VICTORIA, Seychelles, 2 October 2016 – A multinational tsunami drill in the Indian Ocean has taught Seychelles key lessons about how to save lives in the event that a potentially deadly wave strikes in the future, according to senior officials in the island nation. Mr. Paul Labaleine, Director of Seychelles’ Division of Risk and Disaster Management, sa…
QUITO, 18 October 2016 – A high level panel has called for innovative approaches to increase financing so that cities become resilient to natural and man-made hazards and other shocks. The call was issued at the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, also known as Habitat III, which is taking place in the Ecuadorean cap…
GENEVA, 14 November 2016 – Diplomats and disaster risk reduction experts today began a third and final round of talks to fix benchmarks of success in curbing the impact of natural and man-made hazards through to 2030. The weeklong meeting in Geneva of the Open-ended Intergovernmental Working Group on Indicators and Terminology Relating to Disaster Risk…
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, 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, 7 August 2015 – Recovering from floods that killed dozens of people and displaced thousands in June and July, Cameroon is working to rein in risk in its fast-growing urban centres. The capital Yaoundé, with 1.8 million people, and 1.9-million-strong maritime metropolis Douala are both highly flood prone. Over the past two months, some 40,000 p…
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18 August 2015
GENEVA, 18 August 2015 – UNISDR has added new momentum to the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, a 15-year international plan to curb deaths and economic damage caused by natural and man-made hazards. The 'Words into Action' process, launched today, will gather experts from around the globe to shape by the end of 2016 a…
NEW YORK, 31 March, 2016 - An earthquake off the coast of south-west Japan on 5 November, 1854, triggered a large tsunami that left 15,000 homes either damaged or completely destroyed. A local farmer, Hamaguchi Goryo, noticed the receding waters and immediately recognised this tell-tale sign of tsunami risk. He set fire to his entire year’s harvest of…