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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…
NAIROBI, 21 June 2016 – Members of parliament from across Central Africa are stepping up their region’s drive to curb the impact of natural and man-made hazards by implementing the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. The Parliamentarians Network for Resilience to Disasters in Central Africa, known by its French acronym REPARC, was set up last…
NAIROBI, August 8, 2016 - Two years after the largest ever outbreak of Ebola, the affected West African countries are moving to reduce mortality from future disaster events by bringing disaster risk management and health closer together. The Ebola pandemic which started in March 2014 claimed a total of 11,310 lives in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone a…
HELSINKI, 4 October 2016 – Efforts to curb the threats posed by natural and man-made hazards need to be tied tightly with sustainable development and climate change adaptation, according to participants at Europe’s top disaster risk reduction forum. The European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction, which groups 30 countries from within the European Union…
13 October 2016, BRUSSELS - The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) have agreed a five-year plan to support EU cities and regions to take more concerted action to reduce the impact of natural disasters. It specifically wants to increase the number of towns and cities with disaster ri…
BRUSSELS, 13 October 2016 – The European Union's assembly of regional and local representatives , the Committee of the Regions,  today cemented its collaboration with the United Nations as the globe marked International Day for Disaster Reduction. Local governments are a key component in efforts to curb the human and economic impact of natural and man-…
LISBON, 27 October – European countries have added momentum to their drive to curb the impacts of natural and man-made hazards by inscribing the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction into a four-year regional plan of action. The ministerial conference of the European and Mediterranean Major Hazards Agreement (EUR-OPA), hosted by Portugal, etched…
ASIAN MINISTERIAL CONFERENCE ON DISASTER RISK REDUCTION November 02-05, 2016 DELHI, INDIA Closing Ceremony Remarks Mr. Robert Glasser Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction and head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction   Ministers, ambassadors, distinguished delegates and conference participants,…
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…
GENEVA, 18 November 2016 – Negotiators today wrapped up talks on how to measure global progress in implementing the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the world’s most ambitious plan to date for curbing the impact of natural and human-induced hazards. The weeklong session in Geneva of the Open-ended Intergovernmental Working Group on Indicat…