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ISINGIRO, Uganda, 15 June 2016 – Uganda is developing base maps for refugee settlements that host thousands of people in the east African country, with the goal being to support risk-informed development and land use planning and thereby build community resilience. Mapping Oruchinga refugee settlement in the western district of Isingiro will provide ev…
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…
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…
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11 October 2016
GENEVA, 11 October 2016 - Nigeria has been Ebola-free since it narrowly avoided being sucked into the escalation of the highly contagious haemorrhagic fever outbreak which devastated its neighbours, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone resulting in the loss of over 11,000 lives. WHO has commended the Nigerian Government for its strong leadership and effect…
13 October 2016, GENEVA – Analysis of twenty years of data on 7,056 disaster events in which 1.35 million people died, shows that earthquakes and tsunamis are the biggest killers overall, followed closely by climate-related disasters, and 90% of disaster deaths occur in low and middle-income countries. The report, “Poverty & Death: Disaster Mortali…
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23 November 2016
BALACLAVA, Mauritius, 23 November, 2016 - The challenge of how to ensure coherence across the key frameworks which comprise the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda is a hot issue for discussion this week at the 6th Session of the Africa Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction. Concerns were addressed yesterday on how to avoid working in silos on…
NAIROBI, 21 February 2017 – Already grappling with an extended dry spell, countries in Greater Horn of Africa are bracing for an even deeper drought, with the approach of the traditional March to May rainy season offering little cause for comfort. Exacerbated by the El Niño weather phenomenon, below-average rainfall is worsening food security and water…
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…
MILAN, Italy, 30 June, 2105 – Social workers can play a crucial part in helping to reduce the risk of disasters thanks to their role in the communities of which they are themselves members, Margareta Wahlström, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction said here today. “You can be the transmission chain,” Ms. Wahlst…
KAMPALA, 22 July 2015 – A five-year initiative to tackle endemic poverty in Uganda’s northern region of Karamoja is expected to boost resilience to natural hazards, especially the recurrent droughts which can decimate livelihoods. The Drylands Integrated Development Project was launched in June to address a swath of challenges which fuel the population…