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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…
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…
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23 August 2016
BANGKOK, 23 August 2016 – The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction today received a major boost from the BRICS countries – Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa – which have agreed to set up a joint task force on disaster risk management. India’s Minister of State for Home Affairs and UNISDR Champion, Mr. Kiren Rijiju is the driving fo…
PORT VICTORIA, Seychelles, 5 September 2016 - Memories of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami which claimed some 230,000 lives, will be revived this week as 24 countries take part in one of the largest tsunami simulations ever staged. Disaster management officials from Australia, Bangladesh, Comoros, France (La Reunion), India, Indonesia, Iran, Kenya, Madaga…
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5 November 2016
NEW DELHI, 5 November 2016 - The UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, Mr. Robert Glasser, initiated a minute’s silence today in remembrance of all those who have lost their lives in tsunamis as the first World Tsunami Awareness Day was commemorated on the final day of the Asian Ministerial Conference for Disaster Ri…
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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…
CAIRO, 4 May 2017 – Countries from across the Arab region have set out their collective stance ahead of the looming 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, following similar moves by other parts of the world. Hosted by Qatar, the 3rd Arab Preparatory Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction came three weeks before the Global Platform gets underw…
GENEVA, 13 October 2017 - The United Nations today launched new guidelines to encourage more countries to undertake national disaster risk assessments and to link them closely with policy and investment processes in order to take better preventive action to reduce disaster deaths and the soaring numbers of people displaced every year by floods, storms,…
GENEVA, 22 May 2015 - A disaster resilience education and research Roadmap for Europe 2030 has been launched in response to the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, which was adopted by the international community in March. The roadmap considers the challenges and opportunities that must be addressed by higher education in Europe if it is to ef…
GENEVA, January 27, 2015 - The UNISDR Science and Technology Conference opened today in Geneva with a tribute to the hundreds of scientists who have contributed their time to ground-breaking research on climate change and its impacts. The head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, Mr. Robert Glasser, said: “The painstaking work of the hundreds…