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17 November 2016, MARRAKECH, Morocco - African Least Developed Countries and Pacific Islands will be the first to benefit from upgraded early warning systems against weather and climate-related shocks under an action plan outlined at the United Nations climate change conference. Mali, Burkina Faso, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Small Island…
KUROSHIO, Japan, 1 December 2016 – Hundreds of high school students from around the world have pledged to step up efforts to reduce disaster risk, at a global gathering held to mark the first edition of World Tsunami Awareness Day. The 25-26 November High School Students Summit in the southern Japanese town of Kuroshio brought together 360 young people…
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28 December 2016
KOBE, Japan, 28 December 2016 – Hundreds of university students from around the world have set their sights on reducing the risk of disasters, during the first-ever edition in Japan of the National Model United Nations. The 350 students from institutions in 11 countries – Canada, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Japan, Philippines, Russia,…
GENEVA, 27 October: The build up to World Tsunami Awareness Day on November 5 started in earnest today with a high-level gathering of tsunami-affected countries discussing how to reduce tsunami risk “In Japan we say be prepared and have no regrets,” said Mr. M. Teru Fukui, Member of Japan’s House of Representatives during the panel discussion today on…
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3 February 2016
KOBE, Japan, 3 February 2016 - The ten-year old International Recovery Platform is getting a new lease of life thanks to the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. The Sendai Framework, adopted by UN member States in March 2015, as a blueprint for reducing disaster losses places special emphasis on ensuring that capacities are in place for effect…
18 April 2016, GENEVA – The head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, Mr. Robert Glasser, today extended his condolences to the people of Ecuador and Japan for the loss of life in the earthquakes which have hit both countries in recent days. Mr. Glasser said: “On behalf of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction I would like to extend my dee…
GENEVA, 19 April 2016 – The hundreds of deaths in Ecuador and the dozens of victims in Japan are a stark reminder of a basic fact about earthquakes: it is buildings, and not the shake itself, that claim most lives. Collapsing homes and other infrastructure are to blame for the overwhelming majority of earthquake fatalities and injuries. That makes str…
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14 November 2017
13 November 2017: Students from 26 countries came together last week for a pioneering event to mark World Tsunami Awareness Day in Naha City, Okinawa Prefecture in Japan. The spirit of “Yui Maaru” which means mutual support and bonds between people in the Okinawan dialect, was at the heart of the High School Students Islands Summit for World Tsunami Aw…
WAKAYAMA, 5 November, 2018 - This year’s High School Students Summit for World Tsunami Awareness Day attracted 379 students from 48 countries to Japan, a country renowned for its disaster risk management and expertise on tsunami risk. The Summit brought together 244 overseas students and 135 students from Japan in the location where on November 5, 1854…
NEW YORK, 6 November, 2018 - There were repeated calls for greater attention to the needs of those most vulnerable in disaster situations, at a high-level event yesterday to mark the 3rd edition of World Tsunami Awareness Day. Representatives of tsunami-exposed countries including Indonesia, Japan, the Maldives and Chile spoke about the need for a more…