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GENEVA, 9 August, 2016 - Mexico which hosts the 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction is battling the impact of tropical storms from both the Atlantic and the Pacific. The Civil Protection Authorities have warned of the possibility of further landslides  as the country braces itself for the passage of Tropical Storm Javier on the Pacific coa…
2 September 2016, GENEVA – The UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, Mr. Robert Glasser, praised Florida’s preparedness today for the first hurricane to make landfall in the US State since 2005. Mr. Glasser said: “The Governor of Florida, Mr. Rick Scott, has shown real leadership in ensuring that the public is risk…
12 September 2016, GENEVA/NEW ORLEANS – New Orleans, the epicentre of Hurricane Katrina, is engaging with its private sector to improve disaster risk awareness as part of its overall strategy for improving resilience to disasters and facilitating rapid recovery after an event. A survey published today of 208 New Orleans-based small and mid-size enterpr…
13 October 2016, GENEVA –The UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, Mr. Robert Glasser, today marked International Day for Disaster Reduction by recognising five outstanding examples of successful efforts to reduce disaster mortality. Today marks the beginning of the “Sendai Seven Campaign: Seven Targets, Seven Years…
GENEVA, 3 March, 2017 - The Americas region meets next week to discuss the best way forward to reduce disaster losses as a new Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) demonstrates the full impact of the devastation wrought on Haiti by Hurricane Matthew in October last year. It also confirms Haiti’s position as the most disaster-prone country in the Ameri…
6 March 2017 – There was a call today for urgent support to improve disaster risk management in Haiti following a damning investigation of the country’s losses from Hurricane Matthew six months ago. The UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, Mr. Robert Glasser said: “Hurricane Matthew revealed disturbing truths about…
MEXICO, 14 March, 2017 - Shortly after Hurricane Katrina struck the southern USA, 200 Mexican troops crossed the US border outside Laredo, Texas, and made their way towards San Antonio. It was the first time a Mexican army contingent had entered Texas since the Battle of the Alamo in 1836. In 2005, the Mexican soldiers were on a relief mission to feed t…
CANCUN, Mexico, 5 April 2017 - In a nation where tourism represents close to one-tenth of the economy, the issue of Mexico’s hotel trade’s resilience to natural hazards is top of the list. It’s fitting that Cancun is hosting the 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction next month, given that all 175 of the Caribbean resort’s hotels are built t…
A nightmare scenario for any community is to be taken by surprise in the middle of the night by a sudden disaster such as the mudslide that swept away hundreds of lives earlier this month in the Amazonian town of Mocoa in Putamayo, Colombia. Heavy rain over a three-hour period combined with deforestation and unstable soils to reveal once more that huma…
CANCUN, Mexico, 30 May 2017 – Mexico's Cinemex, one of the world’s largest movie theatre groups, has scaled up a resilience campaign with its country's national disaster prevention authorities. Announced during last week’s 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction – hosted by the Mexican government in Cancun – the move marks a formal alliance be…