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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…
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12 February 2018
KUALA LUMPUR, 12 February, 2018 - Quito listo means Quito is ready. The host city of Habitat III where the New Urban Agenda was adopted, has to be ready for a broad range of natural hazards, according to Mayor Mauricio Rodas, speaking today at the World Urban Forum. Last winter the Ecuadorian capital experienced the worst floods in 30 years and this wi…
In order to promote the exchange of experiences and a coordinated response to the COVID-19 pandemic, representatives of the governing bodies for disaster risk management (DRM) of different countries in the Americas and Caribbean region met on April 14. This initiative, proposed and organized jointly by the UNDRR Regional Office for the Americas and the…
Webinars   12 August 2020. Webinar:  Youth engagement in Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change 12 August 2020. Webinar:  Strengthening Early Action Early Warning Systems 4 August 2020. Webinar:  Business Disaster Management Plan Self-Assessment Tool​​​​​​​ 10 July 2020. Webinar:  Build Back Better: A Green and Sustainable Economic Recovery 18…
The COVID-19 pandemic has dealt a harsh blow to businesses in Latin America and the Caribbean but the private sector has a vital role to play in helping people recover from the crisis and adapt to the new normality, said industry experts. Implementing disaster risk reduction plans will be top of the list for many companies as they look to rebuild their…
Confusion and disinformation have been a feature of the COVID-19 pandemic. The press has tried to plough through an avalanche of information to illustrate the situation from various  perspectives, but a focus on day-to-day coverage combined with a lack of access to diverse and reliable sources has complicated the task.  UNDRR organised this webinar to…
The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (2015-2030) and the International Health Regulations (WHO, 2005) include biological hazards, such as the SARS-CoV-2 virus, among the major sources of risks for the 21st century.  While COVID-19, the infectious disease caused by this most recent coronavirus, was declared by the World Health Organization (W…
 "The COVID-19 crisis is going to change how we work forever," stressed Rodney Martínez, World Meteorological Organization representative for North America, Central America and the Caribbean. “We cannot keep reflecting on the problems that continue to drag on for decades. One of the main challenges in the region is the dispersion and fragmentation of ef…
The spread of COVID-19 around the world has placed cities at center stage in the response to the virus and its unprecedented cascading effects, which have affected all sectors at all levels. As such, understanding the new reality must include collaborative, intersectoral and comprehensive aspects that incorporate risk governance and its underlying facto…
Almost three months after  the COVID-19 pandemic hit the Americas and the Caribbean, data is showing how deeply the private sector has been affected, as some businesses are being forced to close while others are struggling to continue operating due to limitations in markets and supply chains.  Whilst the economic impact of the crisis is still unforesee…