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Geneva, 12 October 2017 - Following the devastation wrought on his Caribbean island home by Hurricane Maria, the Prime Minister of Dominica, Mr. Roosevelt Skerrit, is calling on the world not “to turn its back” on the problem of climate change and for greater investment in disaster risk reduction. In a message for International Day for Disaster Reducti…
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6 February 2017
SANTIAGO, 6 February 2017– In the midst of Chile’s worst forest fires in five decades, award-winning local campaigners have spotlighted the need to ensure that people with disabilities are not forgotten in emergency operations and disaster risk reduction. According to official sources, the fires have hit more than 547,190 hectares, claimed 11 lives and…
MONTREAL, Canada, 8 March 2017 – Canadian businesses have joined a UN-backed drive to bolster resilience to natural and human-induced hazards, sending a strong signal during the Americas region’s top disaster risk reduction conference. “There is a clear mutual interest for the public and private sectors to work together, as the private sector relies on…
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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…
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5 February 2009
This book was produced to mark the end of the International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction (IDNDR), a United Nations initiative to reduce the negative effects of natural disasters. This volume communicates solutions to the problems associated with natural disasters, stimulating discussion and improvements in methods of protecting people and prop…
This contributing paper takes a look at the use of radio occultation to infer temperature and improve modeling for wildfire risk. Retrieving good-quality measurements of vertical profiles of atmospheric parameters (moisture, wind, temperature, and vertical information of aerosols) in wildfire events remains an extremely challenging endeavor. Global Navi…
This report describes major activities and events related to the International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction (IDNDR) in the Americas, and discusses experiences, achievements and challenges in disaster risk reduction (DRR) of all the countries in the region. The report provides summaries of the assessment of achievements during IDNDR, highlighti…
This paper examines how to maximise the benefits arising from, and overcome the barriers to, the implementation of a multihazard and multi-risk assessment approach within current risk management regimes. Working at two test sites, one in Naples and one in Guadeloupe, the research team engaged in a continuous dialogue with local authorities and practitio…
Stamford (USA), Puerto Montt (Chile) and Luanda (Angola) cities held workshops with multiple stakeholders to complete the United Nations City Disaster Resilience Scorecard. The workshops were notable in identifying both technical requirements, and also gaps in understanding and communications between different agencies. These gaps, if left unaddressed,…
In 2020, similarly to other regions globally, Latin America has experienced a wildfire season marked by major wildfires in particularly important natural areas such as the Amazon, the Pantanal and El Chaco. Uncontrolled forest and rural fires have significant impacts on the societies, the economies, and the environment of Latin America and the Caribbean…