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Opening Ceremony of the First Meeting of Ministers and High Level Authorities on the Implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas 2015-2030 8 June 2016Hotel Bourbon, Asunción, ParaguayOpening RemarksMr. Robert GlasserSpecial Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction and Head of the UN Of…
ASUNCIÓN, 9 June 2016 - The Americas have reached a new level in their drive to curb disaster risk in one of the most hazard-exposed regions of the world, UNISDR’s head Mr. Robert Glasser has told ministerial talks hosted by Paraguay. “I believe this meeting marks the beginning of a new phase in the region’s growing sophistication when it comes to stre…
PANAMA CITY, Panama, June 28 2016— In the midst of one of the worst droughts to affect Central America in decades, the expanded Panama Canal is a model for how to adapt to climate change and reduce disaster risk. The 77-kilometre canal, which is a major conduit for international commerce, has been operating since 1914. It has just undergone a major upg…
NEW YORK, 20 July 2016 - Strong leadership is critical to ensure that no one is left behind amid global efforts to achieve sustainable development by 2030, the United Nations’ top disaster risk reduction official has told a high-level global forum. “The best evidence of leadership is the ability to reach the marginalized and disadvantaged poor,” Mr. Ro…
NEW YORK, 21 July 2016 – Extreme weather events are becoming the “new normal” and climate change is compromising people’s resilience, meaning that humanitarian action and development must be part of the same process, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Mr. Jan Eliasson has told a meeting on disaster risk reduction. Mr. Eliasson spoke at a special b…
GENEVA, 17 August 2016 - In the midst of the country’s worst flood disaster since superstorm Sandy, a new forecasting tool has been launched which could save lives and revolutionise flood management across the USA. While Louisiana struggled with record floodwaters, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and its partners yesterday un…
NEW YORK, 11 October 2016 - The risk of dying in a hurricane or flood is lower today than it was 20 years ago, in most parts of the world. In Haiti, however, the toll of Hurricane Matthew has already passed 1,000, according to media reports. The issue of how to reach countries and communities left behind and struggling to reduce their disaster mortalit…
PANAMA CITY, 12 October 2016 - The El Niño weather phenomenon was first named by fishermen in Peru where records going back 500 years have detailed its destructive impact especially along the northern coast where it often hits hardest. When the most recent El Niño was first forecast it stirred fearful memories of the 9,300 people who lost their lives i…
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…
QUITO, 24 October 2016 - The UN Secretary General's Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, Robert Glasser, has welcomed the adoption of the Habitat III New Urban Agenda as “a significant contribution to focussing attention on the risks of rapid urbanisation and the importance of taking concrete measures to build cities in a way that reduces…