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23 August 2016
BANGKOK, 23 August 2016 – The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction today received a major boost from the BRICS countries – Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa – which have agreed to set up a joint task force on disaster risk management. India’s Minister of State for Home Affairs and UNISDR Champion, Mr. Kiren Rijiju is the driving fo…
PARIS, 24 February 2017 – Deploying the power of technology worldwide and ensuring that communities know how to act in an emergency are the keys to curbing the risks posed by tsunamis, experts said this week. Senior officials from the world’s regional tsunami alert centres have spent the past four days taking stock of progress in the development and im…
PANAMA, 18 January, 2016 - The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) has launched an awards scheme for 2016 which seeks to support national and regional efforts to reduce disaster loss and the impacts of climate change. CDEMA includes some of the most disaster prone small island States in the world, exposed to sea-level rise, storm surg…
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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…
17 March 2016, GENEVA – A high-level delegation from Mexico, one of the world’s most disaster prone countries, visited the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction today and provided a briefing on its implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction which was adopted on March 18, 2015. More than 30 per cent of Mexican is affected every y…
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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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22 February 2018
GENEVA, 22 February, 2018 - Climate change means that coastal communities in the Caribbean need to be self-sufficient for up to three weeks and not just a couple of days if they are to cope with the fall-out from hurricane activity at the level of intensity experienced during the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season, according to a weather expert. “We have b…
The high risk emanating from the increasing number of cyber attacks on critical infrastructure systems at national or local level is only now beginning to be understood. The cascading effect of that risk beyond the system under attack into allied and interconnected fields can be even more devastating, creating chaos to major economic, food and health sy…
The state of Paraná in the south of Brazil has recorded a significant increase in the number of disasters over the years, as well as the other Brazilian states. Since 2012, with the implementation of the National Protection and Civil Defense Policy (PNPDC), Brazil has had a national DRM and DRR strategy that includes the integration of institutional, sc…
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…