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24 June 2016
GENEVA, 24 June, 2016 - A renewed call was made at this week’s 13th International Conference on Ageing for more governments to sign up to Charter 14 which sets 14 minimum standards for the inclusion of older persons in disaster risk management. Eighteen months after the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction and HelpAge International launched Charter 14…
… of UNESCO and for the first time it will be monitored by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and partners as part of the build up to World Tsunami … “We were lucky in 2004 as Seychelles only lost 3 people but we cannot take the risk to be lucky. We need to make sure that all exposed populations are alerted as … (Phuket, Thailand, 28 and 29 January 2005). The 2015 Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the global plan for reducing disaster losses has key targets for …
… world to ratify the Paris Agreement in April this year. “The speed with which many small island developing states have embraced the Paris Agreement underlines the important … world to ratify the Paris Agreement in April this year. “The speed with which many small island developing states have embraced the Paris Agreement underlines the …
17 November 2016, MARRAKECH, Morocco - African Least Developed Countries and Pacific Islands will be the first to benefit from upgraded early warning systems against weather and climate-related shocks under an action plan outlined at the United Nations climate change conference. Mali, Burkina Faso, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Small Island…
GENEVA, 27 April 2017 - Australia estimates that its annual economic losses from disasters will triple to US$17.7 billion by 2050 as it embarks on a new initiative to integrate climate change action and disaster resilience. The government has also embarked on a data readiness review to assess national preparedness to report on implementation of the…
Geneva, 28 September 2017 - International Day for Disaster Reduction on October 13 will see the launch of a major awareness raising initiative in Australia on the role that gender plays in disasters and how improved understanding can help reduce the numbers of people affected by disasters, the theme of this year’s International Day. A National Conferenc…
GENEVA, 3 March 2016 – Australia could see its annual disaster bill rise nearly fourfold by 2050, with the cost of social impacts such as stress-related illness playing a significant role, two reports commissioned by the Australian Business Roundtable for Disaster Resilience and Safer Communities warn. Issued just two weeks before the first anniversary…
SYDNEY, Australia, 16 March 2016 - Australian businesses are coming together to improve community safety and outcomes following natural disasters in a country that is confronted reguarly by events such as bushfires, floods, cyclones and severe storm activity. The costs of natural disasters exceeded A$9 billion in 2015, and it is estimated that, without…
… Indian Ocean system, under which warnings are spearheaded by  Australia, India and Indonesia, has been operational since 2006. For decades, alerts in the Indian Ocean … tsunami of 26 December 2004, sparked by a massive 9.2-magnitude earthquake off Indonesia, exposed the region’s lack of preparedness. The estimated 227,000 fatalities hailed from 14 countries across the Indian Ocean, with Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India and Thailand hardest-hit. They also included 9,000 foreign …
… Tsunami Awareness Day makes its debut on the international calendar this November, and disaster experts from around the Indian Ocean have been given an early opportunity to … built up major expertise in areas such as tsunami early warning, public action and building back better after a disaster to reduce future impacts. Tsunamis are rare …