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3 June 2016
GENEVA, 3 June, 2016 - Officials in Paris have closed two of the world’s most famous museums as the River Seine rose above its preliminary alert level of five metres yesterday evoking fears of a repeat of the catastrophic floods of 1910, underlining the critical role of disaster preparedness plans. Staff at the Louvre which houses the Mona Lisa were ev…
07 June 2016, GENEVA - The UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, Mr. Robert Glasser, today praised the French authorities for the country’s disaster preparedness and on-going response efforts in the face of the flood threat in Paris and other parts of the country. Mr. Glasser, who heads the UN Office for Disaster Ri…
ULAANBAATAR, 9 June 2016 – Mongolia has launched a new partnership between the public and private sectors to prevent and reduce disaster risks, as the country looks to protect its economic growth and address its changing hazard profile. The Government’s National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) initiated the Public-Private Partnership Platform for Di…
ISINGIRO, Uganda, 15 June 2016 – Uganda is developing base maps for refugee settlements that host thousands of people in the east African country, with the goal being to support risk-informed development and land use planning and thereby build community resilience. Mapping Oruchinga refugee settlement in the western district of Isingiro will provide ev…
FLORENCE, 16  June, 2015: More than 350 ministers, mayors and disaster risk reduction experts from around the world are meeting today and tomorrow in Florence to discuss urban resilience to disasters. The High Level Forum on Implementing the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction comes 50 years after the Italian city was devastated by floods whic…
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…
GENEVA, 5 July 2016 – The UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, Mr. Robert Glasser, today welcomed a call from a group of global leaders to close a US$2.5-billion funding gap and bolster resilience for countries struggling with climate risk, drought and a humanitarian crisis linked to El Niño. “This is exactly…
DUSHANBE, 12 July 2016 – The Deputy Prime Minister of Tajikistan said today his country was committed to a path of sustainable and resilient social and economic development, with the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction at the heart of this driving ambition. Mr. Zokirzoda Mahmadtoir Zoir said coordinated and consistent action was necessary to a…
DUSHANBE, 13 July 2016 – The first Central Asia and South Caucasus Regional Platform is a landmark moment for the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, a global blueprint adopted last year. It is the latest region to establish such a forum to strengthen collaboration and provide important support to implementation of the Sendai Framework, desig…
GENEVA, 16 August 2016 – The state of Louisiana is in the grip of what looks set to be the worst disaster in the United States since Superstorm Sandy four years ago, underlining the critical role of reducing risk before disaster strikes. On Sunday, President Barack Obama declared a major disaster in Louisiana including the most heavily-affected parishe…