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GENEVA, August 11, 2016 - Wildfires have been raging across California, the Iberian peninsula, and Provence in the south of France, underlining the growing threat to life and property posed by this natural hazard as global temperatures rise and drought conditions spread in many regions. Mr. Robert Glasser, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representat…
ULAANBAATAR, 14 October 2016 – Curbing deaths from disasters requires local authorities and other community partners to raise their capacity to manage risks and thereby ensure safe and sustainable development for their citizens. In Mongolia, the government has committed not only to national action but also to fostering cities’ capacity. “As about 80 pe…
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25 November 2016
BALACLAVA, Mauritius, 25 November 2016 - The youngest participant at this week’s Africa Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction is ten-month-old Chilal. Her occasional mild interventions from the floor have brought smiles to the faces of more serious-minded participants. Breastfed Chilal is here with her mother, Ms. Oumie Sissokho, Director of Op…
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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…
Geneva - 20 June 2017, Robert Glasser, the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction expressed his deep condolences to the families affected by the devastating fires in Portugal. More than 60 fires broke out in a densely forested area near the small town of Pedrógão Grande, 200km north-east of Lisbon, ki…
GENEVA, 8 August 2017 - Rapid urbanisation and climate change are major drivers of the many forest fires which continue to sweep across parts of southern Europe claiming many lives and causing significant economic losses, according to a leading expert. Euronews reports that an area the size of Luxembourg has been destroyed by 677 forest fires this ye…
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, 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…
BONN, 17 October 2017 – The UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, Mr. Robert Glasser, today announced that next year will see the start of worldwide monitoring of disaster losses from extreme weather events and earthquakes through the Bonn office of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR). Speaking at the…