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NEW YORK, 27 May 2016 – Indigenous peoples have spotlighted the need to take their concerns into account when it comes to reducing disaster risk, notably for members of their communities with disabilities. The devastating wildfires in Canada and the earthquakes that have shaken Ecuador are just the latest reminders of how hazards affect indigenous peop…
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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…
MOSCOW – 27 January 2017 – Russia’s oldest city and another that will host matches in the 2018 football World Cup are among the first six communities in the Russian Federation to join UNISDR’s Making Cities Resilient campaign. Kazan, Almetyevsk and Naberezhnye Chelny in the Republic of Tatarstan, and Buynaksk, Derbent and Kaspiysk in the Republic of Da…
TURIN, Italy, 22 February 2017 – Europe has launched a new drive to protect its heritage sites from the risk of disasters, an issue given added urgency by a string of earthquakes that wrecked age-old buildings in central Italy. The ResCult project, short for “Increasing Resilience of Cultural Heritage” and unveiled on Monday in the northern Italian cit…
CANCUN, Mexico, 1 March 2017 – Mexico’s historical Maya civilisation created not only a written language and a binary mathematical system, but also a hurricane warning system that still works today. It is housed in the clifftop Templo Dios del Viento, or Temple of the God of the Wind, in Tulum, a Maya site that had its heyday in the years 1200 to 1450.…
CANCUN, Mexico, 26 May 2017 – Cultural heritage and indigenous knowledge are key resources of community and national disaster resilience across the world. However, much of this heritage and knowledge is being lost to both sudden and slow-onset disasters, weakening the resilience capacity of future generations. To reverse the trend, a session at the 20…
Geneva, 9 October 2017 - Italy will further strengthen its reputation as a leader on protection of cultural heritage from disasters when it opens a new Heritage Resilience Centre on October 13, International Day for Disaster Reduction. Apart from its intrinsic value, cultural heritage provides employment to millions of people across the world and specia…
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12 August 2015
NEW YORK, 12 August 2015 – Indigenous knowledge is an important source of wisdom for sustainability, UN Secretary-General Bank Ki-moon says, underlining an issue that it is also crucial for disaster risk reduction. “Indigenous peoples are often among the poorest peoples in their countries and, in many nations, the poverty gap between indigenous and non…
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18 August 2015
GENEVA, 18 August 2015 – UNISDR has added new momentum to the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, a 15-year international plan to curb deaths and economic damage caused by natural and man-made hazards. The 'Words into Action' process, launched today, will gather experts from around the globe to shape by the end of 2016 a…
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14 October 2015
PARIS, 15 October 2015 – Countries should strive to protect their heritage sites from natural and man-made hazards, according to experts aiming to advance Europe’s implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. “There’s a long history of disasters affecting cultural heritage in Europe,” said Mr. Giovanni Boccardi, in charge of disa…