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The goal of this paper is to examine how government continuity planning contributes to strengthening the public sector’s disaster preparedness, resulting in enhanced resilience of the public sector. The paper analyzes basic principles of government continuity planning using Complex Adaptive Systems (CAS) theory while summarizing recent developments in t…
This guidance note shares 'live lessons' learned - told through first-person stories - that contribute to disaster preparedness, mitigation, and a recovery that builds back better. It asserts that telling live lessons have great value as a way to create monuments and memorials, and can be transformative and therapeutic activities for individuals and who…
A partnership for accelerated disaster recovery in high risk countries (Version 1.0). Natural hazards pose a growing threat to developing countries that lack financial or material resources to mitigate their risks to catastrophes or recover from the effects. International aid is generously made available once a country is hit by a disaster. But when th…
The management of recovery from the ravages of a disaster is complex and unwieldy, routinely involving many different needs, interests and abilities. The subject assumes great importance in any hazard prone country, especially after a disaster, but it has seldom attracted the sustained professional attention of either disaster managers or risk managemen…
The Asia-Pacific Partnership for Disaster Risk Reduction (APP-DRR) Forum concluded with a strong commitment to accelerate the implementation of the Sendai Framework by leveraging upcoming opportunities and with a confirmation of the dates for the 2022 Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, which will be hosted by Australia in th…
VIDEO ON-DEMAND Event Description As the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 approaches its midpoint, the United Nations General Assembly has mandated a midterm review of its implementation, with specific reference made to assessing progress toward its core provision to “build back better”. The global pandemic, climate change, and s…
ASHGABAT, 16 February 2022 - With the support of the European Union, the Government of Turkmenistan and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) convened a high-level meeting with the members of the newly established Interagency Working Group for Disaster Risk Reduction. The high-level participants discussed the role and functions…
The spread of the coronavirus COVID-19 continues to be a challenge for all states around the globe. The Member States of the European Union have experienced first-hand how deadly the risks of the virus can be and how important it is to be prepared and mitigate the risk of any type of emergency. Since the start of the pandemic in the first quarter of 202…
As hotels grab prime seafront land along Barbados’ west coast, the road through Mullins offers an increasingly rare “window to the sea” with unhindered views over the blond beach and shallow Caribbean waters beyond.   But for Kimberley Agard, who chairs the local district emergency organization, it’s this proximity to the sea that puts Mullins at risk …
November 18, 2021, BRUSSELS – Barcelona, Greater Manchester, Helsingborg and Milan have been unveiled as the first four European cities recognised as “Resilience Hubs” for their policy and advocacy work in addressing growing climate and disaster risks. The cities were chosen by the Making Cities Resilient 2030 initiative and will serve three-year terms…