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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…
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…
11 July 2016, GENEVA – The UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, Mr. Robert Glasser,  today launched “The Sendai Seven Campaign – 7 Targets, 7 Years”, an advocacy initiative to encourage implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction with the goal of saving lives, reducing disaster losses and impr…
27 July 2017, GENEVA – The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) today warned of a possible rise in heatwave deaths as climate change drives record warmth around the world, epitomised by the 54ºC recorded in Kuwait last week. Mr. Robert Glasser, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, said: “Millions of p…
GENEVA, 15 August 2016 -  A new report highlights the lessons of Japan’s 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster, the world’s deadliest catastrophe in a decade, and underlines how they fed into the creation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. The study by a team of leading international researchers wraps up the three-year Fukushi…
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…
GENEVA, 17 August 2016 - In the midst of the country’s worst flood disaster since superstorm Sandy, a new forecasting tool has been launched which could save lives and revolutionise flood management across the USA. While Louisiana struggled with record floodwaters, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and its partners yesterday un…
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23 August 2016
BANGKOK, 23 August 2016 – The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction today received a major boost from the BRICS countries – Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa – which have agreed to set up a joint task force on disaster risk management. India’s Minister of State for Home Affairs and UNISDR Champion, Mr. Kiren Rijiju is the driving fo…
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24 August 2016
GENEVA, 24 August 2016 - This week France is responding to its third heatwave of the summer as it seeks to avoid any repetition of the 20,000 deaths which the nation suffered in 2003 when a Europe-wide heatwave claimed 70,000 lives. Since that catastrophe which was devastating for women and older persons in particular, France has initiated a four-phase…