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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…
NAIROBI, August 8, 2016 - Two years after the largest ever outbreak of Ebola, the affected West African countries are moving to reduce mortality from future disaster events by bringing disaster risk management and health closer together. The Ebola pandemic which started in March 2014 claimed a total of 11,310 lives in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone a…
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…
BANGKOK, 23 August 2016 - Scientists and researchers were today urged to provide "solutions and guidance" so that policymakers are able to effectively address the challenge of escalating disaster risk. The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG) for Disaster Risk Reduction, Mr Robert Glasser, said successive record-breakin…
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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…
BANGKOK, 25 August 2016 – Scientists have agreed eight priorities to harness the power of research and technology to boost implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 in Asia. The Minister of State for Home Affairs, India, Mr. Kiren Rijiju, hailed the Outcome Document of the 1st Asian Science and Technology Conference f…
PORT VICTORIA, Seychelles, 5 September 2016 - Memories of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami which claimed some 230,000 lives, will be revived this week as 24 countries take part in one of the largest tsunami simulations ever staged. Disaster management officials from Australia, Bangladesh, Comoros, France (La Reunion), India, Indonesia, Iran, Kenya, Madaga…
PATISUNAPUR, ODISHA, India, 7 September 2016 - Today not only marked the start of the two-day IOWave16 tsunami drill for 24 countries in the Indian Ocean, but also demonstrated the true power of people to take charge of their own safety and reduce loss of life against the most deadly of all natural hazards, a tsunami.  Nowhere was that more evident tod…
GENEVA, 27 September 2016 - It didn’t have a fancy name. It was Tropical Cyclone 03 A and it killed more than 10,000 people, many of them desperately poor salt pan workers in the Kutch district of Gujarat, India. Hundreds died at their place of work, ignorant of the coming storm’s strength until it bore down on their encampment with a fury that turned…
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5 November 2016
NEW DELHI, 5 November 2016 - The UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, Mr. Robert Glasser, initiated a minute’s silence today in remembrance of all those who have lost their lives in tsunamis as the first World Tsunami Awareness Day was commemorated on the final day of the Asian Ministerial Conference for Disaster Ri…