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07 June 2016, GENEVA - The UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, Mr. Robert Glasser, today praised the French authorities for the country’s disaster preparedness and on-going response efforts in the face of the flood threat in Paris and other parts of the country. Mr. Glasser, who heads the UN Office for Disaster Ri…
PANAMA CITY, Panama, June 28 2016— In the midst of one of the worst droughts to affect Central America in decades, the expanded Panama Canal is a model for how to adapt to climate change and reduce disaster risk. The 77-kilometre canal, which is a major conduit for international commerce, has been operating since 1914. It has just undergone a major upg…
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…
CANCUN, Mexico, 22 May 2017 – For island nations on the frontline of climate change and a swathe of natural hazards, the issue of whether communities should give up the battle and leave is never far away. Meeting on the eve of the 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in Cancun, Mexico, representatives of the world’s Small Island Developing…
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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…
PARIS, 7 October 2015 – A French start-up that uses image sensors to monitor water levels in order to head off the threat of flood has today won a pan-European award that recognizes innovative approaches to reducing disaster risk. TENEVIA, based in the Alpine city of Grenoble, received the Damir Čemerin Award at the opening of the three-day European Fo…
YAOUNDE, 13 October 2015 – Residents of a flood-prone community in Cameroon’s capital Yaoundé are deploying local knowledge to curb the risk of disasters and epidemics by tackling the trash that blocks drainage ditches. To honour its members' efforts, the 25,000-strong community of Nkolbikok has been named a Champion of Disaster Risk Reduction by UNISDR…
CAIRO, 14 October 14 2015 - The 18,000-strong community of Tuti, a River Nile island in the heart of the Sudanese capital Khartoum, has long been highly vulnerable to floods. Their knowledge and understanding of the River Nile has kept them free from major loss of life and this week they were recognized as champions of disaster risk reduction by UNISDR…
PARIS, 10 December 2015 – Home to the Mona Lisa, the Venus de Milo and other priceless masterpieces, the world-famous Louvre Museum is all too aware of the need to fend off natural hazards. As negotiators at the COP21 summit in Paris fine-tune an international agreement on curbing climate change and mitigating its impact, the team at the museum are bus…