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Public-private partnership vital to reduce risk

The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) has called on governments, businesses and communities in island nations to work together to curb the impact of hazards stoked by climate change. "Small Island Developing States are disproportionally affected by disasters. The expected higher economic losses from future disasters will heavily impact on budgets and investments of both the government and the private sector," UNISDR representative Mr. Neil McFarlane told a conference at the University of West Indies' Mona School of Business and Management.

15 Nov
2016

World Tsunami Awareness Day: strengthening the global commitment to disasters risk reduction

The first commemoration of the World Tsunami Awareness Day (WTAD) in the Caribbean took place on October 20th in Trinidad and Tobago, to share experiences and tools for promoting tsunami risk reduction, and indentifying activities for future WTAD in the Caribbean. This meeting was organized prior to the Special Committee for Disaster Risk Reduction of the Association of Caribbean States (ACS) on October 21st,

25 Oct
2016

World Tsunami Awareness Day: New Worldwide Approach to Disaster Risk Reduction

The UN Secretary General's Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, Robert Glasser, has welcomed the adoption of the Habitat III New Urban Agenda as "a significant contribution to focussing attention on the risks of rapid urbanisation and the importance of taking concrete measures to build cities in a way that reduces exposure to disasters and improves the quality of life for urban dwellers."

24 Oct
2016

World Tsunami Awareness Day: New Worldwide Approach to Disaster Risk Reduction

The commemoration of the World Tsunami Awareness Day in the Caribbean will take place on 20 October 2016 in Trinidad and Tobago, back-to-back to the Special Committee Meeting of the Disaster Risk Reduction of the Association of Caribbean States (ACS).

21 Oct
2016

Call for innovative resilience financing to support sustainable cities

A high level panel has called for innovative approaches to increase financing so that cities become resilient to natural and man-made hazards and other shocks.

18 Oct
2016

#IDDR2016: UN recognition for success in reducing disaster deaths in Fiji, Peru, Nigeria, India and Europe

The UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, Mr. Robert Glasser, today marked International Day for Disaster Reduction by recognising five outstanding examples of successful efforts to reduce disaster mortality.

13 Oct
2016

#IDDR2016: Ban Ki-moon says new disaster mortality report a "damning indictment of inequality"

Analysis of twenty years of data on 7,056 disaster events in which 1.35 million people died, shows that earthquakes and tsunamis are the biggest killers overall, followed closely by climate-related disasters, and 90% of disaster deaths occur in low and middle-income countries.

13 Oct
2016

Anticipating climatic variations during "El Niño": a strategy for disaster risk reduction in Peru

The implementation of the El Niño Contingency Plan 2015, coupled with the moderate intensity of the phenomenon - which occurred approximately between February 2015 and May 2016 and registered at least 20 deaths and about 8,700 victims – represented a significant reduction of human and economic losses in Peru as compared to the "Meganiños" of 1982/83 and 1997/98, which killed more than 9,300 people and resulted in estimated losses equivalent to 11.6% and 6.2%, respectively, of annual GDP.

23 Sep
2016

UN Summit: Disasters contribute to migrant crisis

Governments at the UN Summit on Refugees and Migrants have adopted a landmark declaration that underlines the role of environmental degradation, climate change and disasters alongside conflict as drivers of the ongoing crisis. The "New York Declaration" contains ambitious commitments to find durable solutions and coordinated approaches, to address root causes and to provide a more humane and managed response to the plight of refugees and migrants.

20 Sep
2016

SAVE THE DATE REGIONAL PLATFORM FOR DISASTER RISK REDUCTION IN THE AMERICAS FIFTH SESSION, MONTREAL, CANADA 7 - 9 MARCH 2017.

We are pleased to inform you that the Fifth Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in the Americas (#SendaiAmericas) will take place in Montreal, Quebec, Canada from 7 - 9 March 2017.

13 Sep
2016

New Orleans acts on disaster risk awareness for the private sector

New Orleans, the epicentre of Hurricane Katrina, is engaging with its private sector to improve disaster risk awareness as part of its overall strategy for improving resilience to disasters and facilitating rapid recovery after an event.

9 Sep
2016

OEA establishes Institutional Policy on Disaster Risk Management

In order to institutionally incorporate the topic of disaster risk reduction in all its ministries, departments, agencies and offices, the Organization of American States (OAS) adopted the "Institutional Management Policy Disaster Risk" in line with the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 which reinforces OAS commitment to strengthening resilience as a key element in their development agenda of 2030.

6 Sep
2016

Mexico acts on new storm landslide risk

The Civil Protection Authorities have warned of the possibility of further landslides as the country braces itself for the passage of Tropical Storm Javier on the Pacific coast while search efforts are continuing for survivors of weekend mudslides which claimed 40 lives inclusing those of 23 children.

9 Aug
2016

UNISDR launches "Sendai Seven" campaign to save lives in disasters

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 improving management of disaster risk.

15 Jul
2016

Canada, Mexico and USA announce ambitious plans to fight climate change and cooperate on disaster risk reduction

The UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, Mr. Robert Glasser, today hailed as “a major breakthrough” the announcement by Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, Canada, President Barack Obama, USA; and President Enrique Peña Nieto, Mexico, that they will take sweeping action to achieve 50% clean power generation by 2025 and cooperate on reducing disaster risk.

01 Jul
2016

The Panama Canal, example of sustainability and water use efficiency

In the midst of one of the worst droughts in decades, the expansion of the Panama Canal starts its operation as an example of sustainability and efficiency in water use. The new labor is imposed as a model of adaptation to climate change and disaster risk reduction, thanks to their water system that will allow an efficient response to climatic and geological risks that have affected the Canal in previous years..

23 Jun
2016

Canada to Host Fifth Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction of the Americas

Canada's Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, the Honorable Ralph Goodale, announced that Canada in collaboration with the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) will host the Fifth Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction of the Americas in 2017.

22 Jun
2016

Governments of the Americas adopted "Declaration of Asuncion" to guide the implementation of the Sendai Framework in the Americas

Ministers and High Level Authorities of Member States of the United Nations in the Americas, today adopted the "Declaration of Asuncion" containing the priority agenda and guidelines of a Regional Action Plan for the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-30 in the region.

16 Jun
2016

Americas region steps up risk reduction drive

The Americas have reached a new level in their drive to curb disaster risk in one of the most hazard-exposed regions of the world, UNISDR's head Mr. Robert Glasser has told ministerial talks hosted by Paraguay. "I believe this meeting marks the beginning of a new phase in the region's growing sophistication when it comes to strengthening disaster risk governance and ensuring that risk informed decision making becomes part of the daily life of government," Mr. Glasser told participants at the First Meeting of Ministers and High-Level Authorities on the Implementation of the Sendai Framework, which began on Wednesday in the capital Asunción.

09 Jun
2016

The Americas' Governments will agree the guidelines for the development of a Regional Action Plan for Disaster Risk Reduction to 2030

Agreeing the guidelines for the development of a Regional Action Plan for Disaster Risk Reduction, as a key element to achieve sustainable development in the region, is the goal of the First Meeting of Ministers and High-Level Authorities on the Implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 in the Americas, to be held on 8 - 9 June 2016 in Asunción, Paraguay.

06 Jun
2016

EU increases humanitarian support to Ecuador by €4 million following deadly earthquake

The EU has today released € 4 million in humanitarian aid to the most vulnerable victims of the earthquake which struck Ecuador on 16th April 2016. The funding comes on top of an initial € 1 million released only 36 hours after the disaster last month, and the mobilisation of expert teams via the EU Civil Protection Mechanism which which were dispatched to crisis zones.

26 May
2016

Mexico's big switch to Sendai

The President of Mexico, Mr. Enrique Peña Nieto, today re-committed his country to implementing the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction as he paid tribute to the National System for Civil Protection on the 30th anniversary of its founding. The President outlined his vision for Mexico to become a role model for disaster risk reduction over the next 15 years, the lifetime of the Sendai Framework which is the global plan for reducing disaster losses adopted last year by UN member States meeting in Sendai, Japan.

06 May
2016

Mexico to lead global effort to reduce economic losses from disasters

Mexico, as host country, will encourage the 2017 Global Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction to focus on reducing economic losses from disasters, it emerged today. In the context of the 30th anniversary of the National Civil Protection System, the Mexican President Mr. Enrique Peña Nieto, met today with the head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction and reaffirmed his country's commitment to implementing the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, a global plan to reduce disaster losses adopted last year.

06 May
2016

Scouts in Argentina use Riskland to learn -while they play- to prevent disasters

Around 4,000 boys and girls scouts from 7 to 14 years old participated in the "Scout Adventure without Risk" workshop, where they learned with games to address issues related to reducing disaster risk, through an adaptation of "Riesgolandia" by the Civil Association of Scouts of Argentina (SAAC), earlier this year.

20 Abr
2016

Strengthening Early Warning Systems in the Caribbean

The institutionalization and harmonization of Early Warning System (EWS) as well as integrating vulnerable groups in all processes related to EWS were the main themes of the Caribbean Early Warning System Workshop that took place last week, in which more than 70 participants from National Disaster Management Agencies, National Meteorological Services, National Red Cross Societies, Non-Governmental Organizations as well as regional, research, intergovernmental and United Nations organizations identified next steps on how to enhance coordination among stakeholders towards the harmonization of multi-hazard EWS in the Caribbean.

20 April
2016

Earthquakes pose a major threat to built environment

The head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, Mr. Robert Glasser, today extended his condolences to the people of Ecuador and Japan for the loss of life in the earthquakes which have hit both countries in recent days.

18 April
2016

Americas step up Sendai Framework drive

The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) announced the project "Strengthening Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Strategies and Capacities for Resilience in the Caribbean", that is supported by the Austrian Development Agency (ADA), during the Disaster Risk Reduction Development Partners Meeting which took place yesterday in Barbados. The purpose of the project is reinforcing disaster risk reduction and creating a resilience culture in the Caribbean.

12 April
2016

New project to create resilience culture in the Caribbean

The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) announced the project "Strengthening Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Strategies and Capacities for Resilience in the Caribbean", that is supported by the Austrian Development Agency (ADA), during the Disaster Risk Reduction Development Partners Meeting which took place yesterday in Barbados. The purpose of the project is reinforcing disaster risk reduction and creating a resilience culture in the Caribbean.

08 April
2016

Universities etch disaster risk into business studies

Ensuring that companies understand and act on the risks posed by natural and man-made hazards is a vital step towards reducing disaster impacts. Business education offers a tool to achieve this.

29 March
2016

MEXICO TO HOST THE 2017 GLOBAL PLATFORM FOR DISASTER RISK REDUCTION

The National Coordinator of Civil Protection of Mexico, Mr. Luis Felipe Puente, and the head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), Mr. Robert Glasser, today announced that Mexico will host the next global conference on how to reduce loss of life and economic losses from disasters caused by man-made and natural hazards, the most important multilateral forum in its kind.

18 March
2016

Mexico forges ahead on Sendai implementation

A high-level delegation from Mexico, one of the world's most disaster prone countries, visited the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction today and provided a briefing on its implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction which was adopted on March 18, 2015.

17 March
2016

The Pandemic Threat to Human Security

Just as the worst of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa seemed to be over, the mosquito-borne Zika virus has led to the declaration by WHO of a public health emergency of international concern following a steep rise in congenital malformations and neurological complications among new-born children of infected women.

17 Feb
2016

Peace Boat Arrives in Uruguay to Promote the “Making Cities Resilient” Global Campaign

Peace Boat is arriving in Uruguay to promote the “Making Cities Resilient: My City is Getting Ready” Global Campaign that was launched in 2010 by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR). This campaign seeks to strengthen political commitment to the reduction of disaster risks as well as adaption to climate change at the local government level, and to promote collaboration amongst various stakeholders to push for implementation of the Sendai Framework at the local level.

12 Feb
2016

THE HUMAN COST OF THE HOTTEST YEAR ON RECORD - CLIMATE CHANGE AND EL NINO DROVE DISASTERS WORLDWIDE IN 2015

The hottest year on record, 2015, has confirmed that weather and climate-related disasters now dominate disaster trends linked to natural hazards, according to a new analysis presented today. The top five most disaster-hit countries in 2015 were China (26), USA (22), India (19), Philippines (15) and Indonesia (11).

11 Feb
2016

International Conference on the Implementation of the Health Aspects of Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015 – 2030

The Sendai Framework is relevant to the health sector, as to all sectors which contribute to managing health risks of emergencies and disasters. Health is included in the expected outcome and goal of the Sendai Framework.

04 Feb
2016

Municipality of the Month: February - Palmira, Colombia: Building from local, the policy of integral risk management

One of the purposes that demonstrates the territorial effort of municipality of Palmira, led by Dr. José Ritter López Peña, is to promote the sense of transformation in the way social actors assume behaviors that lead to increase the capacity of collective resilience against the risk of disasters.

02 Feb
2016

How can science play a bigger part in reducing disaster risk?

When the Viceroy of Peru, Jose Antonio Mansa de Velasco, was given orders to rebuild Lima after an earthquake in October 1746, he hired the French mathematician, Louis Godin, to come up with a reconstruction plan.

26 Jan
2016

CARIBBEAN´S NEW DISASTER RISK AWARDS

The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) has launched an awards scheme for 2016 which seeks to support national and regional efforts to reduce disaster loss and the impacts of climate change. CDEMA includes some of the most disaster prone small island States in the world, exposed to sea-level rise, storm surges, flooding and landslides during the Atlantic Hurricane Season and situated in the so-called Ring of Fire with its network of active seismic fault lines and volcanoes.

19 Jan
2016

UN launches first Assessment of the Status of Disaster Risk Reduction in Panama

In the face of growing material loss and damage associated with the impact of natural disasters in the region, and the resulting challenge of meeting the development goals; the Government of Panama, through the Ministry of the Interior and the National Civil Protection System (SINAPROC), commissioned the United Nations and strategic partners to carry out the first “Assessment of the Status of Disaster Risk Reduction in the Republic of Panama”.

12 Jan
2016

DR. ROBERT GLASSER TAKES THE HELM AT THE UN OFFICE FOR DISASTER RISK REDUCTION

Dr. Robert Glasser, an experienced leader and thinker on development issues, took up his new role this week as head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR). He was appointed as Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, succeeding Ms. Margareta Wahlström who completed two terms at the end of 2015.

08 Jan
2016

US wildfires set new record

A new report from the US Department of Agriculture highlights the threat of wildfires to a warming, more drought-prone planet and the impact they can have on budgets for forest restoration.

07 Jan
2016

Tuxtla Gutierrez, Mexico: City 3000 World Cities Resilient Campaign, releases multi- threat warning system

After the constant earthquakes that have occurred in this city located southeast of Mexico, Tuxtla Gutierrez 's government announced that it has come up with a system to provide greater security and confidence to families through Project Early Warning System multi- threat called "Red alert Multi 360”.

31 Dec
2015

Facing the new abnormal

In the wake of the extreme tornadoes that struck the United States over Christmas, freak snowfalls in Mexico and heavy flooding in South America and the United Kingdom, Ms. Margareta Wahlström, head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction today urged governments to take more prevention actions to reduce human and economic losses caused by weather related disasters.

29 Dec
2015

"El Niño": Devastation leads to an unforgettable Christmas

While in North America, cities such as New York and several others in the United States are witnessing the hottest Christmas on record and with extreme flooding and tornados resulting in more than 40 deaths in states such as New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Illinois; Mexico is experiencing unusual snowfalls whereas flooding is being faced in the United Kingdom as well as in South America where heavy rains and severe flooding have led to more than 170 thousand people being evacuated in Paraguay, Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay.

29 Dec
2015

Twenty-seven high-level Dominican officials committed to training in comprehensive disaster risk management

With the aim of increasing social demand and political commitment towards a resilient and sustainable national development that adapts to climate change, the Ministry of the Presidency of the Dominican Republic in coordination with the National Emergency Commission (CNE), led the closing of the "Capacity Building Training Workshop for Making Cities Resilient to Disasters”, held recently in Santo Domingo.

12 Dec
2015

DRR in the Caribbean: Road to resilience, road to sustainable development

“2015 has been a watershed year in the international arena with respect to the setting of a global agenda for resilience” noted Most Hon. P. J. Patterson, ON, OCC, PC, QC on the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 and its importance for its implementation in the Caribbean States, during his opening ceremony speech of the 9th Caribbean C

10 Dec
2015

Ministry of the Presidency of Dominican Republic, UNISDR and GETI conduct first Capacity Building Workshop for the Resilience of Cities in the Americas

With the aim of increasing social demand and political commitment towards a resilient and sustainable national development that adapts to climate change, the Ministry of the Presidency of the Dominican Republic in coordination with the National Emergency Commission (CNE), led the closing of the "Capacity Building Training Workshop for Making Cities Resilient to Disasters”, held recently in Santo Domingo.

09 Dec
2015

Americas hit hard by El Niño

The Americas are paying a high price as one of the worst El Niños on record continues to strengthen. The World Meteorological Organization this week singled out “considerable concern” about the impact of El Niño on the Amazon basin in the context of long-term climate change.

27 Nov
2015

UNISDR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY CONFERENCE ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE SENDAI FRAMEWORK FOR DISASTER RISK REDUCTION 2015-2030

On behalf of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) we are pleased to invited you to promote and support the availability and application of science and technology for decision-making in Disaster Risk Reduction by attending this important international event on science and technology.

25 Nov
2015

20-year review shows 90% of disasters are weather-related; US, China, India, Philippines and Indonesia record the most

A new report issued today by the UN, “The Human Cost of Weather Related Disasters”, shows that over the last twenty years, 90% of major disasters have been caused by 6,457 recorded floods, storms, heatwaves, droughts and other weather-related events.

23 Nov
2015

The volcano that changed the course of disaster risk management

The head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), Margareta Wahlström, today described the eruption of the Nevado del Ruiz volcano which claimed 25,000 lives in Colombia on November 13, 1985, as “a major turning point in the history of disaster risk management.”

13 Nov
2015

Mayors call for protection of heritage sites from disasters

Mayors from the 250-member strong Organization of World Heritage Cities (OWHC) have called for member cities to include protection of cultural heritage in disaster risk management plans as set out in the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

12 Nov
2015

How Mexico handled Patricia

Ten days ago, the news broke that “the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Western Hemisphere” was about to slam into the Pacific coastline of Mexico.

02 Nov
2015

What would you bring in case of an emergency? Yon kit byen vit!

What’s a family emergency tool kit? 9 Haitian families answered this question very well during a somewhat peculiar contest hold on October 16 in Port au Prince: Yon kit byen vit! (Creole meaning 'Your kit, quickly!').

29 Oct
2015

El Niño and climate change pose existential threat to Pacific islands

The Head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), Margareta Wahlström, today opened the 2015 Pacific Regional Disaster Resilience Meeting amidst fears that El Niño will result in more extreme weather events across the hazard-prone region of small islands and atolls.

28 Oct
2015

Municipality of the Month October - November 2015: Caracas a city for life: Disaster resilience organization, Metropolitan Government of Caracas, Venezuela

The Metropolitan Government of Caracas is the entity responsible for the coordination and planning of environmental and urban issues for the Metropolitan area of Caracas, which includes the municipalities of Libertador, Chacao, Baruta, Sucre and El Hatillo.

26 Oct
2015

Secretary-General's message on UN Day

National flags are a mark of pride and patriotism in every country around the world. But there is only one flag that belongs to all of us. That blue flag of the United Nations was a banner of hope for me growing up in wartime Korea.

23 Oct
2015

Panamanians say that disaster risk is increasing

Four out of nine Panamanians think that disaster risk has increased, and inhabitants of Panama Metro attribute this increase to both the construction of housing developments in flood zones and the lack of disaster risk information. This shows the need for a plan which aims to educate and empower people to take action to face disasters.

13 Oct
2015

UN CHOOSES EIGHT COMMUNITIES AS CHAMPIONS OF DISASTER RISK REDUCTION

Eight communities living with the threat of floods, storms, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions were today recognised as Champions of Disaster Risk Reduction by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR).

13 Oct
2015

MESSAGE FOR THE INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR DISASTER REDUCTION

This year’s observance of the International Day for Disaster Reduction is dedicated to the power of traditional, indigenous and local knowledge. In March 2015 in Sendai, Japan, I met with the President of Vanuatu, His Excellency Baldwin Lonsdale, at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction. On that very day, his island nation was devastated by Cyclone Pam, one of the strongest storms ever to strike the Pacific.

12 Oct
2015

Addressing Disaster Risk Reduction in a post 2015 framework

The Association of Caribbean States (ACS) through its Directorate of Disaster Risk Reduction convened the 23rd Meeting of the Special Committee on Disaster Risk Reduction at the ACS Secretariat in Port of Spain on 9th October, 2015.

09 Oct
2015

Understanding ancestral knowledge, contributing to community resilience in Nicaragua

In order to collect information on the ancestral practices of indigenous peoples on issues of risk prevention, mitigation and management, the municipality of Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua developed the “Socio Cultural Diagnosis on strategies for risk prevention, mitigation and management traditionally practiced among indigenous peoples”.

05 Oct
2015

#IDDR2015: Banking seeds in a brutal climate

The tiny community of El Solís in rural Guatemala is tapping into its local knowledge on biodiversity and maintaining a native seeds bank to help it cope with drought, food insecurity and climate change.

02 Oct
2015

Municipality of the Month September - District of Carabayllo, Lima – Peru”

For our district of Carabayllo - Lima, this opportunity to participate in the “My City is Getting Ready” campaign, is critical because it involves actions informed by Disaster Risk Management. We have been working on risk assessment, prevention measures, risk reduction, disaster preparedeness, disaster response, rehabilitation after a disaster and reconstruction of the affected. These actions have been developed since 2011 to the present.

23 Sep
2015

The European Union maintains its support to Disaster Risk Reduction in the Caribbean

To address this increasing concern, the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO), jointly with its partners the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, will be gathering in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, from 21st to 23rd September with regional and national stakeholders and promoters of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), in a planning workshop.

22 Sep
2015

Mexico’s new seismic warning system

The head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), Margareta Wahlström, will take part tomorrow in the 30th anniversary commemoration of the earthquake which struck Mexico City on September 19, 1985.

18 Sep
2015

Chile´s investment in disaster risk reduction

The head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), Margareta Wahlström, today congratulated the Chilean government on its successful efforts to reduce disaster risk and minimise the number of casualties from the 8.3 magnitude earthquake and tsunami which occurred last night.

17 Sep
2015

AR!SE Colombia: First National Chapter of the Private Sector Alliance for Risk-Sensitive Investment in the world

With the objective of consolidating a resilient country against disaster risk through strategic linkages among the public and private sectors, the Colombia National Chapter of the Private Sector Alliance for Risk Sensitive Investment (AR!SE) was launched.

14 Sep
2015

Public and private sectors of Colombia unite in alliance for a more Resilient country

With the objective of coordinating actions, efforts, capacities and knowledge to build the resilience of institutions, businesses and communities under the National System for Disaster Risk Management, the “Articulation of the Private Sector on Disaster Risk Management” publication was launched.

11 Sep
2015

OAS and UNISDR, united in support of the Sendai Framework

The head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), Margareta Wahlström, today extended her condolences to the people of the small island state of Dominica as they enter a second day of national mourning for the 31 people who have died and the 35 reported missing in the wake of a tropical storm which arrived with little or no warning.

07 Sep
2015

Tropical storm Erika highlights serious gaps in early warning systems

The head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), Margareta Wahlström, today extended her condolences to the people of the small island state of Dominica as they enter a second day of national mourning for the 31 people who have died and the 35 reported missing in the wake of a tropical storm which arrived with little or no warning.

05 Sep
2015

The CDEMA Council’s Award

The overall objective of this prestigious award is to promote increased awareness of and to encourage deeper engagement in advancing the Comprehensive Disaster Management approach to disaster risk reduction, including the climate change phenomenon, in the CDEMA Participating States.

2 Sep
2015

UNISDR and CorpoRiesgos sign Partnership Agreement to promote the Global Campaign for Resilient Cities a contribution to the implementation of the Sendai Framework 2015-2030

The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and the Colombian NGO Corporation for Risk Management - Solidarity Fund (CorpoRiesgos), have recently signed a Collaboration Agreement to strengthen efforts for the promotion of actions aimed at reducing the risk of disaster and building resilience at the local level in Colombia.

31 Ago
2015

UNISDR invites stakeholders to nominate experts or representatives to help develop the “Words into Action” guides on priority topics

The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, adopted at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction on 18 March 2015 in Sendai, Japan, calls upon the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) to facilitate consultative processes to develop practical guides for implementation.

31 Ago
2015

Hurricane Katrina raised the bar for disaster risk management

Ms. Wahlström said: “Hurricane Katrina exposed weaknesses in disaster risk management which are common to many hazard prone locations around the world. We can learn a lot from New Orleans if we are to achieve substantial reductions in disaster losses as called for in the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction which was adopted by governments earlier this year.

28 Ago
2015

Development of Resilient Mountain Cities: A proposal to support the implementation of the Sendai Framework

In the framework of the Global Workshop of Focal Points and Advocates of the Global Campaign “Making Cities Resilient”, twenty advocates of the Campaign as well as staff of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) from 18 countries in Africa, the Arab States, Asia, Europe and the Americas, proposed measures to enhance the dissemination, relevance and implementation of the campaign and its New Ten Essentials, such as the development of Resilient Cities.

26 Ago
2015

Municipality of Bugaba, Panama; moving towards a Sustainable and Resilient Development

The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), through its Regional Office for the Americas, and the Municipality of Bugaba, Panama signed a Partnership Framework for advancing the sustainable and resilient development of the municipality, based on the Global Campaign “Making Cities Resilient: My City is Getting Ready ", promoted by UNISDR since 2010.

24 Ago
2015

Cuban students win International Architecture Award

Put in place by Architecture students from the Central University Marta Abreu de las Villas, the project Rescate de Cayo Gramma, in Santiago de Cuba, received one of the two awards given throughout the VII International Competition of Architecture for Disaster Risk Reduction, with its headquarters in London, United Kingdom.

13Ago
2015

The Challenge of Small Island Developing States: Barbados, Mauritius, Samoa and beyond

The United Nations Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States defines small island developing states, or SIDS, as “a distinct group of developing countries facing specific social, economic and environmental vulnerabilities”. These countries are across the globe in the Caribbean, the Pacific, Atlantic and Indian Oceans, and the Mediterranean and South China Sea.

13Ago
2015

Experts from the Americas commit to ensure compliance with the Sendai Framework in Colombia

Experts from the region of the Americas pledged to help meet the expected outcome, scope, purpose, priorities for action, goals and guiding principles of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, adopted last March by the Member States of the United Nations in Sendai, Japan.

30 Jul
2015

'Knowledge for Life' – UN launches search for communities good at managing the risk of disasters

The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) today launched a search for communities that demonstrate excellence in managing disaster risk in order to draw attention to the importance of local knowledge, traditions and customs in the struggle against extreme weather events, climate change and earthquakes.

28 Jul
2015

Print edition of Handbook on Emergency and Disability launched: A result of the cooperation between countries of the Americas that inspires projects throughout the continent.

The NGO Inclusiva, winner of the 2014 Risk Award, together with the National Emergency Office of Chile ONEMI, the Metropolitan Technological University, Southern University of Chile and PAHO/WHO, launched the printed version of the “Manual for Inclusive Emergency Management: Human rights of people with disabilities in emergencies.”

27 Jul
2015

The protection of vulnerable people: More necessary year by year

With the aim of conducting a process of institutional strengthening on the principles of protection and support the actions of relevant bodies on issues of disaster risk reduction to promote the protection of the most vulnerable people at the territorial level, starting in July 2014, the regional project “Protecting vulnerable groups in Central America through the inclusion of protection principles in preparedness and response” is being implemented in Guatemala in the framework of the IX DIPECHO Project 2014-2015.

14 Jul
2015

UN and PCM present Global Assessment Report (GAR) in Peru

The United Nations launched today in Lima the Spanish version of the Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction 2015 (GAR) prepared by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR). The launch ceremony, organized jointly by the UN and the Presidency of the Council of Ministers (PCM), was led by Maria Luisa Silva, UN Resident Coordinator in Peru and Manuel Mesones, Secretary General of the PCM.

14 Jul
2015

Municipality of the Month July - Duran, Ecuador: Regularizing informal settlements to ensure the “Buen Vivir” or “good living”

In the words of the mayor of the municipality of Duran, Ecuador, Alexandra Arce Pluas: The participation in the Campaign is our commitment to strengthening our capacities (technical, social and cultural), to address climate change, to be a resilient territory and to achieve a replicable process in others cities to ensure “Good Living”, so that it may be carried out under similar conditions and with similar objectives.

13 Jul
2015

Example of Personal Resilience for Peace and Human Rights

As part of the 70th anniversary of the creation of the United Nations, of the 70 years of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the arrival of the NGO Peace Boat at the Port of Colon, Panama; a Forum of testimonies was held with atomic bomb survivors (Hibakusha in Japanese), who shared their experiences of personal resilience after succeeding to overcome such a tragic event.

02 Jul
2015

Inclusive Plan for Emergency and/or Disaster Situations, Consistent with the Sendai Framework, Launched in Argentina

The NGO Inclusiva, winner of the 2014     Risk Award”, alongside the Under Secretary for Coordination of Policy Integration of the Province of Buenos Aires, Argentina and the Provincial Council on Disability (COPRODIS) of the Province of Buenos Aires presented the “Inclusive Plan for Emergency and/or Disaster Situations” (PISEC), which provides for the coordination of actions for disaster risk reduction with an inclusive approach involving local governments, organizations of and for disabled people and the government of the province of Buenos Aires.adaptation and mitigation of climate change.

02 Jul
2015

Mountain Soil: A Key Element to Facing Climate Change with Resilience

Approximately 900 million people live in mountain areas in the world and another large part of the population in cities located downstream who depend on vital services provided by mountain soils for food production, biodiversity, and adaptation and mitigation of climate change.

29 Jun
2015

The Volunteer Network of Professional for Resilience in Nicaragua proposes: “Don’t be part of the problem, be part of the solution.”

"Don’t be part of the problem, be part of the solution. Become Resilient! '' is the proposal from the Volunteer Network of Professionals for Resilience in Nicaragua, which use comics and visual language to present everyday situations to convey that disasters are not natural but a result of a collective failure as a community to cope with natural hazards.

23 Jun
2015

The European Union grants 2.5 million euros to contribute to disaster preparedness in Peru

The European Union granted 2.5 million euros to Peru to strengthen the National System for Disaster Risk Management (SINAGERD), in order to prepare the most vulnerable populations in the different regions of the country and implement disaster response measures.

23 Jun
2015

The Sendai aftermath challenge: Going from disaster risk management to an effective disaster risk reduction strategy as a development plan

Margareta Wahlström, Special Representative for the United Nations Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, thanked the Central American region for their contributions to the recent adopted Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, and emphasized that “the challenge now is to go from disaster risk reduction management to an effective disaster risk reduction strategy as a development plan.”

19 Jun
2015

Call for good practices: Integrating gender in Early Warning Systems

The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) through its regional office for the Americas is carrying out a call for good practices throughout Central America and the Caribbean on integrating gender and women empowerment in Early Warning Systems (EWS).

19 Jun
2015

Indaiatuba (São Paulo), Brazil: Resilience focused on citizen

In 2005, following the effects of a tornado - a rare event in the region - the administration of Indaiatuba / SP / Brazil understands that resilience requires that all actions be aimed at human development, beyond the collective welfare.

11 Jun
2015

UNISDR presents Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction 2015 in Colombia

Within the theme “Towards Sustainable Development: The Future of Disaster Risk Management”, the United National Disaster Risk Reduction Office in Colombia published the Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction 2015 (GAR).

11 Jun
2015

USAID/OFDA and local organizations join forces for a more resilient region

This month, the United States Agency for International Development/Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance Abroad (USAID/OFDA) newsletter highlights the programmes implemented in the field in Latin America, in collaboration with local programmes and in preparation for the hurricane season.

08 Jun
2015

UN General Assembly Endorses Global Disaster Risk Plan

The head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, Margareta Wahlström, today welcomed the UN General Assembly’s endorsement of a new global plan to reduce deaths and injuries, the numbers of people affected and economic losses arising from disasters. Ms. Wahlström said: “The UN General Assembly has moved quickly to endorse the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction which is a sign of strong political support to move ahead on implementation. It is also significant that it agreed a second resolution calling for the creation of an intergovernmental working group on indicators which will enable measurement of progress in achieving the targets over the next 15 years.”

06 Jun
2015

Central America: Pioneer in the Analysis of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR)

The main objective of the May and June workshops is to contribute to the development and optimization of national development priorities that incorporate comprehensive disaster risk management in the framework of existing policies and with the support of international cooperation. These workshops are being held in Central America to discuss the strategic lines of the recently adopted Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015 to 2030 (SFDRR) and its links with the priorities identified.

06 Jun
2015

Dominican Republic prepares for disaster: Launches new projects funded by the EU

More than 80,000 people in the Dominican Republic will benefit from over $2.7 million in investment through the Disaster Preparedness Programme (DIPECHO) 2015-2016 to reduce the impact of natural hazards by preparing vulnerable populations and the strengthening of state institutions in disaster risk management issues.

29 May
2015

European Union launches new Disaster Preparedness Plan in the Caribbean

The European Union has allocated 10 million dollars (9.33 million euros) for risk reduction activities in the Caribbean. Communities highly exposed to floods, hurricanes, tsunamis and earthquakes will benefit from disaster preparedness projects funded by the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department (ECHO), through its DIPECHO Programme (Disaster Preparedness ECHO). A total of 14 projects will be implemented in the region between 2015 and 2016 in order to reduce the vulnerability to natural hazards and to better prepare communities and authorities to respond to emergencies.

28 May
2015

CALL: Technical Assistance Exchanges between Local Government Development and Strengthening of Capacities for Building Resilience

An invitation to the leaders of local governments to reaffirm their commitment to the sustainable and resilient development of their communities in disaster situations, in order to contribute to the development of their competencies (knowledge, skills, etc.) and management skills (organization, regulatory frameworks, etc.) on issues related to disaster risk reduction.

20 May
2015

Sendai Framework for DRR Incorporated in the Declaration of Guatemala, Towards the World Humanitarian Summit

The Declaration of Guatemala, product of the “VII Meeting on International Mechanisms of Humanitarian Assistance (MIAH)”, included a reference to the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 (SFDRR) as a global reference for comprehensive risk management on the post-2015 developmental agenda.

18 May
2015

Manaus, Brazil: Resilience when facing disasters is part of the cultural change

Prefeitura de Manaus. For the city of Manaus, Brazil, its participation in the campaign is seen as an opportunity to strengthen the work of reducing the risk that the municipality anticipates and to exchange experiences with stakeholders at national and international level.

07 May
2015

UN in Cuba presents Multimedia on Recovery of Santiago after Hurricane Sandy

Two and a half years after the impact of Hurricane Sandy in Santiago, the second most important province of Cuba, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Cuba in collaboration with the Faculty of Construction of the University of Oriente, developed the multimedia application "The Recovery of Santiago de Cuba after Hurricane Sandy " based on the premise that learning from this experience is key to strengthening resilience..

04 May
2015

Thirteen Programs in the Americas Earn Emergency Management Accreditation

The British Virgin Islands; the States of Arkansas, Arizona, Nebraska and Connecticut; the USACE Kansas City and Seattle Districts; the Commonwealths of Kentucky and Pennsylvania; the Dixie County, Fla., Montgomery County, Md. and Saint Charles Parish, La.; and the Idaho State University Programs have earned accreditation by the Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP).

28 Apr
2015

Canada calls for National Disaster Mitigation Program proposals

The ministry of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness of Canada launched the first call for proposals within the CAD$ 200 million (approx. US$ 165 million) National Disaster Mitigation Program (NDMP), as part of the Government’s commitment to build safer and more resilient communities.

28 Apr
2015

The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon at the Panama Summit

The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon urged the presidents and heads of state of the Americas to continue their efforts to eradicate poverty, reduce inequalities and promote development, as he reiterated the commitment of the organization to accompany and support countries in meeting the challenge of further progress in the pursuit of prosperity, during the opening ceremony of the VII Summit of the Americas held in Panama City, Panama.

11 Apr
2015

Ban Ki-moon will meet with UN staff in Panama, under the Seventh Summit of the Americas

Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations, will meet this Friday with regional and national UN personnel based in Panama, to exchange ideas on the future of the organization and its impact on the development of the Americas, within the framework of his participation at the VII Summit of the Americas.

08 Apr
2015

Municipality of the Month April 2015: Esteban Echeverria, Argentina: Intergovernmental Coordination to strentgtnen the City Resilience

Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations, will meet this Friday with regional and national UN personnel based in Panama, to exchange ideas on the future of the organization and its impact on the development of the Americas, within the framework of his participation at the VII Summit of the Americas.

07 Apr
2015

Sendai UN World Conference hailed for accessibility

The Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (#WCDRR), is being hailed by participants as the first international meeting of its kind to provide a wide range of accessibility features for people living with disabilities. As a result, more than 200 persons with disabilities are actively participating in the Conference proceedings as delegates, speakers, panellists, and contributors. Thirty-four events from the Official Conference Programme and Public Forum address issues of disability. The five-day Conference closes today.

18 Mar
2015

World Conference adopts new international framework for disaster risk reduction after marathon negotiations

Representatives from 187 UN member States today adopted the first major agreement of the Post-2015 development agenda, a far reaching new framework for disaster risk reduction with seven targets and four priorities for action.

18 Mar
2015

Model researcher wins 2015 Sasakawa Award

The Jury of the 2015 United Nations Sasakawa Award for Disaster Risk Reduction today said the work of this year’s winner – Allan Lavell – that he represents “A timeless model; a model for all times.” The Head of the Sasakawa Award Jury Prof. Dr. Murat Balamir said: “This personal performance is a perfect example of how grand achievements are possible with individual dedication, despite humble resources and grants. The enduring and most influential individual efforts of Mr. Lavell, in undertaking various roles in a multi-actor environment, make him a leader in the DRM community.”

17 Mar
2015

UN Secretary-General calls for massive investment in disaster risk reduction

The UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, today opened the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, stating that annual economic losses now exceed US$ 300 billion annually. “We can watch that number grow as more people suffer. Or we can dramatically lower that figure and invest the savings in development. Six billion dollars allocated each year can result in savings of up to US$360 billion by 2030, the Secretary-General said.

15 Mar
2015

Japan launches US$4 billion Sendai Cooperation Initiative as Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction opens

he Japanese Prime Minister, Mr. Shinzo Abe, today pledged $US 4 billion to support implementation of the “Sendai Cooperation Initiative for Disaster Risk Reduction” over the next four years. Speaking at the opening of the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, Mr. Abe said: “Disaster risk reduction is the most important challenge for both developed and developing countries. For developing countries in particular, where 90% of disaster victims are concentrated.”

14 Mar
2015

ISO standard to disaster-proof cities announced at UN conference

The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) today agreed to help pioneer a new ISO Standard in 45 cities already recognized for their commitment to keeping their citizens safe from a range of natural hazards including floods, storms and earthquakes. The new ISO standard for resilient and sustainable cities – ISO 37120 – is based on 100 indicators which steer and measure the performance of city services and quality of life. It is being implemented by the Toronto-based World Council on City Data (WCCD).

13 Mar
2015

Municipality of the Month March 2015: Nocaima, Cundinamarca, Colombia

For the municipality of Nocaima, Cundinamarca - Colombia, participation in the campaign is an opportunity not only to raise awareness of our ongoing efforts against to build resilience in our population, but also an opportunity to share knowledge and actions to strengthen our work in Nocaima´s community.

07 Mar
2015

UN SECRETARY-GENERAL: WORLD THREATENED BY DANGEROUS AND UNACCEPTABLE LEVELS OF RISK FROM DISASTERS

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today warned that “growing global inequality, increasing exposure to natural hazards, rapid urbanization and the overconsumption of energy and natural resources threaten to drive risk to dangerous and unpredictable levels with systemic global impacts.”

04 Mar
2015

Judges announce Sasakawa Award short-list

The judges of the 2015 United Nations Sasakawa Award for Disaster Reduction have today announced their final short-list of three. The nominees are Allan Lavell, a disaster risk researcher and consultant based in Costa Rica; the Australian Business Roundtable for Disaster Resilience and Safer Communities; and the Jeffrey Town Farmers’ Association of Jamaica.

03 Mar
2015

UN recognizes Hoboken as a role model city

The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction has designated the City of Hoboken, New Jersey, USA, as a Role Model City of the Making Cities Resilient campaign for its flood risk management practices. These include plans to retain over a million gallons of stormwater runoff through green infrastructure.

03 Mar
2015

Press Release: 32 DAYS TO GO BEFORE THE WCDRR

Margareta Wahlström, the UN Head of the Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) met yesterday with the Prime Minister of Japan Mr. Shinzo Abe in Tokyo and discussed with him the preparations for the next UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction that will be hosted by Japan in Sendai from 14 to 18 March. 

02 Feb
2015

Peace Boat arrives in Callao, Peru, to welcome children's proposals on resilience building

Peace Boat arrived in Callao port to receive proposals from Peruvian children and youngsters to be later taken to the III United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) to be held in Japan. Peace Boat's goal is to share experiences with Japan at a regional level, in order to promote commitments through the production of resilience for the next world conference.

28 Jan
2015

The Year of Resilience

Ten years ago this month, representatives from 168 United Nations member states met in Kobe, the capital of Japan’s Hyogo Prefecture, to decide how to manage risk better in the wake of the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami, which claimed more than 227,000 lives. Over five days, which included the anniversary of the 1995 Kobe earthquake, they crafted the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA), composed of a raft of measures designed to “reduce the losses in lives and social, economic, and environmental assets of communities and countries.”

16 Jan
2015

Peace Boat and UN promote resilience from Chile and Peru, on the road to the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction

With the conviction that strengthening resilience is key to the sustainable development of the region, experts from Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Chile, Honduras, Nicaragua, Uruguay and Japan will discuss proposals and challenges in this area, during the 86th Global Voyage organized by the Japanese NGO Peace Boat, arriving at ports of Valparaiso, Chile and Callao, Peru. The regional meeting is part of the international actions that are taking place in preparation for the Third United Nations World Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction (#WCDRR) to be held in Sendai, Japan, from 14 to 18 March, and will provide the opportunity for Latin America and Japan to share experiences on the advances and challenges in the region on both disaster risk reduction strengthening resilience from community level and involving all sectors.

15 Jan
2015

Every disaster is different: Hazard-Specific Disaster Risk Reduction Implementation Guide

The Latin America and Caribbean regional office of the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA), published the “Hazard-specific Disaster Risk Reduction Implementation Guide”, intended to guide analysis of which USAID/OFDA sectors and sub-sectors may be most relevant to reducing risk related to an identified hazard in the programme location. As set out in USAID/OFDA’s DRR conceptual framework, the broad context of the area exposed to a given natural hazard, and the capacities that exist within that area, will also serve to guide the development of appropriate DRR programmes.

12 Jan
2015

UNISDR publishes Proceedings of the Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction of the Americas

The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), through its Regional Office for the Americas, published the ‘Proceedings of the Fourth Session of the Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas,’ a document which includes among other things, the progress and challenges of the region in resilience building and disaster risk reduction, as well as key contributions to the new post-2015 disaster risk reduction framework, which will be approved during the Third United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (Sendai, Japan, 14 to 18 March, 2015).

09 Jan
2015

Information and Risk Management Systems of Bogota, Colombia and Parana, Brazil; Winners of the UN call on disaster risk-sensitive local innovation and development

The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) recognized the “Risk Management and Climate Change Information System (SIRE)” in Bogota, Colombia, and the “Civil Defence Information System (SIDS)” of Parana, Brazil as the most innovative in support of local development sensitive to disaster risk and climate change adaptation. They will be presented at the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) to be held in Sendai, Japan from 14 to 18 March.

08 Jan
2015

USAID/OFDA Newsletter: Investing in a resilient future for Latin America

In its December newsletter, the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID/OFDA) highlights its disasters risk reduction (DRR) projects in vulnerable areas of Haiti, Peru, Jamaica and Colombia, which were recently awarded US$ 9.6 million.

24 Dec
2014

Video New Year´s Message 2014-2015 from UNISDR - Americas

As the year comes to an end, it is time to not only highlight this year´s achievements, but to assess the challenges, and draw a strategic course toward a historical 2015; where key events such as the United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction will contribute to a new global framework for community resilience to be widely recognized as a priority for sustainable development, for which new objectives will be agreed in 2015, as will a global agreement regarding climate change.

19 Dec
2014

The importance of tsunami early warning systems for human security

Preventionweb is launching today the Guest Editorial titled "The importance of tsunami early warning systems for human security". This theme bears a very special connotation as exactly 10 years have passed since the 26 December 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami. As you know, in many places remembrance events will take place.

17 Dec
2014

Chilean President enacts National Policy for DRR and signs bill

Chilean president, Michelle Bachelet, signed the bill that will replace the National Emergency Office by the National Risk and Emergency Management Service, which will be responsible for planning, coordinating, advising and supervising all institutions in this area.

16 Dec
2014

Sasakawa long list announced

The 2015 Sasakawa Award has generated a huge response with 88 nominations of individuals and organizations received from a remarkable 44 countries. And the four judges – from Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania – have taken the first important step by announcing their first long list of 33 nominations that remain in contention for the prestigious award. The full list still under consideration is found below.

12 Dec
2014

Apply to IGNITE Stage at WCDRR now!

The IGNITE Stage is a special venue where WCDRR participants are allowed 15 minutes to present a disaster risk reduction topic, project or initiative. Its aim is to widen the array of topics that are discussed at the World Conference beyond those that are presented in the main sessions and events.

12 Dec

"Municipalities Of The Month" In The Americas During 2014

This space is dedicated to promote the work of the local governments participating in the Global Campaign "Making Cities Resilient: Mi City is Getting Ready". Every month, experiences on how local governments deal with risk management in the Americas will be presented.

11 Dec
2014

A Proactive Approach Can Reduce the Impact of Disasters in Central America

The impact of disasters in Central America is growing despite government efforts to address disaster risk reduction. This is due, among other things, to the lack of investment and rapid population and urban growth. In countries like Panama, there is an increased risk of disasters primarily in provinces like Panama, Veraguas, Chiriqui, Colon and Cocle. A sustainable development approach could therefore reduce the impact of disasters in the region.

28 Nov
2014

The Ministry of Environment of Perú and the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) are pleased to invite you to the HIGH LEVEL PANEL ON FINANCIAL MECHANISMS FOR ENHANCING RESILIENCE

The High-Level Panel will reflect on how a range of financial mechanism could unlock action for building resilience by supporting the implementation of disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation (CCA). The Panel will introduce opportunities to make financial resources available through dedicated funds, risk transfer mechanisms, national budget processes and providing incentives for private sector investments, and will examine the relevance of the post 2015 framework for disaster risk reduction as a support to guide implementation.

27 Nov
2014

Financial Accounting ‘Strengthens Resilience’

Financial accounting for disaster risk is an opportunity to strengthen national resilience, leaders from the public and private sector were told today. The Assistant Director of Risk from Colombia’s Ministry of Finance and Public Credit, Ms Sandra Lucero Rodriguez Samacá, said: “We have looked at risk as an opportunity. This means we are better prepared to face disasters.”

20 Nov
2014

It is Imperative to Continue Increasing the Resilience of Caribbean Cities and Communities

More than 50 experts in disaster reduction and management in the Caribbean will gather from October 16th to 17th in Montego Bay, Jamaica, to promote disaster risk reduction in the region through the exchange of knowledge and experiences.

20 Nov
2014

 

 

 

 

 

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