Disaster Risk

Online tool that monitors disaster losses will save lives in Pacific: UN expert

Representatives from 10 countries in the Pacific region have been trained in how to use an online tool to track disaster losses.

Julia Dean spoke to Andy McElroy, the UN official who led the workshop, held recently in Fiji.

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Incorporating traditional culture “key” to disaster management

Engaging local communities and incorporating traditional cultures is key to managing disasters in Indonesia.

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UN hails ambitious Canada-Mexico-US partnership to fight climate change

The head of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) today hailed as “a major breakthrough” a recent announcement by Canada, Mexico and the United States that they will take sweeping action to achieve 50 per cent clean power generation by 2025 and cooperate on reducing disaster risk.

Fiji praised for disaster prevention measures ahead of killer cyclone

Fiji sustained terrible loss of life from Cyclone Winston, but it could have been much worse without the preventative measures taken before the storm hit, UN disaster relief experts said on Monday.

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World Tsunami Awareness Day welcome boost for disaster risk reduction – UN official

The head of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction today welcomed the resolution adopted by the General Assembly recognizing 5 November as World Tsunami Awareness Day.

Ban appoints experienced Australian national as new UN disaster risk reduction chief

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Australia’s Robert Glasser as Assistant Secretary-General and Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR).

Natural disasters - New strategy aims to build resilience, reduce loss

In a year when countries are set to adopt a global sustainable development agenda, and to forge a meaningful, binding climate change agreement, world leaders meeting in Sendai, Japan, signed on to a new framework for making the world safer from the threats of natural disasters.

Lessons from Japan tsunami vital to new disaster risk reduction agreement, says UN official

Three days before the opening of the Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, the head of the United Nations office dedicated to dealing with the threat posed by disasters took part today in a ceremony of solemn remembrance in Tokyo for those who died in the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami of 11 March 2011.

Japan to host world conference on disaster risk reduction in 2015 – UN

Japan will host the world conference slated to be held in 2015 at which countries will adopt the successor to the current global blueprint for disaster risk reduction efforts, it was announced today at a United Nation forum on the issue that wrapped up in Geneva.

UN global disasters forum opens with condolences for Oklahoma City tornado victims

A United Nations forum dedicated to building resilience to disasters and making communities safer opened today in Geneva with expressions of sympathy for the people of Oklahoma City over the loss of life caused yesterday by a deadly tornado.