Disaster Risk Reduction

Thai cave boys spared thundershowers, highlighting extreme climate disruption: UN weather agency

Thundershowers that have been forecast in northern Thailand luckily did not materialize, easing the extraordinary rescue of a boys’ football team and their coach, who spent well over two weeks trapped in a cave complex there, UN weather experts said on Tuesday.

Disasters could cost Asia-Pacific region $160 billion per year by 2030, UN warns

Economic losses to disasters in Asia and the Pacific could exceed $160 billion annually by 2030, the United Nations development arm in the region warned on Tuesday, urging greater innovation in disaster risk financing.

UN launches new global data collection tool to help reduce disaster, losses taking ‘a huge toll’

The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) kicked off on Thursday a historic new effort to collect comprehensive global data on disaster losses.

UN Economic and Social Council urges ‘action now;’ long-term measures to tackle natural disasters

The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) on Wednesday called on UN Member States and the international community to ensure that in the wake of the recent devastating floods, hurricanes and earthquakes that impacted numerous countries, the humanitarian response is complemented by medium- and long-term recovery and reconstruction efforts.

Disaster risk outpaces resilience in Asia-Pacific, warns UN regional commission

Disaster risk is outpacing resilience in Asia-Pacific and putting people in this most disaster-prone region at risk of being pushed back into poverty, the latest report from a United Nations regional commission has revealed.

Disaster protection needn’t cost billions: UN expert

Natural disasters are a major brake on development but low-cost initiatives can counter the threat they pose.

That’s according to senior UN official Robert Glasser, head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR).

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Women “more vulnerable” to disaster impact, with exceptions

Women continue to be “more vulnerable” to the impacts of disaster, but in some countries its men who are more of a concern.

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Support for the disabled facing disasters “still in a symbolic stage”

Support for people with disabilities around the world who are preparing for disasters is “still in a symbolic stage”.

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Drought a bigger problem than hurricanes for Caribbean farmers

Drought is a bigger, more “insidious” problem for vulnerable farmers in Jamaica and the Caribbean than the more headline-grabbing disasters such as hurricanes.

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Reality "catching up" with short-term thinking on development: UNDP

When it comes to the whole “action agenda” on sustainable development, “reality is catching up” with governments which fail to think long-term.

That’s according to a senior UN Development Programme (UNDP) official for Latin America and the Caribbean, Matilde Mordt.

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