Disaster Risk Reduction

News in Brief 5 November 2018

  • Healing of ozone layer gives hope for climate action: UN report
  • Saudi Arabia expresses Khashoggi killing ‘regret and pain’ at UN rights review
  • ‘Rare but devastating’ tsunamis underscore need for better preparation, UN chief urges on World Day
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Improve collection of data on disasters, Secretary-General Guterres urges

Highlighting the steep human and economic impact of disasters, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has called on countries to improve data collection on the catastrophes, including comprehensive accounting of economic losses, to advance progress on crisis prevention.

Greek wildfire tragedy: world must ‘step up efforts’ against deadly fire risk, says UN disaster reduction chief

Following the death of at least 80 people due to wildfires close to the Greek capital, Athens, in recent days, the top UN official for Disaster Risk Reduction expressed her condolences and called for more investment in wildfire suppression and prevention across the world.

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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