Pre-stored data vital for mitigating natural disasters, UN reports

With climate change likely to increase both the frequency and severity of natural disasters, the United Nations today launched guidelines to help States pre-emptively amass the data vital for effective relief operations to avoid compounding the original catastrophe.

New UN-Japan pact seeks to boost use of space data to reduce disaster risk

A new agreement between the United Nations and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) will enable them to boost their cooperation to use space-based information and services to help reduce the risk of disasters in the Asia-Pacific region.

UN, aid partners issue call for global efforts to slash climate-induced disaster risks

The United Nations and its humanitarian partners appealed today for stepped-up action on a global scale to boost preparedness for effectively responding to disasters brought on by climate change.

Time to prepare for disasters caused by climate change is now, says UN

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) today launched a campaign to raise awareness of the humanitarian implications of climate change, calling for improved disaster preparedness and response measures in countries that suffer most from extreme weather events.

Volcano experts gather for UN meeting in the Comoros

Experts in vulcanology, natural resources and disaster prevention are gathering today in the Comoros for the start of a United Nations-sponsored conference examining how the Indian Ocean archipelago can better manage and profit from the active volcano that dominates the main island in the chain.

Do more, invest more in mitigating impact of natural disasters, Ban tells world

Much more needs to be done and much greater funding made available to mitigate the devastating toll of natural disasters in an age when climate change threatens to increase both their frequency and severity, according to a United Nations report released today.

On International Day, UN stresses need to make hospitals safe from disasters

United Nations officials are marking the International Day for Disaster Reduction with a call to invest more to make hospitals safe in the event of natural hazards such as earthquakes and cyclones, stressing that doing so not only saves lives but is highly cost-effective.

UN humanitarian chief stresses role of reinforced hospitals in disaster mitigation

With natural disasters claiming 230,000 lives in the first six months of this year alone, the same toll as the massive Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004, much more must be invested in disaster reduction and the reinforcement of hospitals should be a top priority, the United Nations relief chief said today.

UN’s Asia-Pacific arm teams up with China to curb disaster risk

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)has joined forces with China, which was struck by a devastating earthquake in May that left nearly 100,000 dead or missing, to reduce the damage wrought by future disasters.

Disasters perpetuate cycle of poverty, says UN agency

Recent devastating storms and floods have reinforced poverty in many parts of the world, the United Nations agency tasked with minimizing the threat posed by natural disasters said today.