Use of modern technology for disaster management in Asia-Pacific focus of UN meeting

Harnessing modern technology and increasing regional cooperation in disaster preparedness could save lives and help prevent some of the billions of dollars in property damage each year across Asia and the Pacific, United Nations officials stressed today at a meeting in Bangkok.

UN International Day for Disaster Reduction highlights perils of mountain communities

Mountain communities, exposed to high rain and snowfalls as well as the landslides and avalanches that often result from them, are particularly vulnerable to the threat of natural disasters, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said in a message today to mark the International Day for Disaster Reduction.

UN unveils plan for cutting risks posed by natural disasters

Launching a global review of initiatives aimed at cutting the risk posed by natural disasters, the United Nations today called for a world where earthquakes shake buildings but not economies, cyclones bring drama but not tragedy, and floods drench landscapes without destroying lives.