'Resilience can become hallmark of 2015,' says UN disaster risk reduction chief

Ten years ago today, world leaders in Hyogo, Japan agreed on a framework to better manage risk and curb the impact of disasters in the wake of the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami – which claimed some 227,000 lives – and in March, they are set to meet for a United Nations conference in another Japanese city to take stock of whether the world has lived up to that promise.

UN disaster reduction chief hails ‘major milestone’ in earthquake risk assessment

The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) has welcomed the launch of a new web-based platform that will provide global access to critical information on earthquakes and enable ‘cutting-edge’ risk assessment aimed at limiting the hazard of these potentially devastating natural events.

Major floods in Malawi, Mozambique force thousands to flee their homes – UN

United Nations agencies are gearing up for relief efforts in Malawi and neighbouring Mozambique, where heavy rains have caused severe flooding, displaced thousands of people and left scores dead.

Cities in Central Asia, Caucasus sign up to UN campaign to become more resilient

Eight cities in Central Asia and the Caucasus, including capitals Tbilisi and Bishkek, have signed on to strengthen community resilience by integrating disaster risk reduction into their national and local policy, representing a big boost for the United Nations initiative which already has over 2,400 participants worldwide.