Southern African nations band together to scale up disaster preparedness – UN

Eight Southern African and Indian Ocean nations have joined forces to participate in a United Nations-backed plan to combat the devastating effects of natural disasters such as floods and cyclones.

UN agencies to help La Paz set up early warning system against disasters

United Nations agencies will help implement a new early warning system in the Bolivian city of La Paz, where floods and mudslides are recurring and often deadly disasters, as part of a scheme funded by the German Government.

Greater global protection needed against ‘predictable’ disasters, says UN agency

The United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) today called on governments to better protect people against more “predictable” natural hazards, especially flooding, to reduce the risk and vulnerability of local populations.

New UN-backed website provides vital humanitarian information in Spanish

A new website will provide Spanish-speakers with easy access to information on natural disasters and complex emergencies in the Latin American and Caribbean region previously available only in English, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said today.

Disaster risk reduction has never been more pressing, says Ban Ki-moon

With recent calamities such as floods, storms, and droughts serving as a reminder of the devastating effects of natural hazards, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says the need to engage fully in disaster risk reduction has never been more pressing.

Children must be better educated to minimize disaster risks – UN

On the eve of the International Day for Disaster Reduction, a top United Nations official today stressed the necessity of improving children’s disaster preparedness and bolstering their safety in the classroom.

Prestigious UN honours awarded to disaster prevention experts

A Japanese professor who educates both the Government and the public on practical skills for disaster risk reduction and an engineer from Grenada and Barbados focusing on building safety are recipients of this year’s prestigious United Nations Sasakawa Award for Disaster Reduction.

Countries must step up disaster reduction efforts, UN official says

As climate change exacerbates and compounds the effects of disasters, countries must improve their readiness to minimize damages, stressed the head of the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR).

UN-backed partnership aims to use satellites to bolster global disaster response

The United Nations International Telecommunications Union (ITU) today joined forces with a communications firm and a business organisation to employ satellites to bolster the global response to natural disasters.

UN humanitarian official urges action to address disasters

The United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator today urged action on plans to cope with disasters as delegates from 120 nations meeting in Geneva wrapped up a conference which warned that some of the world’s greatest cities are at risk.