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.

UN-backed forum on disaster reduction kicks off

Representatives of more than 100 governments converged in Geneva today to launch a new United Nations-chaired forum on disaster reduction that is expected to the major international consultative group on the issue.

Iran, UN agencies launch first regional seismic risk reduction centre

Three and half years after a massive earthquake killed more than 26,000 people in the ancient city of Bam, Iran, a regional centre to reduce the damage from such seismic threats was launched in the country today by the Government and the United Nations unit focussed on disaster mitigation.

UN agency trains communications experts for rapid global disaster response

For crises where minutes can make a difference between life and death, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has just graduated its first class of emergency telecommunications team leaders after an intensive two-week training course to ready them for rapid deployment to difficult and dangerous disaster zones.

Pushing ahead with global disaster early-warning system, UN convenes experts meeting

Pushing ahead with plans to mitigate the impact of natural disasters, from earthquakes, tsunamis and hurricanes to floods and wildfires, scientists and advisors from 20 specialized United Nations bodies began a two-day meeting today to decide how a people-centred early-warning system can be implemented worldwide.