UN chief highlights importance of preparedness to reduce tsunami risks

In his message marking the first World Tsunami Awareness Day, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed the importance of reducing current and future levels of risk, particularly through strengthening preparedness.

Funding shortfall for UN emergency response fund could have 'devastating impact'

The United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund has warned that an imminent funding shortfall could severely impact its response to sudden onset or rapidly deteriorating emergencies as well as forgotten crises during the end of 2016 and early 2017 and ultimately have a devastating impact on the lives of people in need.

On International Day, UN urges building disaster resilience by reducing 'appalling' loss of life

Over the past twenty years, 90 per cent of the 1.35 million people who have died in 7,056 disaster events have come from low and middle-income countries, according to a new United Nations report released today described by Secretary General Ban Ki-moon as a “damning indictment of inequality.”

Haiti: Seeking to fend off cholera threat, UN agencies deliver aid, call for risk reduction

One week after Hurricane Matthew slammed into Haiti, United Nations agencies are continuing the massive relief effort under way on the ground, scrambling to fend off the threat of cholera, delivering life-saving supplies and rehabilitating damaged infrastructure, such as schools.

UN relief wing monitoring situations in Italy and Myanmar after strong earthquakes

In the wake of powerful earthquakes today in Italy and Myanmar, the United Nations relief wing is monitoring the situations, and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's spokesperson said the UN and its partners stand ready to support both countries and local actors should any humanitarian support be needed.

UN warns of more heatwave deaths as climate change pushes up temperatures

Warning of a possible rise in heatwave deaths due to climate change, the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) today called for measures to reduce mortality from this natural hazard.

UN launches ‘Sendai Seven’ campaign aimed at boosting disaster risk management

The United Nations envoy dealing with disaster risk reduction today launched a new multi-year campaign that aims to reduce disaster losses, improve management of disaster risk, and save lives.

“Empower women” to be part of disaster management policy making

Greater efforts need to be made to empower women to be part of the decision-making process for disaster risk reduction policies, according to a senior Canadian emergency management official.

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Disaster policy needs to be better communicated to “broader audience”

Information relating to national disaster risk reduction policies needs to be better communicated to “regular people” according to a senior United Nations official in Paraguay.

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Debris removal “problem” 2 months after Ecuador earthquake

The removal of debris following the catastrophic earthquake in Ecuador two months ago remains a “problem” for which it’s difficult to attract donor funding, according to a United Nations advisor on disaster risk management in the South American nation.

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