INTERVIEW: Achieving global development goals ‘inconceivable’ without reducing disaster risk, stresses UN official

According to the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), disaster risk reduction is an integral part of social and economic development, and is essential if development is to be sustainable for the future. In 2015, for example, there were nearly 350 reported disasters, over 22,000 deaths, 98.6 million people affected, and $66.5 billion in economic damage.

UN Gender Focus: Yemen, indigenous women and disaster preparedness

Women and girls paying “heaviest price” in Yemen as famine looms: UNFPA

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Disease, hunger forcing families to flee drought in Somalia

Disease, hunger and drought are forcing families in southern Somalia’s Bay region to leave their homes in search of help, the UN humanitarian agency, OCHA, has said.

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Teachers shouldn’t be responsible for disaster planning too: UNESCO

Schoolteachers have enough on their plate in the classroom, without being expected to be disaster risk managers too.

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Americas region adopts 'historic' disaster risk reduction plan at UN-backed forum in Montreal

Around 50 countries and territories of the Americas at a United Nations-supported conference in Montreal, Canada, agreed a Regional Action Plan today to better protect their citizens from the destruction caused by natural and man-made disasters.

Indigenous “specialized knowledge” aids disaster response: Arctic mayor

The “specialized traditional ecological knowledge” of indigenous communities is important to effective disaster response, according to one mayor from the eastern Arctic, speaking at a UN regional conference on the issue.

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Disasters in Americas show challenge of meeting global risk reduction targets – senior UN Official

Disasters in the Americas over the past year such as Hurricane Matthew show the challenge the world faces meeting the risk reduction targets established by the UN’s Sendai Framework.

UN ‘working overtime’ to avert another famine in Somalia

The United Nations is “working overtime” to avert another disaster in Somalia like the one that claimed 260,000 lives six years ago.

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UN-backed forum in Montreal set to agree region-wide disaster risk reduction plan

More than 1,000 delegates from across the Americas will meet this week at a United Nations-backed conference in the Canadian city of Montreal to agree a Regional Action Plan designed to reduce the loss of life due to disasters, both natural and man-made.

“Harmful social norms” make Pacific women more vulnerable to disaster

Gender inequality - including “harmful social norms” - makes women and girls in the Pacific region more vulnerable to the impacts of disasters.

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