disaster

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.”

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.

Opening of UN regional meeting highlights people-centred approach to disaster risk reduction

Disaster risk reduction is everyone's business, a top United Nations official said today at the opening of a first-ever high-level meeting on strengthening disaster response and building capacities in the Americas, long considered one of the world's most exposed regions.

Regional meeting on UN disaster risk reduction framework set to open in Paraguay

The risk that natural disasters will affect more people in the Americas is increasing as urban centres across the continent continue to experience rapid growth, the head of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) for the region has said ahead of a key meeting in Paraguay on the issue.

Americas: Regional meeting aims to aid overall UN disaster reduction efforts

With efforts under way to assist countries to take up a comprehensive strategy with achievable targets, the United Nations is seeking to drastically reduce the number of people affected by natural and man-made disasters from the 100 million who suffered last year.

Fiji: Humanitarian work ‘far from over’ two months after storm, UN reports

Marking two months since Tropical Cyclone Winston hit Fiji, the United Nations senior humanitarian official in the South Pacific has said that “work is far from over” and that there are significant needs for continued relief efforts.