UN agency helps Mexico City better prepare for disasters

About 10,000 civil servants in the Mexican capital will receive specialist training in disaster risk reduction under a United Nations-backed initiative to better protect the city, which is vulnerable to devastating earthquakes.

Senior UN official calls for urgent measures to mitigate impact of landslides

Action must be taken to mitigate the impact of landslides such as those triggered recently in parts of East Asia by Typhoon Morakot, which has reportedly buried entire villages and killed scores of people, a senior United Nations official working on disaster risk reduction stressed today.

Ban exhorts nations to ramp up investment in disaster risk reduction

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today appealed to all nations to bolster efforts to curb disaster risk, stressing that decisive action taken now can be “one of the best investments countries can make.”

Ban set to launch UN report on global disaster risk reduction

Tomorrow in Bahrain, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is expected to launch a United Nations report on curbing disaster risk, which examines the causes of disasters and the main so-called 'risk drivers.'

UN-backed conference to explore gender angle of disaster risk reduction

Men and women need to work together as equal partners to protect their communities against disasters, particularly as climate change makes storms, floods, and cyclones more frequent and severe, according to the United Nations unit on risk reduction.

UN agency urges global uptake of flood devastation prevention measures

With 200 million people worldwide living in coastal flood zones, the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) is urging States to take measures to prevent flooding from turning into a disaster.