Prestigious UN honours awarded to disaster prevention experts

A Japanese professor who educates both the Government and the public on practical skills for disaster risk reduction and an engineer from Grenada and Barbados focusing on building safety are recipients of this year’s prestigious United Nations Sasakawa Award for Disaster Reduction.

With UN support, Africa is set to agree on disaster risk reduction programme

Noting that Africa is the only continent whose share of reported disasters in the world total has increased over the past decade, government ministers from 40 countries are set to agree on ways to implement a new continental disaster reduction strategy that will also help to eradicate poverty.

Annan calls for investment in disaster prevention in year of 'profound lessons'

In a year when people worldwide have been reminded that nowhere is immune from natural disaster, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today called on Governments, international organizations, civil society and the private sector to invest in disaster prevention and poverty reduction so as to build resilient communities and save lives.

UN University calls for recognition of those displaced by gradual environmental change

Marking the United Nations Day for Disaster Reduction, the UN University (UNU) today called on the international community to recognize the plight of people who are displaced not by dramatic disasters but by gradual negative changes in the environment.

Earthquake engineers' know-how can improve disaster reduction plans – Annan

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today urged seismic engineers meeting in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia to use their expertise to help reduce the human consequences of earthquakes and to raise public awareness about ways national, global and regional responses to natural disasters can be improved.

In face of wildfires, UN disaster agency calls for global cooperation on prevention

With wildfires destroying more than 140,000 hectares of forest and farmland in Portugal since the beginning of the summer, the United Nations disaster reduction agency is calling on countries around the world to cooperate in enforcing basic measures to reduce the risks.

UN International Day for Disaster Reduction highlights perils of mountain communities

Mountain communities, exposed to high rain and snowfalls as well as the landslides and avalanches that often result from them, are particularly vulnerable to the threat of natural disasters, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said in a message today to mark the International Day for Disaster Reduction.