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Hurricanes Irma, Harvey and Maria may be over, but the devastating impact they had on the countries in their path continues, likewise the effects of successive earthquakes in Mexico, said senior United Nations officials Tuesday, calling for more action at all levels to manage disaster and climate risk and to prepare for future extreme weather events.
WORLD WIDE FUND FOR NATURE (WWF)
While some mapping is conducted by professionals with sophisticated technical equipment, UNICEF has instead targeted youths as experts in mapping social and environmental risks in communities around the world. The goal behind this initiative is to enhance community engagement and participatory planning to more effectively reduce risk in vulnerable communities.
INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF RED CROSS AND RED CRESCENT SOCIETIES (IFRC)
Voluntary service is one of the fundamental basis for the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement, and its role is decisive in achieving the objectives set out by the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR). As such, the International Federation of Red Cross Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), together with White Helmets Argentina, promoted and organized a parallel session titled “Sendai Framework Inclusion of Volunteers in Social Mobilization for Disaster Risk Reduction”, as part of the events taking place during the Fifth Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas (RP17) in Montreal, Canada. The Sendai Framework for DRR makes specific reference to the role of volunteers and voluntary organizations in its principles and priorities: as active actors, a pillar to better understand community risks and increase collaborative efforts.
This is the report of the Working Group on Geospatial Information and Services for Disasters, for consideration by the Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management.
UNISDR - Jonathan Fowler
An international business group working to reduce the impact of natural and man-made hazards has pledged to ensure that the private sector plays its part in implementing the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. The UNISDR Private Sector Alliance for Disaster Resilient Societies, or ARISE, today held a meeting to hammer out plans to help companies get involved in achieving the goals of the Sendai Framework, a 15-year agreement that seeks to curb disaster deaths and economic losses.
Asia and the Pacific, the world’s most disaster prone region, is home to many transboundary river basins that are perennially affected by large scale flooding. Recent advances in science and technology, especially space technology applications, have enabled longer lead times of up to five to eight days for flood forecasts in transboundary river basins. These scientific advances, however, rarely reach the communities who live along these vast rivers. On average, communities receive one-day advance notice for evacuation.
When disaster strikes, access constraints can severely affect timely humanitarian assistance to isolated and disaster-prone mountain communities. Local people often are forced to be self-sufficient in the first days and weeks following a disaster. Last year, Tajikistan’s vulnerable mountain communities were struck by flash floods, mudslides and a 7.2-magnitude earthquake. But what is being done to reduce the vulnerability of these at-risk communities and increase their skills as first responders?
UNITED NATIONS NEWS CENTRE (UNNC )
The first-ever United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) gathering of scientists to discuss disaster risk management kicked off today in Geneva, Switzerland, seeking to map out a scientific and technological approach to the issue while addressing the importance of partnership.
Dr. Robert Glasser, an experienced leader and thinker on development issues, took up his new role this week as head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR). He was appointed as Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction succeeding Ms. Margareta Wahlström who completed two terms at the end of 2015.
UN-ISDR - By Jonathan Fowler
Efforts to ensure that businesses play a key role in curbing disaster risk have passed a new milestone with the debut of the UNISDR Private Sector Alliance for Disaster Resilient Societies.Dozens of representatives of companies, industry bodies and research organizations from around the globe have come together in the British capital for the inaugural two-day annual general meeting of the alliance, known for short as ARISE. “We have more than 100 members, and we will continue to grow,” said ARISE’s interim chair Ms. Sandra Wu, Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer of Japan-based Kokusai Kogyo Co., Ltd., an engineering consulting company that provides geospatial information technology services.
United Nations Human Settlements Programme - Headquarters (UN-HABITAT)
UN-Habitat, RMIT University of Australia and other partners have come together to offer a new Master of Disaster, Design and Development (MoDDD) course. Starting in July 2016, the course for the first time brings together faculty from diverse disciplines, to provide advanced learning to students wanting to engage in the complex environment of urban risk reduction, reconstruction and resilience building.
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR)
This year’s observance of the International Day for Disaster Reduction is dedicated to the power of traditional, indigenous and local knowledge. In March 2015 in Sendai, Japan, I met with the President of Vanuatu, His Excellency Baldwin Lonsdale, at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction. On that very day, his island nation was devastated by Cyclone Pam, one of the strongest storms ever to strike the Pacific.
United Nations Environment Programme - Headquarters (UNEP)
With industrialization progressing rapidly and climate change making extreme weather the new normal, more and more communities are threatened by potentially crippling disasters. A handbook launched today by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) helps countries minimize the health, environmental and economic costs of disasters through building preparedness and community awareness of the risks. The updated second edition of the APELL Handbook: A process for improving community awareness and preparedness for technological hazards and environmental emergencies builds on the original publication of 1988, drawing on nearly three decades of experience in supporting resilient communities in more than 30 countries.
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) -By Jonathan Fowler
UNISDR has added new momentum to the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, a 15-year international plan to curb deaths and economic damage caused by natural and man-made hazards. The ‘Words into Action’ process, launched today, will gather experts from around the globe to shape by the end of 2016 a series of thematic guides on how to apply the life- and asset-saving Sendai Framework. They will be an important tool to capture practice, learning and progress over the next decade and a half.
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR)
Key references to the recent Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction are contained in the draft outcome document that will constitute the new sustainable development agenda, which will be formally adopted by world leaders in New York this September. “Transforming our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” encompasses a universal, transformative and integrated agenda that heralds an historic turning point for our world. This agreement results from a truly open, inclusive and transparent process,” United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a statement issued yesterday evening.