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Protezione Civile » Notizie dall'ONU, 25 Marzo 2017 alle 13:02:26

Voices of Youth mapping risk around the globe

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.

Protezione Civile » Notizie dall'ONU, 18 Marzo 2017 alle 11:16:12

Volunteers as a mobilizing force in disaster risk reduction processes

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.

Protezione Civile » Notizie dall'ONU, 27 Agosto 2016 alle 09:45:05

Geospatial information and services for disasters

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.

Protezione Civile » Notizie dall'ONU, 03 Giugno 2016 alle 14:53:38

Private sector hammers out resilience plans

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.

Protezione Civile » Notizie dall'ONU, 21 Maggio 2016 alle 10:26:31

ESCAP launches toolkit for flood forecasting and early warning in transboundary river basins

ESCAP

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.

Protezione Civile » Notizie dall'ONU, 19 Maggio 2016 alle 10:30:57

Building disaster resilience for mountain communities

OCHA-ROCCA

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?

Protezione Civile » Notizie dall'ONU, 30 Gennaio 2016 alle 10:23:42

Science and technology can help save lives, livelihoods when disasters strike

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.

Protezione Civile » Notizie dall'ONU, 18 Gennaio 2016 alle 09:57:17

Dr. Robert Glasser takes the helm at the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction

UNISDR

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.

Protezione Civile » Notizie dall'ONU, 14 Novembre 2015 alle 10:05:55

Resilient private sector key for Sendai success

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.

Protezione Civile » Notizie dall'ONU, 07 Novembre 2015 alle 16:57:44

UN-Habitat partners with RMIT University for a disaster management degree

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.

Protezione Civile » Notizie dall'ONU, 14 Ottobre 2015 alle 10:51:16

International Day Message from the Secretary-General

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. 

Protezione Civile » Notizie dall'ONU, 05 Settembre 2015 alle 10:30:33

UNEP: Preparedness key to avoiding worst consequences of disasters

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.

Protezione Civile » Notizie dall'ONU, 29 Agosto 2015 alle 12:29:17

Sendai Framework words turn into action

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.

Protezione Civile » Notizie dall'ONU, 08 Agosto 2015 alle 08:52:34

Sendai Framework influence on new SDGs

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.

Protezione Civile » Notizie dall'ONU, 04 Luglio 2015 alle 10:39:46

Sendai Framework means sustainable development

United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction – Regional Office for the Americas (UNISDR AM)


By Humberto Jaime 

San Salvador – Disaster risk reduction needs to be a key component of development in order to secure sustainable results, UNISDR’s head Ms. Margareta Wahlström told a key meeting in Central America, one the most climate-vulnerable regions in the world.  Addressing the 3rd Consultative Forum of the Central American Policy for Integrated Risk Management, hosted by El Salvador, she underscored the importance of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, a 15-year global roadmap adopted by the international community in March. “The challenge now is to go from disaster risk reduction management to an effective disaster risk reduction strategy as a development plan,” Ms. Wahlström, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, told the Forum which was opened by El Salvador’s President Salvador Sánchez Cerén. 

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