UN/ISDR

UNISDR Launches Local Government Self-Assessment Tool [viewed]

18 April 2012: As part of its Making Cities Resilient Campaign, the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) has launched the Local Government Self Assessment Tool, to support cities in managing disaster risk. UNISDR reports that 2011 was the worst year on record for economic losses from disasters.

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UNISDR, Columbia University Convene Dialogue on Disaster-Resilient Society [viewed]

12 April 2012: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR), Columbia University, the Permanent Mission of Japan to the UN, and the Urban Climate Change Research Network convened a dialogue titled “From Sendai to Rio - Cultivating a Disaster-Resilient Society for Sustainable Development,” which addressed the significance of building climate and disaster resilience in coastal cities.  

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Latin American Local Leaders Discuss Disaster Risk Reduction [viewed]

4 April 2012: The sixth Latin-American Congress of Cities and Local Authorities convened under the theme of “Stronger local governments.” At the meeting, organized by the Latin American Federation of Cities, Municipalities and Associations of Local Governments (FLACMA) and hosted by the Chilean Association of Municipalities, participants discussed disaster risk reduction (DRR) in development planning.

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UNISDR Names Venetian Mayor Urban Resilience Champion [viewed]

28 March 2012: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) has announced that the Mayor of Venice, Giorgio Orsoni, has been named Europe's first Champion of Urban Resilience. The award was presented at the UNISDR Building Cities Resilience to Disasters in Europe: Protecting Cultural Heritage and Adapting to Climate Change conference.  

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ASEAN, UNISDR and Partner Convene DRR and Climate Adaptation Training [viewed]

21 March 2012: The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) and the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction (GFDRR) convened the ASEAN Training Course on Urban Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate Change Adaptation (CCA), which brought together 40 mayors, local government leaders and city officials from eight countries.  

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UN/ISDR Launches Disaster Reduction Spending Report [viewed]

20 March 2012: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has launched a report by Development Initiatives, titled “Disaster Risk Reduction: Spending Where It Should Count.” The report highlights that the economic cost of disasters has broken the “trillion dollar ceiling” this century.

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Kiribati to Purchase Fiji Land as “Climate Change Insurance” [viewed]

15 March 2012: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has announced that the Kiribati Cabinet has recently agreed to purchase land in neighboring Fiji, as “climate change insurance” for its population. The decision comes as Kiribati President Anote Tong renews calls to the international community to address the effects of climate change threatening to submerge many of Kiribati's low-lying atolls.

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UN/ISDR Launches Consultations on Post-Hyogo Framework for DRR [viewed]

5 March 2012: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has announced that it has initiated consultations on a disaster risk reduction (DRR) blueprint to succeed the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) 2005-2015: Building the Resilience of Nations and Communities, in advance of the 2015 World Conference on Disaster Reduction, which the Japanese Government is proposing to host.   

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UN/ISDR Announces Morocco's DRR Platform Roadmap [viewed]

28 February 2011: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has announced that Morocco is to develop a National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) to support policies for building resilience to disasters. A roadmap for creating Morocco's National Platform was developed at an intra-ministerial meeting in early February.

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Event: Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum [viewed]

This meeting is co-hosted by the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and IGAD's Climate Prediction and Applications Centre, and supported by the UN Strategy on Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). The Forum will discuss the prospects for the March-to-May rainy season and consider measures to ensure that early warning leads to early action in the event of a failure of the rains. In addition, ICPAC and UN/ISDR will hold joint training sessions to help strengthen the existing cooperation between climate scientists and disaster risk managers to advance information sharing for disaster risk reduction (DRR) in the region.  

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