UN/ISDR

Event: International Day for Disaster Reduction 2013 [viewed]

The International Day for Disaster Reduction will be celebrated on 13 October, under the theme of 'Living with Disability and Disasters'. According to the UN International Strategy on Disaster Reduction (ISDR), approximately one billion people live with some form of disability, representing one-fifth of the world's population, and such persons have unique contributions to help reduce the risk of disasters and build resilient societies and communities. The Day intends to raise awareness of the importance of including the needs of persons living with disabilities in the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction (DRR).  

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Pacific Countries to Develop Integrated Regional Disaster Risk Management/Climate Change Strategy by 2015 [viewed]

PPDRM-and-PCCR12 July 2013: The first-ever Joint Meeting of the Pacific Platform for Disaster Risk Management (PPDRM) and Pacific Climate Change Roundtable (PCCR) convened under the theme 'Strengthening Resilience: An Integrated Regional Strategy for Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change in the Pacific.' The meeting was organized by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP).

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UN-HABITAT, UNISDR Launch DRR, CCA Technical Centre for Southern Africa [viewed]

unhabitat-unisdr15 June 2013: The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) and the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) launched a Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) Technical Centre for Southern Africa, known as 'DIMSUR.' Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique and the Comoros requested UN-HABITAT and UNISDR to facilitate the process to establish the Centre, which aims to reduce vulnerability and build community resilience in the four countries.

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Event: Joint Meeting of the Pacific Platform for Disaster Risk Management and Pacific Climate Change Roundtable [viewed]

This Roundtable is co-organized by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP). It is organized around the theme 'Strengthening Resilience: An Integrated Regional Strategy for Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change for the Pacific'. This joint meeting will bring together actors in disaster risk management and climate change to discuss key issues, challenges and opportunities that can be taken into consideration in the formulation of an integrated regional strategy for disaster risk management and climate change, which is to be adopted by 2015, and which is to succeed the current separate frameworks: Pacific Disaster Risk Reduction and Disaster Management Framework for Action 2005–2015 and Pacific Islands Framework for Action on Climate Change 2006–2015.  

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Global DRR Platform Reflects on Increasing Losses from Disasters, Post-2015 Framework [viewed]

globalplatform23 May 2013: The 4th Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, which was organized by the Secretariat of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR), reaffirmed governments' commitment to disaster risk reduction (DRR) and to reversing the trend of mounting economic losses caused by natural disasters and climate change.

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UNISDR Reports on Hyogo Framework for Action Implementation [viewed]

UNISDR23 May 2013: The Secretariat of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) has released a publication, titled “Implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) - Summary of reports 2007-2013,” which provides a detailed account of implementation of the HFA, as described in voluntary self-reporting from countries and regional organizations. The report aims to inform current efforts to reduce disaster risk as well as the planning and development of the post-2015 DRR framework.

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UNISDR's DRR Assessment Calls on Private Sector to Reduce Risk [viewed]

UNISDR15 May 2013: The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) has released the third edition of the UN Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR). This edition is subtitled “From Shared Risk to Shared Value: The Business Case for DRR,” and seeks to provide a resource for understanding and analyzing current and future global disaster risk.

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UNISDR Reports on HFA2 Consultation [viewed]

UNISDRApril 2013: The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) has released the “Synthesis Report on Consultations on the Post-2015 Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction (HFA2).” The report details the results of the year-long consultative process on HFA2 launched in March 2012, which included targeted global, regional, national and local level consultations.

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Arab Region DRR Conference Calls for Emphasis on Climate Resilience [viewed]

21 March 2013: The First Arab Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), co-organized by the UN International Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP), concluded with a call for the successor agreement to the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) to emphasize climate resilience.

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UN Agrees on Plan of Action on Disaster Risk Reduction for Resilience [viewed]

7 March 2013: The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) has announced that representatives of UN agencies, funds and programmes have agreed to the UN Plan of Action on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) for Resilience. The Plan will accelerate the integration of DRR into all UN country-level operations.

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