Disaster Risk

United Nations celebrates International Day for Disaster Reduction

On 13 October 2013, the United Nations observed the 2013 International Day for Disaster Reduction. This year the focus of the International Day for Disaster Reduction is on some one billion people around the world who live with some form of disability. Representing one-fifth of the world's population, persons living with disabilities have unique contributions, often overlooked, to help reduce the risk of disasters and build resilient societies and communities.

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Mon, 14/10/2013 - 08:36

Disaster Risk in Cities: Swiss Re publishes Report

"Mind the Risk" ranks cities threatened by disasters

"Mind the Risk: A global ranking of cities under threat from natural disasters" is the title of a recent report published by the reinsurance company Swiss Re. Looking at both human and economic risks faced by urban communities, the study puts Asia's megacities (Tokyo, Manila, Hong Kong-Guangzhou) on the top of the list for population-at-risk while European and US cities (Amsterdam-Rotterdam, Los Angeles, New York) lead the ranking for the highest loss potential.

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Thu, 19/09/2013 - 10:44

United Nations International Conference on Disaster Risk Identification, Assessment and Monitoring

This is event is available for participation on an ongoing basis

The UN-SPIDER Beijing Office is pleased to announce the “United Nations International Conference on Space-based Technologies for Disaster Management - "Disaster risk identification and response" from 23-25 October 2013. The International Training Programme “Flood Risk Mapping, Modelling and Assessment using Space technology” will be organised for 25 participants of the conference.






23/10/2013 to 25/10/2013

Registration Deadline: 

Sat, 10/08/2013


Zhongmin Plaza, 7, Baiguang Road, Xicheng District, Beijing 100053, CHINA

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United Nations for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and Ministry of Civil Affairs of the People’s Republic of China

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Japan to host World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction

The UN General Assembly confirmed that Japan will host the Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in 2015 when it passed its annual resolution yesterday on the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction.

Previously, Japan successfully hosted the last two such world conferences. The world's first comprehensive framework for disaster risk reduction resulted from the last world conference held in Kobe in January 2005 where there was unanimous support for the "Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015: Building Resilience of Nations and Communities to Disasters (HFA)."


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Mon, 10/12/2012 - 16:26

Central America: New Portal for Disaster Risk Management launched

The Coordination Centre for Natural Disaster Prevention in Central America (CEPREDENAC) in Guatemala launched on 19 November 2012 an online Platform for Information and Communication for Integrated Risk Management: www.info-gir.org. The website offers a range of information and applications that help strengthen mechanisms for coordination and institutional and sectoral communication between the Central American countries.


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Tue, 20/11/2012 - 14:32

UN-SPIDER participates in Central American Communicators' Forum

UN-SPIDER participated in the Central American Communicators' Forum "The role of Institutional Communications in the Culture of Risk Prevention" organised by the Coordination Center for Natural Disaster Prevention of Central America (CEPREDENAC) on 10 July 2012. The forum took place in Guatemala City and was attended by forty public relations and media officers from various ministries, civil protection agencies, and by representatives from mass media including newspapers and television networks from the six Central American countries.


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Thu, 26/07/2012 - 09:26

Myanmar launches disaster risk reduction portal

Myanmar's Relief and Resettlement Department (RRD), the nodal agency for Disaster Management in Myanmar, launched an online portal for wider dissemination of policies, guidelines, manuals and activities regarding disaster risk reduction. The launch ceremony was organized on 16th July 2012 at Nay Pyi Taw and was chaired by the Deputy Director General of Relief and Resettlement Department, Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement. Approximately, 30 ministries, UN Agencies and NGOs attended the launch ceremony.


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Mon, 23/07/2012 - 14:30

EU ramps up budget for disaster preparedness

Millions of people from the world's most vulnerable and poorest communities will benefit from new disaster preparedness programmes funded from the European Commission's Disaster Preparedness Programme (DIPECHO). This year € 35 million has been allocated to improve the capacities of the communities at risk from natural disasters. The funds will go to the following regions particularly vulnerable to natural disasters: € 10 million to Central America, €11 million to South East Asia, €8 million to Central Asia and the Caucasus region and € 6 million in Southern Africa.

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Fri, 13/07/2012 - 09:06

CATHALAC: Regional Landslide Risk Prediction Tool Developed for Mesoamerica

The Water Center for the Humid Tropics of Latin America and the Caribbean (CATHALAC), which also hosts a UN-SPIDER Regional Support Office, has recently developed an automated, online tool for predicting landslide hazards in Mesoamerica, a first of its kind effort at the regional level. “The tool will provide early warning for landslide events in Mesoamerica, potentially minimizing the loss of life and property,” commented Emilio Sempris, CATHALAC’s Director. Mesoamerica is highly vulnerable to extreme meteorological events like flooding and to landslides that such events trigger.

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Thu, 12/07/2012 - 11:26

UNISDR: Google plays important role in disaster relief

Speaking in Japan at the Google-hosted event, "Big Tent: The Role of Technology in Disaster Preparedness and Relief", the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) head of office Margareta Wahlström said Google and other providers of information can make an important contribution to raising awareness about disaster risk reduction in disaster-prone countries. “Experience shows that early warning messages save lives if people receiving the message know how to act - what to do when the emergency strikes.

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Wed, 04/07/2012 - 08:46


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