Disaster Risk

Margareta Wahlström about disaster risk reduction

Disaster readiness is one of the seven key areas needing urgent attention that have been identified in the context of the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20). The UN News Centre spoke with Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, Margareta Wahlström about what countries and communities can do to prevent disasters, and why it’s important to start with disaster risk prevention in our homes.

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Thu, 21/06/2012 - 15:21

UN report: 60% of urban areas exposed to natural disasters

A study released by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs on 7 April 2012 states that almost 60% of the 450 urban areas worldwide with a population of at least one million people are exposed to the risk of a natural disaster. The report 2011 Revision of the World Urbanization Prospects stresses that about 890 million people live in these high risk areas or cities that lie in at least one major natural disaster zone exposing the population to the risk of floods, droughts, cyclones or earthquakes.

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Wed, 11/04/2012 - 08:12

Support of remote sensing for natural disaster risk maps in Leyte, Philippines

Olaf Neussner, Chief Advisor for Disaster Risk Management, German Technical Cooperation (GTZ), Philippines

Katharina Wilkin, cand. Dipl. Ing., Technical University Dortmund, Faculty of Spatial Planning






4th Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction Incheon, RoK


Date: 25-28 October 2010
Location: Incheon, Rep. of Korea

The Asian Ministerial Conferences on Disaster Risk Reduction, organized every two years since 2005 at Asian Governments' initiative, represent unique opportunities for Ministers in charge of disaster risk management from the Asia and Pacific region to reaffirm their commitment to Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) implementation and to exchange valuable experiences on successful practices and innovative approaches in implementing HFA's five priorities for action at the national and local levels.





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25/10/2010 to 28/10/2010


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