Photo by UNISDR At this week's meeting of Safe School Leaders in Tehran, from left to right, Iran Minister for Education, Mr. Ali-Asghar Fani, First Vice-President of Iran, Mr. Es'hagh Jahan Giri, Deputy Minister for Education, Dr. Morteza Raissi Dehkordi, and Ms. Margareta Wahlstrom, head of UNISDR.

UN launches call for safe schools on 10th anniversary of Pakistan earthquake


Ms. Wahlström said: 'Today we remember all 87,000 people who lost their lives in Pakistan on October 8, 2005 and our thoughts are particularly with those who lost children in that tragedy which occurred at 8.50 a.m. not long after the school day had begun. A school should be second only to the family home as the safest place on earth for a child'...

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    A manual for disaster prevention that the Tokyo metropolitan government began distributing to all Tokyo households in September is getting a wide range of favorable responses, reports the Japan News. Takehiko Yamamura, the head of the Disaster Prevention System Institute says, 'It covers almost all the types of disasters and can lead to the improvement of disaster awareness'...

  • Europe starts Sendai roadmap talks


    'Disaster risk management policies are essential to ensure sustainable development and economic growth' says Mr. Christos Stylianides, European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management. In addition he said 'The Sendai framework sets the world on a clear path for enhanced disaster resilience. It is now our collective responsibility to implement Sendai. To match words with action.'...

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