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date: 17 March 2015
Source(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR)

'It’s clear that climate change is going to have dramatic consequences for disaster risk reduction, particularly for poorer countries,' said Mr. Phil Evans, Government Services Director at the United Kingdom’s Met Office. The scale of the challenge makes it all the more important to seize the unique opportunity of 2015...

date: 12 March 2015
Source(s): United Nations News Centre (UNNC)

'What is left for Member States and countries now, is to find a common formula for the terms of international cooperation on financing, on how to formulate a common global commitment. But also of course the achievement of sustainable development goals and how to deal with climate adaptation,' said Margareta Wahlström, the head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR)...

date: 11 March 2015
Source(s): Japan Times Ltd., the

'We have a big aspiration that more political weight and attention will be given to the importance of prevention for sustainable development and for safety' at the Third U.N. World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, said Margareta Wahlstrom, special representative of the U.N. secretary-general for disaster risk reduction...

date: 2 March 2015
Source(s): Holyrood

'Malawi is currently suffering from terrible flooding, and inequality there has been increasing, so I hope the Scottish Parliament will use the experience of those relationships to push as hard as possible for the Sustainable Development Goals to have a focus on inequality, disaster risk resilience and climate change,' writes Jack McConnell, former First Minister of Scotland in Holyrood...

date: 26 February 2015
Source(s): Science and Development Network (SciDevNet)

Disaster management may have improved after the Asian Tsunami, but economic development has brought in new risks, writes P. G. Dhar Chakrabarti for SciDevNet. With the new legal and institutional framework of disaster management as the new focus globally, he highlights that although disaster mortality has decreased, globalisation has increased hazard exposure...

date: 23 January 2015
Source(s): Responding to Climate Change (RTCC)

'Without reducing disaster risk what they are doing with sustainable development will continually be under threat,' Margareta Wahlström, head of the UN office for disaster risk reduction (UNISDR), told RTCC. 'If we get things right and if there is a commitment in the climate negotiations to deal with climate risk – if member states are now discussing on the SDGs, where disaster risk is one of the target in several of the goals – if we can keep these together at that level then I think we will have sufficient broad use of financing for disaster risk reduction'...

date: 18 December 2014
Source(s): Association of Caribbean States (ACS)

Despite the uncertainties which surround the large international consultative processes, and the political difficulties in achieving some of the targets, the Caribbean region is well poised on the eve of 2015 to make significant strides towards reducing its vulnerability to natural hazards and enhancing its sustainable development goals...

date: 24 September 2014
Source(s): Guardian News and Media Limited

The battle looms over the number of development goals expected to replace the MDGs, reports the Guardian. The proposed 17 goals cover the broad themes of the MDGs – ending poverty and hunger, and improving health, education and gender equality – but also include specific goals to reduce inequality, make cities safe, address climate change and promote peaceful societies. 'Funding is crucial for credibility on climate and post-2015 efforts'...

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date: 23 September 2014
Source(s): Chinaview.cn, Xinhua News Agency

'UNDP has seen first hand that tackling climate change is central to achieving poverty reduction and sustainable development because the two are linked together,' he said, adding that UNDP is supporting climate preparations in two main areas, including adaptation resilience and disaster risk reduction, and will address the need to scale up climate change initiatives and early warning systems...

date: 13 March 2014
Source(s): World Bank, the (WB)

The World Bank Group is committed to better leverage resources and knowledge to support strong economic growth and to tackle rising income equality, gender imbalance, climate change and fragility, according to World Bank Vice President of External and Corporate Relations Cyril Muller...

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date: 15 January 2014
Source(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - New York UNHQ Liaison Office (UNISDR NY)

'Disaster risk reduction should not be seen only as an imperative to protecting investments in development, but also as an opportunity for a transformative shift towards resilient development.' This statement from disaster-prone Bangladesh was one of several calls from governments for disaster and climate risk considerations...

date: 23 May 2013
Source(s): Thomson Reuters Foundation, trust.org (TRF)

Work on reducing the risk of disasters cannot be separated from efforts to tackle climate change and to move towards more sustainable development, an international conference on disaster risk reduction agreed this week, reports Megan Rowling for AlertNet. Earlier this week, UN deputy secretary-general Jan Eliasson told journalists, 'I would claim that disaster risk reduction has to be part of the (post-2015) development agenda because it is the poor, it is the most vulnerable who are most affected.'...

date: 19 April 2013
Source(s): Overseas Development Institute (ODI)

'Any indicators, targets and goals related to these development disruptors should be universal as no country in the world can claim to avoid climate change impacts, prevent natural disasters from striking or promise that violence will never occur within their borders,' writes Eva Comba of the Overseas Development Institute...

date: 13 December 2012
Source(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Africa (UNISDR AF)

Mayor Abdel Malick joined the UNISDR 'Making Cities Resilient' Campaign in May 2011 when she also participated in the Mayors’ forum at the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction. Since then, she has taken every opportunity to engage national and other local authorities on the topic, and to rally for support...

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date: 6 December 2012
Source(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - New York UNHQ Liaison Office (UNISDR NY)

The post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction is expected to offer the opportunity to scale-up disaster risk reduction efforts across the globe. There appears to be an emerging consensus from on-going consultations that it should build on the strengths of the HFA and focus on those elements that are still in need of further action...


date: 28 November 2012
Source(s): United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF); United Nations Development Programme - Liberia (UNDP Liberia); United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR); United Nations Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO)

'Countries recovering from, or still experiencing, conflict are also exposed to natural hazards. They receive 90% of all humanitarian aid but only 1% of the development aid they receive is for disaster risk reduction. This shows we have not yet understood the links between conflict and fragility when it comes to investing in resilience in countries faced with the effects of disasters and conflict'...

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date: 8 November 2012
Source(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - New York UNHQ Liaison Office (UNISDR NY)

Referring to the post-2015 development agenda and to sustainable development goals, UNISDR Chief, Margareta Wahlström said that 'ensuring disaster risk reduction considerations are included will be critical to ensuring the overarching goal of resilience is achieved'...


date: 25 October 2012
Source(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Asia and Pacific (UNISDR AP)

'This Conference has been a major breakthrough in ensuring that building disaster resilience and reducing risk are embedded into the post-2015 development agenda. The world has always looked to Asia for leadership in disaster management and the Yogyakarta Declaration outlines clearly what the region’s expectations are for a new international agreement on disaster risk reduction'...

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date: 23 October 2012
Source(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Asia and Pacific (UNISDR AP)

The UN High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, which met last month for the first time, underlined that we must safeguard the MDG gains from setbacks caused by natural disasters and climate change...


date: 22 October 2012
Source(s): International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)

The 5th Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction is an opportunity for governments to commit to a shared responsibility of continuing to reduce the loss in lives and social, economic and environmental assets from disasters, while continuing the fight against poverty and sustainable development beyond the 2005-2015 Hyogo Framework for Action and the 2000-2015 Millennium Development Goals...

date: 8 October 2012
Source(s): International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)

The Overseas Development Institute has released a background note on options for including disaster resilience in post-2015 development goals. The paper highlights that disaster risk management cuts across traditional development sectors including health, education, infrastructure, water and agriculture, and it assesses how disaster resilience could be integrated 'horizontally' in a range of sector goals...

date: 18 June 2012
Source(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction – Regional Office for the Americas (UNISDR AM)

'Parliamentarians can help governments connect the dots by passing legislation that links aspects such as natural capital accounting, disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation and mitigation,' said Margareta Wahlström, addressing the gathering of parliamentarians at Tiradentes Palace, the Legislative Assembly of Rio de Janeiro...

date: 15 June 2012
Source(s): United Nations News Centre (UNNC)

'Disasters are quite predictable, they are costing too much, and it is not acceptable that we just keep paying for them. We can prevent them,' says Margareta Wahlström, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction...

date: 23 March 2012
Source(s): Global Humanitarian Assistance (GHA)

We should never forget the human impact which disaster statistics represent as this can play a significant part in convincing donors that disaster risk reduction has a major contribution to make towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals and building the bulwarks against climate change...

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date: 16 March 2012
Source(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Europe (UNISDR EUR)

Prevention and response to water-related disasters and crises are high on agenda at this week's Sixth World Water Forum which has resulted in a Ministerial Declaration that 'we intend to develop and strengthen national and trans-boundary disaster prevention and response strategies'...

date: 15 March 2012
Source(s): International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

James Dalton is Coordinator for Global Initiatives with IUCN’s Global Water Programme. Speaking at the World Water Forum in Marseille he explains that the disaster risk reduction community needs to know about managing water better...

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date: 14 March 2012
Source(s): VibeGhana

'Ghana cannot ignore the impact of climate change any longer and a concerted holistic approach is needed to deal with the problem,' said Mr Jeremais Blaser, UNDP Deputy Country Director...

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date: 13 March 2012
Source(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR)

'In the final analysis it's business that can push the critical actions as we can see here with water management,' says Margareta Wahlström, the UN Disaster Risk Reduction Chief...

date: 12 March 2012
Source(s): United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

'The challenges, risks and uncertainties blocking the road to sustainable development and the achievement of the UN Millennium Development Goals require a collective response by the whole international community', said the Head of WMO, 'UN-Water will bring the important messages of this UN-Water Report to the Rio+20...'

date: 8 February 2012
Source(s): UN-Water; United Nations Human Settlements Programme - Headquarters (UN-HABITAT); World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

'Adaptation to climate change will require better water management and more sharing of information and data about water resources,' says World Meteorological Organization Secretary-General Mr Jarraud...


date: 22 December 2011
Source(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Hyogo Liaison Office (UNISDR Hyogo)

'If there is one issue that cuts across all development concerns and all sectors, and involves everyone, is disaster risk reduction. It is a fundamental strategy for achieving the Millennium Development Goals'...

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date: 7 December 2011
Source(s): Independent Online (IOL)

'Developing countries will bear three quarters of the negative impact of changing weather patterns, water shortages, and rising sea levels, and they are the least equipped to deal with them. Hard won gains in poverty reduction are at serious risk'...

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date: 29 November 2011
Source(s): United Nations Development Programme - South Africa (UNDP South Africa)

The third requirement is for the international community to help Africa adapt to the impact of climate change because its economies are fragile, like their agriculture which is often rain-fed...

date: 25 November 2011
Source(s): Nepali Times; Himalmedia Private Limited

'Given the high earthquake risk and other hazards in Nepal, UNDP has been working with the government on disaster risk reduction for many years,' declared Helen Clark, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)...

date: 13 November 2011
Source(s): Hindu, The

To continue farming in a sustainable way in the face of climate change, rural women and men need to be given the resources to cope with the challenges of more frequent and extreme weather events, such as droughts and floods. 'Investing in adaptation measures now will be far less costly than in the future', write the authors...

date: 31 October 2011
Source(s): United Nations News Centre (UNNC)

'Disaster risk reduction is a key component contributing to reducing socio-economic vulnerabilities. Based on preparedness, disaster risk reduction is an essential component of building resilience and sustainable development'...

date: 12 July 2011
Source(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Africa (UNISDR AF)

'The integration of risk reduction into policy and development programmes in Africa is the best way to address disaster risk in the long term,' said Youcef Ait-Chellouche, UNISDR Africa, Deputy Regional Coordinator, ahead of the DRR workshop for establishment and strengthening regional and national platforms in East African region...

date: 24 May 2011
Source(s): Guardian Ltd, the; IPP Media (IPP)

The East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) met in Arusha, Tanzania last week to discuss the use of disaster risk reduction as a tool towards achieving sustainable poverty reduction in the region at a meeting entitled 'Disaster risk reduction: An instrument for achieving the Millennium Development Goals'...

date: 20 May 2011
Source(s): East African Legislative Assembly, the (EALA)

The East African Legislative Assembly today commenced a two-day consultation on Disaster Risk Reduction, organized by EALA’s Committee on Agriculture, Tourism and Natural Resources. It is themed: 'Disaster Risk Reduction: An Instrument for Achieving the Millennium Development Goals'...

date: 2 March 2011
Source(s): European Commission (EC)

The Pacific Plan for Strengthening Regional Cooperation and Integration sets out the Region’s cooperation and integration goals from 2006 to 2015 in four areas: economic growth, sustainable development, governance and security. In response, the European Union adopted the EU Strategy for a Strengthened Partnership with the Pacific...

date: 20 November 2010
Source(s): Philippine Information Agency (PIA), Philippines - gov

Philippine Senator Legarda convenes a consultative meeting for Asian parliamentarians to discuss actions they can take to increase the resilience of Asian countries to disasters and climate change, including promoting investment in disaster risk reduction and disaster resilient schools and hospitals...

date: 29 October 2010
Source(s): Philippine Information Agency (PIA), Philippines - gov

Albay will host the LGU+3i climate change National Conference on November 4-6, 2010, which intends to pursue the Philippine's commitment towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 2015...

date: 7 October 2010
Source(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR)

'The MDGs cannot be achieved and climate change impacts can not be minimized if we do not reduce risk to natural hazards,' said Salvano Briceño, director of UNISDR. 'Parliamentarians play an essential role in implementing disaster risk reduction policies as they can influence their country’s spending laws'...

date: 15 July 2010
Source(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR); United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - New York UNHQ Liaison Office (UNISDR NY)

The event addressed current initiatives related to urban risk reduction, in particular in Port-of-Prince, Tijuana and Kathmandu. Eminent speakers from Haiti, Mexico and Nepal highlighted the importance of reducing risk in the urban context - relevant to achieving the Millennium Development Goals...

date: 1 July 2010
Source(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - New York UNHQ Liaison Office (UNISDR NY)

UNISDR ECOSOC side event panellist Marianne Fay of the World Bank said that disaster risk reduction and achievements of the Millennium Development Goals support each other – the converse is that a failure of one will undermine the other. Disaster risk reduction makes eminent sense from an economic point of view...

date: 30 May 2010
Source(s): United Nations News Centre (UNNC)

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today highlighted the importance of disaster risk reduction in countering the challenges of climate change and attaining the ambitious goals of moving developing states out of poverty...

date: 16 March 2010
Source(s): United Nations News Centre (UNNC)

With five years to go before the 2015 deadline to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says progress has been uneven and without an accelerated action plan several Goals are likely to be missed in many countries...

date: 11 February 2010
Source(s): United Nations Development Programme - Headquarters (UNDP)

Helen Clark commends Australia 'for prioritizing support for disaster risk reduction in its aid programme', saying 'in general, disaster and climate risk reduction needs to be given very high priority in national development plans'...

date: 11 February 2010
Source(s): Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN)

Are rich countries keeping their end of the bargain in helping poor countries adapt to increasingly erratic weather patterns? Are some poor countries exaggerating financial needs or their ability to spend funds? IRIN takes a closer look at some of the issues around adaptation funding...

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date: 26 December 2009
Source(s): United Nations Development Programme - Maldives (UNDP Maldives)

A nationwide public awareness campaign for disaster risk reduction, early warnings and response actions titled 'be aware - be prepared' was launched today...

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