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date: 5 August 2015
Source(s): Business & Financial Times, the B&FT Online (B&FT)

'We need to make economic growth more inclusive, that is why we will be signing up to the SGDs this year', said President Mahama at the launch of a long-term national development plan for the country. The UN Development Assistance Framework (2012-2016) provides support for strengthening the capacity of Ghana to address energy and environmental challenges, including a focus on priority areas such as climate change and disaster risk reduction...

date: 3 August 2015
Source(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR)

The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction places strong emphasis on disaster risk management with a view to achieving substantial reductions in disaster losses over the next 15 years. It sets out targets for the post-2015 Development Agenda including a substantial reduction in mortality, in the numbers of people affected by disasters, economic losses and damage to critical infrastructure. These objectives are re-affirmed under Goal 11: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable...

date: 2 August 2015
Source(s): United Nations Development Programme - Headquarters (UNDP)

Concluding a negotiating process that has featured the unprecedented participation of civil society, countries agreed to an ambitious agenda that features 17 goals that would end poverty by 2030 and universally promote shared economic prosperity, social development and environmental protection. The proposed text includes the outcome of the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, calls to promote resilience and disaster risk reduction, and its goals take into account the impact of disaster...

date: 22 July 2015
Source(s): Thomson Reuters Foundation, trust.org (TRF)

Sven Harmeling of CARE International writes in an opinion piece that, 'It is still not too late to make the post-2015 development agenda climate-smart, and this can help maximise the synergies between the twin tracks of the sustainable development agenda and the U.N. climate process, for the benefit of today’s and future generations and the people and communities most vulnerable to climate change.'...

date: 17 July 2015
Source(s): Thomson Reuters Foundation, trust.org (TRF)

After three days of negotiations in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, world leaders this week agreed a broad framework for funding the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), due to be adopted in September at a cost of more than $3 trillion a year. One of the biggest wins was the adoption of the 'social compact', which means everyone has the right to basic social services such as free healthcare, education and an income...

date: 16 July 2015
Source(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR)

The Addis Ababa Action Agenda, agreed today at the 3rd International Conference on Financing for Development (FFD3), aims to overhaul global finance practices and generate investments for tackling a range of economic, social and environmental challenges. It references the need to fold risk reduction into development and financial policies, as numbers exposed to natural hazards rise...

Local governments are vital players in reducing urban disaster risk Photo by Flickr user United Nations Photo CC BY 2.0 https://www.flickr.com/photos/un_photo/5434063718/

date: 15 July 2015
Source(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR)

The role of local governments is underlined in the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. 'Local governments are the ones trying to find the solutions and harnessing the difficulties, yet the monies often never go to them.' said Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi, Secretary General of United Cities and Local Governments of Africa...

date: 15 July 2015
Source(s): United Nations - Headquarters (UN)

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said, 'This agreement is a critical step forward in building a sustainable future for all. It provides a global framework for financing sustainable development.' He added, 'The results here in Addis Ababa give us the foundation of a revitalized global partnership for sustainable development that will leave no one behind.'...

date: 15 July 2015
Source(s): White House, the, United States of America - gov

While the White House recognizes the considerable progress achieved since the first international conference on Financing for Development, notably in halving rates of extreme poverty, too many people have been left behind. A deliberate focus on inclusion and the needs of people in crisis and the poorest countries must therefore be a key tenet of our collective commitment to sustainable development...

Photo by Flickr user  Third Intl Conference on Financing for Development CC BY 2.0 https://www.flickr.com/photos/131248360@N06/19481065428

date: 14 July 2015
Source(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR)

Details of an €80 million package of support from the EU to disaster risk management across sub-Saharan Africa, were unveiled today at the Financing for Development Conference. Margareta Wahlström said: 'This is a strategic long-term investment in building resilience in Africa. It will help to reduce mortality and economic losses by improving preparedness, early warning systems'...

date: 9 July 2015
Source(s): Woodrow Wilson Center's Environmental Change and Security Program (ECSP)

As momentum builds towards the negotiation of the SDG's and UN climate change summit, G7 countries have made a strong statement about the importance of climate security risks. An independent report commissioned by G7 foreign ministers analyzes the security and stability risks posed by climate change and offers concrete policy options for addressing them...

 Photo by UNISDR Margareta Wahlström, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, addresses the Central American forum.

date: 24 June 2015
Source(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction – Regional Office for the Americas (UNISDR AM)

'The challenge now is to go from disaster risk reduction management to an effective disaster risk reduction strategy as a development plan,' Ms. Wahlström, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, told the 3rd Consultative Forum of the Central American Policy for Integrated Risk Management which was opened by El Salvador’s President Salvador Sánchez Cerén...

date: 19 June 2015
Source(s): Asian Development Bank (ADB)

The ADB is working with the Government of Tonga to build up the it's resilience to natural disasters and promote environmental sustainability, disaster risk management, and climate change adaptation. 'For example, the Cyclone Ian Recovery Project is supporting upgrade and climate-proofing of the electricity grid network and school buildings,' said Woo Yul Lee, ADB Energy Specialist...

date: 17 June 2015
Source(s): United Nations News Centre (UNNC)

'You have seen the tragic human toll rise from extreme weather events. You know the staggering economic price tag. I call on you to show even stronger leadership. Voice your support for an ambitious agreement in Paris,' said Ban, urging the participants to heed the example of industry leaders, including Axa, which recently pledged to decarbonize its assets...

 Photo by UNDP

date: 11 June 2015
Source(s): United Nations Development Programme - Headquarters (UNDP)

The activities will focus on disaster risk reduction and early preparedness for emergencies; and energy and environment, for initiatives implemented by UNDP in Central Asia and elsewhere. 'UNDP welcomes the establishment of the new Trust Fund and looks forward to working with Russia as a partner in supporting achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals,' Helen Clark said...

date: 26 May 2015
Source(s): Tonga - government

Prime Minister of Japan, Hon Shinzo Abe pledged assistance the Pacific Islands aimed to foster resilient capabilities that will not be defeated by climate change or disasters. Prime Minister Pohiva of Tonga, as lead discussant of the discussion on disaster risk, emphasized that research and investment in early warning systems is fundamental to disaster risk reduction...

Photo by Flickr user Commonwealth Foundation CC BY 2.0 https://www.flickr.com/photos/cwfoundation/7894366940/

date: 26 May 2015
Source(s): World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

Climate and disaster resilience building is critical in eradicating poverty and achieving sustainable development, according to United Nations special envoy Ms. Amina J. Mohammed. In a special video address to the World Meteorological Congress, she welcomed the contribution of WMO and National and Meteorological and Hydrological Services to the post-2015 agenda...

date: 25 May 2015
Source(s): United Nations News Centre (UNNC); World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

The Congress will now discuss the strategic role of the World Meteorological Organization in the post-2015 new global agenda on sustainable development and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk reduction while also deciding on the UN agency's Strategic Plan, budget and office holders for the next four years...

date: 20 May 2015
Source(s): International Telecommunication Union (ITU)

At the Sendai World Conference, ITU emphasized that with over 7 billion mobile cellular subscriptions worldwide, almost 3 billion people connected to the internet and with 4.9 billion connected devices, ICTs have a vast potential to support disaster risk reduction efforts. ITU considers emergency telecommunications an integral part of the post-2015 sustainable development agenda...

 Photo by Yousef Raffah https://www.flickr.com/photos/yousefraffah/5390674959/  Reducing the risk of disasters such as flooding is key for sustainable development

date: 13 May 2015
Source(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Arab States (UNISDR ROAS)

The main outcome of the forum, the Bahrain Document, stresses the importance of recognizing the increasing frequency of disasters caused by natural hazards, particularly drought, and urges the region to take measures to develop early warning systems, as well as to strengthen risk management and resilience to reduce existing risks and work towards achieving sustainable urban development...

date: 5 May 2015
Source(s): Press Information Department, Pakistan - gov

Ambassador Lodhi's highlighted disaster risk reduction as a critical area that required more cooperation and coordination within the region. Pakistan urged the UN to further strengthen arrangements under the Sendai Framework of Disaster Risk Reduction to generate hope for a safer planet even as the international community moved towards adoption of the post 2015 Development Agenda...

date: 30 March 2015
Source(s): United Nations News Centre (UNNC)

UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson...warned that in a period of 'intensifying disasters, both man-made and natural,' social and economic stresses related to water supply would increasingly flare up, spawning tensions between communities and nations. His remarks come as Member States prepare to roll out a post-2015 development agenda...which may also touch upon issues of issues of water governance and quality to wastewater management and the prevention of natural disasters....

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: 26 February 2015
Source(s): Huffington Post Inc.

'The learnings of these last ten years must feed into the post-2015 development agenda starting with the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in March in Sendai, Japan, which will adopt an updated version of the Hyogo Framework for Action,' write Nicolas Hulot and Loren Legarda in an op-ed on Huffington Post ahead of French President Francois Hollande's visit to the Philippines...

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: 14 January 2015
Source(s): Huffington Post Inc.

'The pope's visit to the Philippines and his solidarity with the poor of Tacloban should speak volumes to world leaders and government ministers tasked with adopting a series of new global agreements this year which will form the basis for tackling poverty over the next 15 to 20 years,' writes Margareta Wahlström in an opinion piece in the Huffington Post....

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'...

Bangladesh - climate change canvas by Students at Charupeeth School of Fine Art, Jessore, south-western Bangladesh, flickr user Oxfam International, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0, https://www.flickr.com/photos/oxfam/3057841579

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...

 by s. bär CC BY-SA 2.0 http://www.flickr.com/photos/sbl/8163560725

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'...

 UN Photo Logan Abassi http://www.unmultimedia.org/s/photo/detail/533/0533391.html

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'...

© UN Photo/Evan Schneider, http://www.unmultimedia.org/s/photo/detail/153/0153621.html

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...

 Photo by lightmagic Armen CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 http://www.flickr.com/photos/magiclight/2422493518

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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