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Step Up for DRR: International Day for Disaster Reduction 2012

Total number of news: 58

date: 20 January 2013
Source(s): Himalayan Times, the; International Media Network Nepal Pvt. Ltd.

The participation of women is essential in achieving a disaster resilient society, states Ratindra Khatri of the Strategic Centre for Disaster Risk Reduction Nepal. He suggests that women should be involved in policy formulation, planning and implementation of processes...


Motorcyclists were a key part of the parade during the observance of IDDR and the launch of the Campaign on 6 Dec 2012

date: 14 January 2013
Source(s): United Nations Development Programme - Liberia (UNDP Liberia)

'Urban risk reduction provides opportunities for capital investments through infrastructure upgrades and improvements, building retrofits for energy efficiency and safety, urban renovation and renewal, cleaner energies, and slum upgrading' said Deputy Minister Jackson at the launch. Liberia also reports its recent observance of the International Day for Disaster Reduction...


date: 19 December 2012
Source(s): Better India, the

Natural disasters devastate the lives and livelihoods of millions of people and cause substantial loss to the economy. Around 200 million young people worldwide are affected each year by reported disasters and thousands of them are killed and injured. A proper disaster risk management framework would enable the affected population, especially women, in taking immediate steps in emergency situations...


date: 26 November 2012
Source(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR)

An analysis of activity around last month’s high-profile International Day for Disaster Reduction shows that social media played a key role in sharing news and messages and engaging people to join in the celebrations with 27 million views of over 5,000 tweets on Twitter...


date: 19 November 2012
Source(s): United Nations News Centre (UNNC)

'We talk a lot about infrastructure, but at the centre of all this is the people factor, and the way people live through a disaster will also impact their perception of the next disaster. Every disaster is an opportunity to improve the preparedness for the next one'...


date: 6 November 2012
Source(s): World Vision International - South Asia & Pacific Regional Office

'We should invest our effort to sensitise, empower women and young people that could contribute much reducing risk to disasters. Partakers also put special emphasis on encouraging and enhancing participations of the womenfolk and girls in DRR programmes for effectively minimising disaster risks,' speakers said at the IDDR day in Bangladesh...


date: 1 November 2012
Source(s): Cameroon - government

The main goal is the inclusion of women in disaster management. Women’s strides with regards to risk prevention and management have remained oblivious. This will be done through collaboration with women group and associations, non-governmental organisations, schools and the government through the Department of Civil Protection...


photo by flickr user Pencils for Kids, Libore, Niger, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 http://www.flickr.com/photos/pencilsforkids/6793039595/

date: 29 October 2012
Source(s): Overseas Development Institute (ODI)

In addition to October 2012 having been a big month for disaster resilience, it's also been a big year. While such profile is refreshing for those working to manage disaster risk, the reality is the future of disaster losses looks bleak, at least in the short-to-medium term, says ODI in a call for disaster resilience to become a priority for the post-2015 development agenda...


date: 28 October 2012
Source(s): Al Hayat, Dar al-Hayat

فتح التقدّم العلمي أبواباً كبيرة في رصد الكوارث الطبيعية ومساراتها ونتائجها، إضافة الى محاولة التعرّف على أسبابها. ولا يملك الإنسان أن يوقف الحوادث في الطبيعة، لكنه يستطيع الحدّ من آثارها، كي لا تتحوّل إلى كوارث فتّاكة...


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date: 23 October 2012
Source(s): Lisbon Municipality, Portugal - gov

The Lisbon Municipal Civil Protection Department commemorated this year the International Day for Disaster Reduction on the week 15-19 October, with a range of school sessions about information and awareness in the educational establishments, designed to prepare the scholar and student population to know how to act in a situation of catastrophe...


date: 22 October 2012
Source(s): Nigerian Tribune

The non-governmental organization Community Emergency Response Initiative (CERI), has urged the three tiers of the Nigerian government to adopt more proactive strategies in disaster management in the country...


date: 19 October 2012
Source(s): All India Disaster Mitigation Institute (AIDMI)

'Without involvement of women and girls, we cannot think for reduction, mitigation and prevention of disaster. Though considered vulnerable, they can be a force in disaster reduction if significant steps are taken to increase their involvement thorough enhancing their capacities to deal with disaster'...


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date: 16 October 2012
Source(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Hyogo Liaison Office (UNISDR Hyogo)

'A lot of actual work is being done by women, but not integrated into policies and the decision-making process. It's a challenge for women to be visible. In disaster risk reduction, more social issues need to be advanced, not just infrastructure related issues,' said former Governor of Chiba Prefecture in Japan, Akiko Domoto...


 by UNDP http://www.flickr.com/photos/unitednationsdevelopmentprogramme/8068591636/in/pool-1975450@N23/

date: 15 October 2012
Source(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR)

'We need more women volunteering at the community level, and we need more women in senior positions as disaster managers. A world in which exposure to disaster is growing exponentially - and causing ever-higher economic losses - needs all the female help that it can get,' said Margareta Wahlström...


date: 15 October 2012
Source(s): Walta Information Center

'Women and girls play catalytic roles in the social, economic and environmental progress of any nation. Across regions, evidence indicates strongly that sustainable development strategies that do not promote gender equality and the full participation and empowerment of women and girls will not succeed,' said UNDP Country Director Alessandra Tisot...


date: 15 October 2012
Source(s): Guardian Ltd, the; IPP Media (IPP)

'Too often, women and girls are portrayed as just passive victims of disasters. Yet they are the ones with unique skills and expertise which must be used and reflected in national policies and actions. It is essential to make use of the experience and knowledge women and girls have when addressing disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation.'...


date: 15 October 2012
Source(s): Ghana News Agency (GNA)

'What people don’t know is that we are the agents of change and should be encouraged to participate in disaster risk reduction and decision making. The formation of Environmental and Disaster Risk Reduction Clubs in our Schools by World Vision is very good. It gives us the chance to talk about things that affect us and our environment. It helps us to contribute to our own safety and keep the environment safe for future generation.'...


date: 15 October 2012
Source(s): An-Najah National University, Earth Sciences and Seismic Engineering Center (NNU)

قررت الجمعية العامة بموجب قرارها 64/200 المؤرخ في 21 كانون الأول من العام 2009، تحديد 13 تشرين الأول من كل عام موعداً للاحتفال باليوم العالمي للحد من الكوارث، ويهدف الاحتفال الى توعية الناس بكيفية اتخاذ إجراءات للحد من مخاطر تعرضهم للكوار، وفي كل عام يخصص لهذا اليوم موضوع ليحمل عنوان الاحتفال السنوي، ولهذا العام تم اختيار موضوع 'النساء والفتيات - القوة الخفية للقدرة على مجابهة الكوارث'


date: 15 October 2012
Source(s): Daily Observer, the; Daily Observer Ltd., the

On the occasion of the International Day for Disaster Reduction, the vice president and minister of Women’s Affairs of The Gambia has called for greater participation and involvement of stakeholders and all parties in disaster risk reduction and other environmental hazards such as the environmental climate change adaptation...


date: 14 October 2012
Source(s): Nation, la

'Nous ne pouvons pas arrêter les calamités naturelles, mais nous pouvons et nous devons mieux équiper les personnes et les communautés pour leur donner les moyens d’y résister', a indiqué en substance le ministre de l’Intérieur, célébrant pour la première fois la journée internationale de la prévention des catastrophes...


date: 14 October 2012
Source(s): United Nations Development Programme - Bangladesh (UNDP Bangladesh)

Local members of the parliament urged students of Dhaka to take the lessons learned by participating in the drill back to their home so that in needs they can act upon it. Guests also emphasised to achieve perfection in these drills so that in the event of actual disaster it can prove its efficiency...


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date: 14 October 2012
Source(s): United Nations Development Programme - Bangladesh (UNDP Bangladesh)

Citing the vital and unsung roles of women the honourable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina called for concerted actions and empowerment of women and girls for a safer tomorrow while delivering her speech as Chief Guest on the occasion of the International Disaster Reduction Day 2012...


date: 13 October 2012
Source(s): Sustainable Environmental and Ecological Development Society (SEEDS)

Throughout their lives, women play an important and pivotal role in making their communities safer. On the occasion of the International Day for Disaster Reduction 2012, Seeds shares with you a short video based on this year's theme of women and girls as the invisible forces of resilience...


date: 13 October 2012
Source(s): German Red Cross (GRC)

To celebrate the UN International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction in October 13th, Nhi and 14 other girls from her school in Huong So Ward, Hue City traveled to Danang with their teachers to perform what they have learned. 'I would help my family to get prepared in case of an approaching typhoon or a flood'...


date: 13 October 2012
Source(s): National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA), Gambia - gov

This year’s celebration came at a time when the government of The Gambia has stepped up efforts to this end, with the establishment and enhancement of a National Disaster Governing Council, with a view to improve community conditions so as to reduce risk and mitigate the impact of disasters...


date: 12 October 2012
Source(s): World Health Organization (WHO)

WHO is launching a policy brief that discusses the integration of sexual and reproductive health in all aspects of health emergency and disaster risk management, both for immediate health needs, as well in the long-term to reduce vulnerability and to support sustainable development of sexual and reproductive health services in health systems and communities...


photo by UNDP Pakistan, 2010, A woman volunteer participating in rope management training for rescue operations http://www.flickr.com/photos/unitednationsdevelopmentprogramme/8068588355/in/pool-iddr12

date: 12 October 2012
Source(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR)

'The focus of this year’s International Day for Disaster Reduction is on women and girls whose efforts to build resilience to disasters often go unrecognized. Women are responsible for many of the key strategic decisions of daily life. They have real impact when they are fully involved in community planning for disaster risk reduction,' said Ms Wahlström...


date: 12 October 2012
Source(s): Australia - government

'One of the key messages of the National Strategy for Disaster Resilience recognises that connected communities are resilient communities - and women and children strengthen community connectedness,' Attorney-General and Minister for Emergency Management, Nicola Roxon said...


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date: 12 October 2012
Source(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Asia and Pacific (UNISDR AP)

'We are very grateful for her support especially on this special day, the International Day for Disaster Reduction, when we celebrate the role of women and girls in building resilience to disasters,' said UNISDR chief Margareta Wahlström...


date: 12 October 2012
Source(s): Ministry of Provincial Development and Disaster Management, Fiji - gov

'Woman and girls are the pillars of resilience. They are the first to prepare their families for disaster and the first to put communities back together in the aftermath. It is not gender, but gender inequality put women and girls in harm’s way when disaster strikes. Therefore it can be said that women and girls are the invisible force of resilience’...


date: 12 October 2012
Source(s): World Vision International (WVI)

Five awareness raising video shorts on each of the five Children's Charter on disaster risk reduction priorities in the Latin America and Caribbean Region have been created for the International Day for Disaster Reduction: '¿Que opinas tu?', or 'What do you think?', asks a girl of her classmates and other youth. Answer via Facebook...


date: 12 October 2012
Source(s): National Office of Disaster Services (NODS), Antigua and Barbuda - gov

On the observance of International Day for Disaster Reduction on October 13 under the theme 'Step up women and girls - the (in)visible force of resilience', the National Office of Disaster Services is drawing attention to some of the women and girls who have been involved in disaster management in Antigua and Barbuda...


date: 12 October 2012
Source(s): Gender and Disaster Network, the (GDN); Huairou Commission; Oxfam - Great Britain (Oxfam GB); Plan International

Women and girls make a major contribution to disaster risk reduction and yet their role and involvement often go unacknowledged. In recognition of this gap, the Gender & Disaster Network, the Huairou Commission, Oxfam International and Plan International are facilitating the greater visibility of women and girls as part of the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction...


 by Graham Crumb CC BY-SA 2.0 http://www.flickr.com/photos/imagicity/431152406

date: 11 October 2012
Source(s): Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)

'Women and girls are up to 14 times more likely to die during a disaster and that's often purely the result of inadequate access to education and awareness messages. It's very important to try and change that,' Senior program officer with aid agency CARE Australia, Stefan Knollmayer told Radio Australia...


date: 11 October 2012
Source(s): New Europe; Media Company S.A., Brussels News Agency, the (NE)

The WorldRiskReport 2012 'gives us a picture of how environmental destruction is increasingly becoming a direct threat to human beings...Where slopes have been deforested, where protective reefs, mangroves and wetlands have degenerated or even completely disappeared, the forces of nature impact with far higher force on inhabited areas,' said Peter Mucke, director of Alliance Development Works...


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date: 11 October 2012
Source(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR)

'Unless we reduce disaster risks, protect the most vulnerable communities, build resilience and empower women and girls -- forced marriages and the unfulfilled dreams of education by girls all over the world will continue to drive the news stories we have to endure,' said Margareta Wahlström, UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction...


date: 11 October 2012
Source(s): Ghana - government

Ghana, under auspices of the National Disaster Management Organisation, joins other United Nations member countries to celebrate the International Day for Disaster Reduction. This year's theme, ‘Women and Girls –The [In] visible Force of Resilience’, draws attention to the fact that women’s contributions to protect and rebuild their communities before and after disasters are often unrecognised...


date: 11 October 2012
Source(s): City Government of Makati, Philippines - gov

In celebration of the International Day for Disaster Reduction, the symposium highlighted women's vital roles in strengthening multi-sectoral participation and gender-responsive disaster risk reduction and management that would enhance disaster resiliency of Makati...


 by Asian Development Bank CC BY-NC 2.0  http://www.flickr.com/photos/asiandevelopmentbank/5774866952

date: 10 October 2012
Source(s): DTi News -Dan Tri International

'Nations and communities cannot become resilient and reduce disaster related risks if they ignore half of their population, comprising of women and girls. All efforts are needed to put women and girls at the centre of disaster risk reduction policies and action,' writes Pratibha Mehta, UN Resident Coordinator in Vietnam on the pages of DTi News...


date: 10 October 2012
Source(s): National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM), India - gov

To observe the Disaster Reduction Day, NIDM invited proposals from schools to develop their own 'School Safety Plans,' with an objective to create awareness among students, teachers and other stakeholders about school safety. Out of the received plans from schools, 20 selected plans across the country will be awarded Rs. 25,000 to each as prize along with certificates...


date: 10 October 2012
Source(s): Office of Senator Loren Legarda, Philippines - gov

'Despite bearing the brunt of disasters, women have been silently and effectively at the frontline of disaster prevention and climate change adaptation efforts. We must invest in women, make them part of decision-making, as their development role is crucial in adapting to climate change and building community resilience to disasters,' said Senator Legarda...


date: 10 October 2012
Source(s): European Commission (EC); United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Europe (UNISDR EUR)

In the context of awareness raising towards the citizens, Ms. Paola Albrito, Head of UNISDR Regional Office for Europe said, an 'informed citizen is an active force towards building resilience to disasters and local level risk assessments and sharing of risk maps are important means to share knowledge and increase awareness in risk reduction'...


date: 10 October 2012
Source(s): Imphal Free Press

'Education plays an important role in spreading awareness on natural disaster management. Women are powerful agents of change and they contribute a lot during natural calamities,' said Addl Director General of Police LM Khoute IPS in Imphal, India...


date: 9 October 2012
Source(s): Himalayan Times, the; International Media Network Nepal Pvt. Ltd.

'The government has adopted a policy to include women and children in the disaster management task,' said Laxmi Prasad Dhakal, Under Secretary at the Home Ministry at a special press conference in preparation for the International Day for Disaster Reduction...


date: 9 October 2012
Source(s): Botswana Press Agency (BOPA), Botswana - gov

The commemoration is expected to raise awareness about issues related to disaster risk reduction in the area and nationally. The choice of the theme was based on the fact that women and girls have unique knowledge and skills that can be vital in addressing issues of disaster management...


 Photo by  Bob in Thailand  CC BY 2.0 http://www.flickr.com/photos/bob_in_thailand/6941141997

date: 9 October 2012
Source(s): World Vision International - South Asia & Pacific Regional Office

'Reducing disaster risks is not a work that we can finish in a short period. It’s a long term work. We have to be aware, we have to have knowledge, we need to take responsibility and action and be ready all the time,' said a member of the Village Disaster Management Committee in San Pya village...


date: 9 October 2012
Source(s): Fiji - government

'I know women can make a difference in disaster risk management. When disaster happens, it is expected that we all have all hands on deck so it’s really for both men and women (to take ownership of),' said The Ministry of Local Government acting deputy permanent secretary Ms Talei Digitaki Rokotuibau at the opening of the National Disaster Management Week...


date: 8 October 2012
Source(s): United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA)

'If you fail to prepare, you prepare to fail' is the notion disaster managers should follow. Effective Disaster Risk Reduction activities call for ‘Information Preparedness' - what often receives less attention in many developing countries due to a lack of coordination amongst stakeholder agencies...


 by the Advocacy Project CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 http://www.flickr.com/photos/advocacy_project/3721488308

date: 8 October 2012
Source(s): Rwanda Focus, the

'In Rwanda, women are cata­lysts of national development; the reason why they should also play key role in disaster manage­ment,' said Disaster Management and Refugee Affairs Minister Marcel Gatsinzi at the launch of the week-long campaign on disaster risk reduction...


date: 8 October 2012
Source(s): United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

'For too long, women have been more particularly affected by disasters due to social roles, discrimination and poverty. Furthermore their role and capacities in disaster risk reduction are not sufficiently recognized,' said Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director-General...



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