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International Day for Disaster Reduction 2013

Total number of news: 67

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date: 29 November 2013
Source(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Asia and Pacific (UNISDR AP)

This year’s International Day for Disaster Reduction published a survey that revealed how people living with disabilities are extremely vulnerable during times of disaster. Eighty percent would be unable to evacuate immediately without difficulty in the event of sudden disaster. Six percent said they would not be able to evacuate at all...


date: 12 November 2013
Source(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Hyogo Liaison Office (UNISDR Hyogo)

'It is crucial to include persons living with disabilities and provide opportunities for them as important members in the community to participate in planning and discussions to advance an inclusive DRR approach,' Chief of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction Ms. Margareta Wahlström said...


date: 5 November 2013
Source(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Hyogo Liaison Office (UNISDR Hyogo); United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Asia and Pacific (UNISDR AP)

'Rikuzentakata has the opportunity to become a model city for the world,' the Mayor said. 'Our city will have a lot to showcase on inclusive reconstruction processes that can help other cities in the world to be better prepared against disasters. We hope to share this experience to the world'...


date: 28 October 2013
Source(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR)

One tweet on 13 October this year, 'Disability is not inability! I am supporting this year's International Day for Disaster Reduction', was the simple message that galvanized over five million people all over the world on social media around the critical issue of persons living with disabilities and disasters...


date: 24 October 2013
Source(s): Grupo Social CESAP (CESAP); United Nations Development Programme - Venezuela (UNDP Venezuela)

En el marco de las celebraciones por el Día Internacional para la Reducción de Desastres, el Programa de Naciones Unidas para el Desarrollo en alianza con el Centro al Servicio de la Acción Popular, organizaron el foro “Discapacidad y Desastres: una Conversación no tan obvia” que se realizó el día 22 de octubre de 2013 en la sede de CESAP en Caracas...


date: 18 October 2013
Source(s): Coordenadoria Estadual de Defesa Civil, Governo do Estado de São Paulo (CEDEC/SP), Brazil - gov

Em comemoração à Semana Nacional de Redução de Desastres, a Coordenadoria Estadual de Defesa Civil em parceria com a Secretaria da Educação do Estado, apresentou o jogo virtual que ensina estudantes da rede estadual a prevenir enchentes...


date: 17 October 2013
Source(s): GMA Network Inc. (GMA)

'Natural hazards do not have to lead to disasters especially if we are able to carefully assess the risk of an area and properly plan for the long-term. But we can only do that if we have the data. The Australian Government is pleased to have worked closely with the Philippine Government in producing these maps which can now help us prepare for such scenarios,' said Australian Ambassador to the Philippines Bill Tweddell...


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date: 17 October 2013
Source(s): HelpAge International (HAI)

The ASEAN Day for Disaster Management and International Day for Disaster Reduction was celebrated on 12 October in Bangkok, Thailand. The focus of the event was to amplify the critical issue of including the needs of people with disabilities, both now and in the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction...


date: 16 October 2013
Source(s): Chars Livelihoods Programme (CLP)

There is some great work being done by a few individual organisations to prioritise the disabled into disaster risk reduction policies, but the majority of disaster risk reduction organisations never mention disability. This needs to change...


date: 16 October 2013
Source(s): Sierra Express Media (SEM)

World Vision Sierra Leone joined the Sierra Leone Red Cross Society to celebrate the International Day of Disaster Risk Reduction on the 13th October 2013 on the theme ‘living with Disability and Disaster’. On this occasion, Momoh Juana, Emergency Response Coordinator for World Vision Sierra Leone, said that the Freetown City Council will soon embark on massive sensitization of slum communities about disaster risk reduction...


date: 16 October 2013
Source(s): International Organization for Migration (IOM)

IOM offices across the Pacific are in the midst of a busy week, marking international disaster reduction day (IDDR). From its beginnings as a single-day event on one island, IOM has now expanded it to four of the main islands in the Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and a four-day event in Papua New Guinea...


date: 16 October 2013
Source(s): Oxfam - Philippines

'Persons with disabilities are more vulnerable in times of disaster. They face more risks, are often ‘invisible’, and encounter more barriers in accessing services and support during emergencies. But involving them should entail getting them to participate themselves,' Javad Amoozegar, country director of ACF said during the celebration of the International Day for Disaster Reduction...


date: 15 October 2013
Source(s): ActionAid - Afghanistan

'This day IDDR is the most precious day for me, where I am getting a chance to reflect the problems of my people, their voice and do advocacy in front of all international NGOs and government, It is a big responsibility,' said Muhammad Murad Kateb, the elder of the community of Buzarak village, Kaldar district...


date: 14 October 2013
Source(s): Câmara Municipal da Amadora, Portugal - gov

'Promoting a culture of prevention' was the sentiment most repeated by conference speakers, which explained the importance of involving not only institutions, but the entire civil community in the difficult task of disaster risk reduction. Maria José Roxo, professor at the University of Lisbon, said the role of the human being is more valuable than the contribution that science can make in reducing the impact of disasters . 'Science makes sense only if it is shared with people and decision makers.'...


date: 13 October 2013
Source(s): Solomon Islands Development Trust (SIDT); The Foundation of the Peoples of the South Pacific International (FSPI)

'By replicating this training in all communities will ensure that Fiji is becoming more resilient to disasters', said Taina Naivalu, community disaster risk reduction trainer with Pacific Community-focused Integrated Disaster Risk Reduction (PCIDRR)...


date: 13 October 2013
Source(s): United Nations News Centre (UNNC)

'Inclusion saves lives. And it empowers persons with disabilities to take ownership of their own safety – and that of their community,' said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. 'Let us build an inclusive world where persons with disabilities can play an even greater role as resourceful agents of change.'...


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date: 13 October 2013
Source(s): Philippine Information Agency (PIA)

'I also wish to call on other nations to create their own Resilience Awards. Our ultimate goal is to have a safe planet and we need to work double time to ensure this. The Philippine Resilience Awards will be an effective tool to encourage governments and communities that it is possible to achieve zero casualty and minimize losses when natural hazards occur because there are ways to build our defenses against the effects of disasters and climate change'...


date: 13 October 2013
Source(s): The Foundation of the Peoples of the South Pacific International (FSPI)

'Children are already vulnerable to climate change and climate change related disasters and the susceptibility is higher when a child is living with a disability,' said Child Centred Climate Change Adaptation (4CA) Program Manager at FSPI. 'We need to be more understanding to children with disability and view their disability as being differently abled...'


date: 13 October 2013
Source(s): Public Safety Canada (PS), Canada - gov

This year's theme is about people with disabilities. The resilience of a community can be measured by how well all of its citizens are able to cope during a disaster. Public Safety Canada recognizes that persons with disabilities may face unique challenges, and offers an online Emergency preparedness guide for people with disabilities/special needs...


date: 13 October 2013
Source(s): ActionAid International (ActionAid)

Our human rights based approach to resilience means that we put vulnerable people at the heart of our work. That’s why we work with people living with disabilities, as they are often left out of key decision-making processes within their communities. But it’s not just at the community level that this is a problem, that’s why we work with people at all levels so they’re empowered to claim their rights...


date: 13 October 2013
Source(s): Government Information Agency (GINA)

Civil Defence Commission (CDC)'s Director General Colonel (retired) Chabilall Ramsarup, pointed out that when disasters occur, persons living with disabilities are the most disadvantaged, and explained that IDDR will focus on how to cater for this category in a disaster...


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date: 13 October 2013
Source(s): Childfund International

As we mark International Day for Disaster Reduction, ChildFund is renewing its commitment to helping children, especially those with disabilities, prepare for and respond to natural disasters. Protecting vulnerable populations including children and persons with disabilities is a primary component of ChildFund’s disaster risk reduction program, or DRR...


date: 13 October 2013
Source(s): Centro de Estudios y Prevención de Desastres (PREDES)

La plaza Túpac Amaru fue escenario de desarrollo de la feria informativa y de sensibilización que conmemoró el Día Internacional para la Reducción de los Desastres en Cusco, teniendo una gran acogida por parte de la población...


date: 13 October 2013
Source(s): Sarajevo Times

Ministry of Security Fahrudin Radončić and UNICEF Representative Florence Bauer reported on the activities tied to the implementation of the 'Reducing risk of disasters and safety of children' project aiming at raising public awareness on catastrophes and ways to reduce the risk of disaster...


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date: 13 October 2013
Source(s): World Concern

The more I see and hear about DRR and the devastating impact of hurricanes and other disasters, the more I believe that we can no longer be a people of reaction. We have to think ahead–imagine the unimaginable. Not for the sake of freaking ourselves out and burdening ourselves with worry but for the sake of being prepared and preventing unnecessary loss...


date: 13 October 2013
Source(s): Directorate of Home Guards, Civil Defence and State Disaster Response Force, Jammu & Kashmir, India - gov

On the occasion of International disaster Risk Reduction Day a rally was flagged-off by Qamar Ali Akhoon, Advisor to Hon’ble Chief Minister J&K. Despite rain and Sunday, hundreds of Civil Defence Volunteers, respectables from community, Youth, Students and Special Children with disabilities, participated in the rally...


date: 13 October 2013
Source(s): Gobierno de Santa Fe, Argentina - gov

El objetivo de esta jornada es difundir los trabajos y proyectos que se vienen realizando en relación con la gestión de riesgos, generar un espacio de reflexión y aprendizaje; promover el intercambio de experiencias, iniciativas y actividades realizadas. Las temáticas abordadas fueron desde recolección diferencia de residuos, reciclado y huertas agroecológicas hasta la prevención del riesgo hídrico...


date: 13 October 2013
Source(s): Solomon Islands Development Trust (SIDT)

International Day for Disaster Reduction 2013 was celebrated in Solomon Islands with children from Solomon Islands Red Cross Special Disability Centre. The event was supported by Solomon Islands Development Trust (SIDT) through the Child-Centred Climate Change (4CA) Adaptation Program, funded by AusAID and PLAN International Australia...


date: 13 October 2013
Source(s): The Foundation of the Peoples of the South Pacific International (FSPI)

International Day for Disaster Reduction 2013 celebrations at Fiji National Council for Disabled Persons Complex in Suva where children from various schools participated. The event was supported by Foundation of the Peoples of the South Pacific International (FSPI) and Partners in Community Development Fiji (PCDF) through the Child Centred Climate Change (4CA) Adaptation Program funded by AusAID and PLAN International Australia (PIA), UNISDR, Pacific Disability Forum and Fiji Disabled Peoples Federation...


date: 12 October 2013
Source(s): World Vision International (WVI)

As the world recognises International Day for Disaster Reduction on 13 October, World Vision appeals to governments, development organizations and civil society to prioritise and strengthen the resilience of communities who are vulnerable to disasters, especially in Asia-Pacific...


date: 12 October 2013
Source(s): United Nations Development Programme - Myanmar (UNDP Myanmar)

Dr. Sai Mauk Kham, Vice President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar joined the national event to commemorate the IDDR organised at the Myanmar International Conventional Centre in Nay Pyi Taw today. Representatives from the government ministries, diplomats, donors, local and international NGOs and UN agencies participated in the event...


date: 12 October 2013
Source(s): National News Agency of Bangladesh (BSS)

The Prime Minister hoped that the observance of International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction would expedite disaster preparedness activities in Bangladesh and ensure participation of people with disabilities...


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date: 11 October 2013
Source(s): European Union (EU)

On the occasion of the United Nations International Day for Disaster Reduction, the European Court of Auditors announced today that new guidelines for audit institutions to improve the state of disaster risk reduction around the world will be formally endorsed at the next INTOSAI Congress...


date: 11 October 2013
Source(s): National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO), Ghana - gov

'Ghana was more than 90% accessible to persons with disabilities in terms of infrastructure, attitude, information and communication which impede the ability of persons with disabilities to escape from any disaster,' said Mr Isaac Taggun, National Advocacy Officer of the Ghana Federation for the Disabled...


date: 11 October 2013
Source(s): Overseas Development Institute (ODI); Thomson Reuters Foundation, trust.org (TRF)

As attention focuses on negotiating a successor to the Hyogo Framework for Action, governments appear to be getting the message. They are calling for the inclusion of women, children and disabled people in shaping the next framework and in leading disaster risk reduction efforts. ODI analysed 62 government statements made to the Global Platform...


date: 11 October 2013
Source(s): United Nations Development Programme - Uzbekistan (UNDP Uzbekistan)

This year UNDP joined the Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Republic of Uzbekistan in recognising the ‘International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction’ from 8 to 11 October 2013. Events focused on increasing public awareness about activities of both organizations in the field of DRR...


date: 11 October 2013
Source(s): National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO), Ghana - gov

The National Coordinator of NADMO, Mr Kofi Portuphy, have assured members of the Ghana Federation of the Disabled (GFD) of a representation on the Relief and Reconstruction Technical Committee to get them involved in the planning, implementing and monitoring of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) actions in climate change policies, conflict prevention and mitigation...


date: 10 October 2013
Source(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR)

'UNISDR will ensure that their knowledge and experiences are taken fully into consideration at the 2015 World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction when UN Member States meeting in Japan will adopt a new global framework for disaster risk reduction to replace the current Hyogo Framework for Action,' said Ms Margareta Wahlström, the Head of UNISDR...


date: 10 October 2013
Source(s): Huffington Post Inc.

'There is a desperate need for research into how humanitarian crises affect people with disabilities. The research needs to take into account that people with disabilities can possess multiple identities: some are women, some are children, some are indigenous and so on. A crisis can affect them in different ways', stats Hanna Wanja Maina of Young Voices...


date: 9 October 2013
Source(s): Philippine Information Agency (PIA)

'In a statement, Mayor Jejomar Erwin S. Binay said it will be the first time for Makati to extensively involve all persons with disability in disaster risk reduction. 'We want to empower our vulnerable groups in the city and we would like to make persons with disability as partners in our disaster resiliency activities,' he said...


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date: 9 October 2013
Source(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR)

'We need more effort to focus on inclusion of people with disabilities in political life; in too many countries and parliaments others decide what is good for people with disabilities,' Mr Mirko Tomassoni, a member of the San Marino parliament said. 'The post-2015 development agenda must include the views of people living with disabilities'...


date: 9 October 2013
Source(s): CBM International

Valerie Sherrer, Director of the CBM Emergency Response Unit says: 'Together we can achieve so much more. This is exactly what inclusive disaster risk management is about: working together with persons with disabilities to minimize the vulnerability of all, while improving family and community capacity to cope with the impact of disasters: inclusion saves lives!'...


date: 9 October 2013
Source(s): News International, the; Jang Group, the

Provincial Disaster Management Authority of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan organised an event commemorating the devastating earthquake in 2005 with the theme “Living with Disaster and Disability”, reports News International...


date: 9 October 2013
Source(s): National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM), India - gov

A skit play on school safety was presented by students of ASN School, Mayur Vihar, New Delhi followed by sharing of experience by school students on recent disaster in Uttarakhand and its impact on education. Various children from schools across the country were also awarded for participating in slogan and poster competition...


date: 9 October 2013
Source(s): Ayuntamiento de Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Tenerife Gov

El próximo domingo se celebra el Día Internacional para la Reducción de Riesgos y Desastres, que además este año tendrá especial atención al tratamiento de la discapacidad, por lo que vamos a tratar las posibles situaciones que nos podemos encontrar a la hora de atender una emergencia...


date: 7 October 2013
Source(s): Fiji Broadcasting Corporation (FBC)

Including people with disabilities in disaster plan is part of a week long programme in the lead up to the International Day for Disaster Reduction launched today by the Minister for Women Dr Jiko Luveni...


date: 7 October 2013
Source(s): Pacific Islands News Association (PINA)

People living with disabilities have unique contributions, often overlooked, to help reduce the risk of disasters and build resilient societies and communities. We need to change our mindset and see them as equal and positive contributors to society, said Timothy Wilcox, head of UNISDR Pacific...


date: 7 October 2013
Source(s): National Authority for Civil Protection (ANPC), Portugal - gov

Sobretudo, envolver todas as comunidades nesta acção de sensibilização e de preparação, contribuindo de uma forma ativa para o aumento da preparação dos indivíduos, enquanto responsáveis de primeira linha pela sua autoproteção em situação de emergência...


date: 2 October 2013
Source(s): CBM International

On 13 October, CBM celebrates International Day for Disaster Reduction. Before this date, they are highlighting stories from the DiDRR network's publication 'Disability Inclusive Disaster Risk Management'. This week, thay would like you to meet Kazol, a young women from Bangladesh, ready for the next floods in her village...


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date: 30 September 2013
Source(s): Thomson Reuters Foundation, trust.org (TRF)

Developing awareness and strategies for reduction of disaster risk is a shared responsibility, which requires cooperation between governments, civil society and private sector. Only via combined efforts will we be able to take sufficient measures to protect lives and livelihoods...



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