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Rio plus 20 & Disaster Risk Reduction in the News

Total number of news: 70

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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: 21 September 2012
Source(s): United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA)

UNISDR chief, Margareta Wahlström, today welcomed the focus on the importance of systematic recording of disaster losses and impacts contained in the report. 'Access to information is critical to successful disaster risk management. You cannot manage what you cannot measure'...


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date: 21 September 2012
Source(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR)

'Ultimately, good disaster management makes a strong contribution to poverty reduction by eliminating recurring disaster losses from extensive disaster events such as floods and storms and avoiding interruptions to food supply, health service provision, education and public transport,' said UNISDR chief, Margareta Wahlström...


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date: 20 September 2012
Source(s): United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA)

'At the just-concluded Rio+20 Conference, commitments were made on an ambitious sustainable development agenda. But to keep those pledges credible, we must deliver on previous commitments. As a world community, we must make rhetoric a reality and keep our promises to achieve the Millennium Development Goals'...


date: 17 September 2012
Source(s): United Nations (UN)

The integration of humanitarian and development approaches to strengthen local resilience and mitigate the risk of disasters was an essential part of an overall disaster reduction framework. It was clear that the international community needed to be better equipped in order to respond to disasters, both natural and man-made...


date: 27 June 2012
Source(s): Daily Star, the

'Along with formulation of laws, I would like to see proper measures taken by the government in local level infrastructural development, capacity building of the local level authorities and mass awareness at grass-root level -- which will contribute towards effective risk reduction in Bangladesh.,' writes M. Mizanur Rahman of Islamic Relief Worldwide...


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date: 26 June 2012
Source(s): Daily Times

Japan will provide a $3 billion support to developing countries in the field of disaster reduction over the next three years, said Japanese Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development...


date: 25 June 2012
Source(s): Responding to Climate Change (RTCC)

'We underline the importance of considering disaster risk reduction, resilience and climate risks in urban planning. We recognize the efforts of cities to balance development with rural regions.' Paragraph 135 of the Future we want document...


date: 25 June 2012
Source(s): New Age

Trained and prepared community volunteer groups can be very effective in building community awareness and supporting the Fire Service and Civil Defence in case of disaster emergencies.


date: 24 June 2012
Source(s): Gleaner, the

Portia Simpson Miller, Prime Minister of Jamaica stated at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio, Brazil that a catastrophic insurance mechanism should be established in the Caribbean to help reconstruction and recovery in vulnerable developing countries in case of natural disasters...


date: 22 June 2012
Source(s): ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability

'This initiative represents an opportunity for C40 to identify partnerships and resources that can turn plans for adaptation investment into action,' said Jay Carson, executive director of C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, in partnership with the Clinton Climate Initiative...


date: 22 June 2012
Source(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction – Regional Office for the Americas (UNISDR AM)

'The declaration contains a section on disaster risk reduction that sets a firm foundation for discussions on a post-2015 framework to continue guiding nations after the Hyogo Framework expires three years from now', said the UN's Special Representative for Disaster Reduction. 'So far in our initial consultations, people tell us we have to focus on the integration of climate adaptation and risk reduction...'


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date: 21 June 2012
Source(s): United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

'The interaction of urbanization with other trends, such as population growth, water scarcity, food insecurity and climate change, is the 'defining feature of our time,' UN High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres said...


date: 21 June 2012
Source(s): Huffington Post Inc.

UK Shadow Minster for International Development urges Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, UK's representative at the Rio+20 UN Conference, to illustrate leadership and commitment on the issue of sustainable development, including Disaster Risk Reduction...


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date: 21 June 2012
Source(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction – Regional Office for the Americas (UNISDR AM)

'Sustainable development cannot be sustainable unless you look at the risk, and the risk is from disasters and climate risk,' said Margareta Wahlström, the UN Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction...


date: 21 June 2012
Source(s): National Geographic Society (NGS)

'We need to make sure that agreements reached at Rio+20 not only recognize disaster impacts on development but commit all of us to work with children and young people to reduce risks in the first place', say UNICEF DRR specialists for National Geographic...


date: 21 June 2012
Source(s): World Food Programme (WFP)

Communities in Ethiopia work hard to combat land degradation and promote the sustainable use of natural resources while also increasing production and household income. Moreover, they are better prepared for future climate shocks in an area prone to frequent droughts...


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date: 20 June 2012
Source(s): Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN)

New SDGs should cover sustainable consumption and production patterns, as well as priority areas such as oceans; food security and sustainable agriculture; sustainable energy for all; water access and efficiency; sustainable cities; green jobs, decent work and social inclusion; and disaster risk reduction and resilience...


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date: 20 June 2012
Source(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR)

'San Francisco's participation further signifies that cities of all sizes and economic strength are prepared to take the lead on disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation,' said the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, Margareta Wahlström...


date: 20 June 2012
Source(s): World Food Programme (WFP)

Long-term improvement in the lives of millions of people depends on supporting their resilience through climate-smart agriculture and safety net programmes that strengthen their ability to withstand and recover from shocks like extreme weather, market downturns and food price spikes...


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date: 19 June 2012
Source(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction – Regional Office for the Americas (UNISDR AM)

'We would like to see the business sphere engaging countries in disaster risk reduction using 'business logic.' That's our big vision for public-private partnership,' said Margareta Wahlström, UNISDR chief...


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date: 19 June 2012
Source(s): International Organization for Migration (IOM)

The panel-led discussion will highlight the need for strengthened disaster risk reduction efforts, especially as they relate to natural disasters, environmental degradation and climate-change related stresses...


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date: 19 June 2012
Source(s): InterAksyon.com

'Every time a disaster strikes, the poor and vulnerable lose their loved ones, their homes and their jobs, unable to send their children to school and provide for their nutritional needs. This is the disaster trap that pushes them deeper into poverty,' said Filipino senator Loren Legarda...


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date: 18 June 2012
Source(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR)

'The Rio+20 conference sets the stage for what many believe to be one of the most crucial global agreements of our time -- a new sustainable development framework. Negotiations leading-up to Rio identified disaster risk reduction and building resilience as critical factor for accelerating sustainable development'...


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...


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date: 18 June 2012
Source(s): Forbes Media LLC

'There is an intimate link between efforts to achieve sustainable development and those required to meet the climate change challenge. Sustainable development can reduce vulnerability to climate change, and climate change could impede nations' abilities to achieve sustainable development pathways,' says RK Pachauri...


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date: 18 June 2012
Source(s): United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

'The principles we crafted in Agenda 21 at the Earth Summit twenty years ago in Rio remain salient. The context has changed. New challenges have emerged, along with new risks. These include increasing social disparities and inequity, population growth, climate change, the deterioration and pollution of the environment, the unsustainable use of freshwater and depletion of ocean resources, as well as increasing cases of natural and human-made disasters,' explains UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova...


date: 18 June 2012
Source(s): International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

The lessons spoke to the potential, risks and options associated with using conservation action as a foundation for employment, food security, watershed management and disaster risk reduction while maintaining ecosystem integrity and biodiversity conservation outcomes...


date: 18 June 2012
Source(s): World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

Accurate and timely weather analyses and predictions, with climate predictions in the coming decades, will further improve human safety, prosperity and livelihood and preserve precious natural resources to the benefit of the global community, especially the most vulnerable...


date: 18 June 2012
Source(s): Care Climate Change Information Centre

'In Rio, climate change has been sidelined. Yet, without tackling climate change we will never achieve a development that is fair and sustainable for poor people,' said Kit Vaughan, CARE’s Climate Change Advocacy Coordinator...


date: 17 June 2012
Source(s): United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD)

The 6th World Youth Congress (WYC) met June 4-13 in Rio de Janeiro and developed a 20-point action plan that applies to individuals as well as the world community. Point 11 reads, 'Recognize the links between development and vulnerability to natural disasters to integrate place-based disaster risk reduction and sustainable development'...


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date: 15 June 2012
Source(s): Guardian News and Media Limited

'Rio+20 is the opportunity for us to pull forces together and call for change. Governments were never so much in need of suggestions and advice on how to navigate past the 2015 milepost,' writes Kelly Hawrylshyn, Plan UK's disaster risk reduction and resilience adviser in the pages of The Guardian...


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...


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date: 14 June 2012
Source(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction – Regional Office for the Americas (UNISDR AM)

Helena Molin Valdes, Deputy Director of UNISDR urged the international community to support countries in creating national disaster loss data bases which systematically record the human and economic impacts of drought thus making it a more visible risk and providing the evidence for decision makers to take proactive measures to reduce the impacts...


date: 8 June 2012
Source(s): Ghana - government

With support from the UN, the National Disaster Management Organisation was able to formulate and mobilize support for the Action Plan on Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation, an initiative which represents a major departure from NADMO’S traditional approach of emergency response to disaster management...


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date: 8 June 2012
Source(s): China Daily

'I know China wants to take more of a leadership role, for instance, in disaster risk reduction and tsunami warnings. They are also very interested in helping developing countries in Africa, in terms of capacity development.'...


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date: 6 June 2012
Source(s): United Nations Environment Programme - Headquarters (UNEP)

The fifth edition of the Global Environmental Outlook (GEO-5), launched on the eve of the Rio+20 Summit, assessed 90 of the most-important environmental goals and objectives and found that significant progress had only been made in four...


date: 6 June 2012
Source(s): United Nations News Centre (UNNC)

'Sustainable development is an idea whose time has come. It is the future we want,' said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon talking about the Rio+20 conference. 'Ultimately, Rio+20 will be measured in the transformation it sets in motion – the lives it changes for the better'...


date: 22 May 2012
Source(s): Inter Press Service International Association (IPS)

'We need to bring climate change into the mainstream; it is still looked at (by most people) as a subject that only scientists are talking about,' said Ali Raza Rizvi, Asia head of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature regional climate change and resilience programme...


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date: 14 May 2012
Source(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR)

Addressing city leaders at the 2012 Resilient Cities Congress, the UN's top disaster risk reduction official Margareta Wahlström today launched a new phase of the Making Cities Resilient campaign which now includes 1,020 cities around the globe...


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date: 1 May 2012
Source(s): Sudan Vision Daily, Byader Media Distribution Co. Ltd

With the Rio+20 Conference approaching, Alula Berhe Kidani's article in Sudan Vision lists important focuses and programmes on the current climate change education and disaster risk reduction agenda...


date: 13 April 2012
Source(s): Australia - government

'Early warning systems are critical to saving lives and to reducing the risks and costs of natural disasters caused by tsunamis. Our region gets more than its share of natural disasters and early warning systems are now agreed as essential to limiting their impacts,' said Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr...


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date: 13 April 2012
Source(s): United Nations Environment Programme - Headquarters (UNEP)

Addressing the General Assembly, the Director of UNEP's Division of Environmental Policy Implementation, Ibrahim Thiaw, said that investing in the appropriate management of forests, wetlands and other ecosystems could reduce disaster risks by serving as natural buffers against common hazards and supporting livelihoods...


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date: 13 April 2012
Source(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - New York UNHQ Liaison Office (UNISDR NY)

There was a strong call for 'the incorporation of disaster risk reduction in any future framework for sustainable development' during the UN General Assembly Thematic Debate on Disaster Risk Reduction yesterday which served as a major curtain raiser for Rio+20...


date: 12 April 2012
Source(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - New York UNHQ Liaison Office (UNISDR NY)

Rio+20 will focus on strengthening disaster response and committing to implementation of the international blueprint for risk reduction, the Hyogo Framework for Action to build resilience at national level...


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date: 12 April 2012
Source(s): United Nations News Centre (UNNC)

'The evidence for investing in disaster risk reduction is clear. The political momentum is growing. Let us continue to be ambitious. Let us work for action in Rio and beyond,' said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon...


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

'Small island developing states live most directly with the disastrous reality of climate change.' 'It is therefore crucial that the countries with so much at stake at this meeting should be able to have their voices heard,' said Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr...


date: 12 April 2012
Source(s): United Nations Department of Public Information (UN-DPI)

'Integrating disaster risk reduction from the beginning, during the planning stage, and taking a consistent approach will ensure the best results,' Susana Malcorra, Chef de Cabinet to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on his behalf as the Assembly held a day-long interactive thematic debate on the subject...


date: 5 April 2012
Source(s): Thomson Reuters Foundation, trust.org (TRF)

A report from the Global Humanitarian Forum calculated that climate change already kills about 315,000 people a year through hunger, sickness and weather disasters, and the annual death toll is expected to rise to half a million by 2030...


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date: 30 March 2012
Source(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR)

According to Chris Field, Co-Chair of the IPCC's Working Group II, 'The main message from the report is that we know enough to make good decisions about managing the risks of climate related disasters'...



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