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The uncounted costs of disaster
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Estimates of the cost of disasters paint a partial picture of their true toll, in terms of human lives and economic, developmental and social impacts.
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction
A human-centred understanding of disaster risk
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Trust is critical to effective risk communication. Where communities feel they are not receiving or able to understand or trust the warnings being disseminated, they are less likely to take action in the face of a hazard.
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction – Regional Office for the Americas and the Caribbean
The Climate Risk & Early Warning Systems Initiative
Early warnings, Mozambique
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Thanks to anticipatory action and investment in early warning efforts by the Government of Mozambique with support of the United Nations, the number of deaths and people displaced by Cyclone Freddy is lower than in past comparable cyclones.
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Africa
United Nations Mozambique
Midterm Review of the Sendai Framework - plenary session
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To implement DRR policies and plans, all stakeholders need to be engaged, at every stage. Those most at risk are often disadvantaged through lack of access to resources, power, and influence – like persons with disabilities, local communities, and women.
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction
Sun above a city
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While heatwaves and hot weather do not cause significant damage to the landscape similar to cyclones and earthquakes, the impacts of heatwaves on health, economic productivity, and the environment can nonetheless be serious and costly.
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Asia and Pacific
CREWS in the Caribbean
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The CREWS Caribbean initiative’s purpose is to support Caribbean countries in their efforts to increase their weather and climate services and to generate and communicate effective, impact-based and gender-responsive MHEWS and risk information.
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction – Regional Office for the Americas and the Caribbean
The Climate Risk & Early Warning Systems Initiative
Participants at MCR2030 peer exchange
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Central Asian city representatives discussed disaster risk management and preparedness with Greater Manchester authorities, including lessons learnt from dealing with emergencies experienced by the British city such as severe winter weather and floods.
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Europe & Central Asia
Making Cities Resilient 2030 (MCR2030)
Concept of online communication or social networking. Wooden cubes with speech bubbles linked to each other with lines..
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More risk data is produced every day. However, new findings often don't make it out of the scientific silo to the broader public. In the face of false information, it is essential to search for new ways to make risk information accessible for everyone.
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction
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As the world grapples with the impacts of the climate crisis, effective risk communication is critical to reduce disaster risk. But the rise in fake news and disinformation can hamper efforts to raise awareness of risks and prepare communities.
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction
Bonn technical forum
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Three UN agencies are working together to develop a new tracking system for disaster impacts following agreement at COP27 on a global loss and damage fund to provide assistance to developing nations suffering from the impact of climate change.
UNDRR Bonn Office

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