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March 17, 2015

The Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), the World Bank, and the UK Department for International Development (DFID) have joined forces to launch the Challenge fund to help spur new and inventive approaches and partnerships so developing countries can better gauge disaster risks.

March 16, 2015

Chair of the UNISDR’s Private Sector Advisory Group called for the high standards that are typically applied to major infrastructure projects to be the benchmark for the majority of urban areas that are residential and home to small businesses.

March 15, 2015

Christchurch Mayor Ms. Lianne Dalziel told the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction that greater health resilience shortens the response to, and recovery from, disaster.

March 14, 2015

The Japanese Prime Minister, Mr. Shinzo Abe, today pledged $US 4 billion to support implementation of the “Sendai Cooperation Initiative for Disaster Risk Reduction” over the next four years.

March 14, 2015

“Japan’s new cooperation initiative for disaster risk reduction. Under this initiative, over the next four years, Japan will train 40,000 officials and people in local regions around the world as leaders who will play key roles in disaster risk reduction and reconstruction.” – Mr. Shinzo Abe, Japanese Prime Minister

March 14, 2015

The opening day of the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction was marked today by a stark reminder that disaster risk management is a matter of life and death

March 13, 2015

The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) agreed to help pioneer a new ISO Standard in 45 cities already recognized for their commitment to keeping their citizens safe from a range of natural hazards including floods, storms and earthquakes.

March 11, 2015

Both UNISDR and HelpAge International are urging governments to commit to Charter 14, a 14-point declaration pledging to include older people in disaster risk reduction efforts.

March 10, 2015

While 70% of deaths are caused by earthquakes, climate-related disasters now account for over 80% of all disaster events and contribute enormously to economic losses and short and long-term population displacement triggered by disaster events.

March 06, 2015

The 5th annual Natural Hazards Risk Atlas (NHRA) assesses the natural hazard exposure of over 1,300 cities, selected for their importance as significant economic and population centres in the coming decade. Of the 100 cities with the greatest exposure to natural hazards, 21 are located in the Philippines, 16 in China, 11 in Japan and 8 in Bangladesh. The analysis considers the combined risk posed by tropical storms and cyclones, floods, earthquakes, tsunamis, severe storms, extra-tropical cyclones, wildfires, storm surges, volcanoes and landslides.

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