Disaster risk reduction

2601, 2016

UN official says science ‘vital’ in promoting development

January 26th, 2016|Disaster risk reduction, News|

The chief of the UN office tasked with synergizing disaster reduction activities emphasized the importance of leaders’ attention to the role of science in lowering the exposure to extreme disaster events.

2501, 2016

FAO helps Pakistan cope with natural disasters

January 25th, 2016|Disaster risk reduction, Hunger and food security, News|

A UN development agency is teaming up with state and provincial authorities to shore up the country's agriculture, among the sectors most affected.

2201, 2016

WHO: El Nino threatens at least 60 million people in developing countries

January 22nd, 2016|Disaster risk reduction, Health, News|

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) and its partners announced today they predict a major global increase in health consequences of emergencies this year due to El Niño.

1701, 2016

UN chief says humanitarian finance gap is a ‘solvable problem’

January 17th, 2016|Disaster risk reduction, Financing for Development, News, Partnerships|

Highlighting that people around the world are living at an age of “mega-crises,” Ban Ki-moon welcomed the launch of a new report on finding solutions to the growing gap between the increasing numbers of people in need of assistance and sufficient resources to provide relief.

1501, 2016

Ethiopia: $50 million needed to tackle food insecurity caused by El Niño-induced drought, says UN

January 15th, 2016|Disaster risk reduction, Hunger and food security, News|

As the worst El Niño-induced drought has sparked a sharp deterioration in food security and massive drop in agricultural and pastoral production in Ethiopia, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) presented a $50 million plan to assist agriculture- and livestock-dependent households and enhance their resilience.

2912, 2015

Recent unusual weather worldwide calls for urgent preventive action, UN official warns

December 29th, 2015|Climate change, Disaster risk reduction, News|

Extreme tornadoes in the United States over Christmas, abnormal snowfalls in Mexico, and heavy flooding in South America show that governments must take more preventive action to reduce losses from weather-related disasters, a senior UN official warned.

2312, 2015

World Tsunami Awareness Day welcome boost for disaster risk reduction, says UN official

December 23rd, 2015|Disaster risk reduction, News|

The head of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction today welcomed the resolution adopted by the General Assembly recognizing 5 November as World Tsunami Awareness Day.

812, 2015

Ethiopia: UN urges support to mitigate most devastating drought in 30 years

December 8th, 2015|Climate change, Disaster risk reduction, Hunger and food security, News|

The United Nations stepped up its efforts to mitigate the effects of the worst drought to strike Ethiopia in 30 years, with an appeal from the heads of four UN humanitarian bodies for massive international funding now to pre-empt the high risk of death and large scale suffering later.

712, 2015

UN launches largest ever humanitarian appeal at $20.1 billion

December 7th, 2015|Disaster risk reduction, News, Poverty, Sustainable Development Agenda|

Warning that global suffering has reached levels not seen in a generation, the United Nations and its partners today launched their largest ever humanitarian appeal, calling for 20.1 billion life-saving dollars for 2016, even as the 2015 appeal posts the largest funding gap on record - $10.2 billion.

412, 2015

UN report identifies innovative ways to boost investment for climate action in cities

December 4th, 2015|Cities, Climate change, COP21, Disaster risk reduction, News, Partnerships, Secretary-General|

Proven innovative policies and mechanisms are unlocking investment for much-needed climate-smart infrastructure in cities, according to a new report being launched today in Paris, France by the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and international partners.