• Disaster

    European Countries Commit to Enhance Efforts to Reduce Disaster Risk

    EUROPE: A declaration spelling out challenges and opportunities facing the European region as it seeks to reduce disaster risks and losses was adopted by representatives of European countries, stakeholder groups and partners at the European Forum on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR). The ‘Rome Declaration of Stakeholders: Securing Europe’s Prosperity: Reducing Risk of Disasters’ calls on governments… Continue Reading »

    UNU-EHS Summer Academy Builds Capacity on Urban Dimension of Climate Action, SDGs, DRR

    BONN, GERMANY: The Summer Academy on World Risk and Adaptation Futures sought to build capacity and create networks for real-world impact, emphasize a stronger focus on drivers of future risk for risk reduction policy and action, foster collaboration between policymakers and practitioners, and provide them with information on future risk trajectories and future trends regarding… Continue Reading »

    ESCWA Charts Course for Integrating Climate Change Adaptation and DRR

    BEIRUT, LEBANON: The UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) issued its seventh report on water development, which focuses on integrating actions for disaster risk reduction (DRR) with climate change adaptation. The reports draw attention to the existing gap between adaptation and DRR communities as they address problems of water scarcity and seek… Continue Reading »

    DESA’s World’s Cities Data Finds Cities “Highly Exposed” to Disasters

    NEW YORK, USA: The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) released a data booklet titled, ‘The World’s Cities in 2018.’ The publication finds that nearly three in five cities with populations greater than 500,000 people are at high risk of a natural disaster. According to the publication’s findings, 679 of 1,146 cities inhabited… Continue Reading »

    Introducing the Online Guide to the World Development Indicators: A New Way to Discover Data on Development

    WASHINGTON, DC, USA: The World Development Indicators (WDI) is the World Bank’s premier compilation of international statistics on global development. Drawing from officially recognized sources and including national, regional, and global estimates, the WDI provides access to almost 1,600 indicators for 217 economies, with some time series extending back more than 50 years. The database helps users—analysts,… Continue Reading »

    Infrastructure Forum Explores Technology’s Role in Sustainability, Accessibility, Resilience

    BALI, INDONESIA: The heads of multilateral development banks (MDBs) and international institutions gathered for the 2018 Global Infrastructure Forum (GIF 2018) to consider the role of technology plays in shaping infrastructure that is sustainable, accessible and resilient. They also committed to enhancing support for capacity building for infrastructure public-private partnerships (PPPs). Held under the theme… Continue Reading »

    DRR Platform Adopts Declarations to Reduce Disaster Risk in Africa and Arab Regions

    TUNISIA: Participants at the Africa-Arab Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) focused on the theme, ‘Towards Disaster Risk Informed and Inclusive Sustainable Development,’ and adopted two declarations. The meeting provided input to the Global Platform for DRR which will convene in Geneva, Switzerland, in 2019. The meeting, which took place from 9-13 October, in Tunis,… Continue Reading »

    World Bank Announces $1bn Assistance for Indonesia Natural Disaster Recovery and Preparedness

    NUSA DUA, BALI, INDONESIA: The World Bank has announced funding of up to $1 billion for the Government of Indonesia to supplement relief and reconstruction efforts in the disaster-affected areas of Lombok and Sulawesi, and to bolster long-term resilience. The funding will be available on request by the Government. It would be guided by a… Continue Reading »

    UNISDR Tool Promotes City-to-City Peer Review for DRR

    NEW YORK, USA: The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) has released a city-to-city disaster risk reduction (DRR) peer review. The ‘USCORE’ tool is expected to help cities implement the Sendai Framework for DRR and build the resilience of cities. The tool arose out of a need identified by European municipalities for better access… Continue Reading »