Disaster

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

Americas, Disaster, News, November 12 2018

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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,… Continue Reading »

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

Americas, Built Environment, Disaster, News, Universal Design, October 31 2018

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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… Continue Reading »

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

Asia-Pacific, Built Environment, Disaster, Universal Design, October 30 2018

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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… Continue Reading »

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

Africa, Disaster, Middle East, October 30 2018

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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… Continue Reading »

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

Asia-Pacific, Disaster, News, October 19 2018

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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… Continue Reading »

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

Americas, Disaster, News, October 17 2018

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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… Continue Reading »

Three Innovative Approaches for Managing Disaster Risks

Disaster, News, October 9 2018

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INTERNATIONAL: When Dara Dotz, an industrial designer, traveled to Haiti after the devastating earthquake in 2010, she saw firsthand the supply chain challenges people were facing that had life threatening consequences – most vividly, a nurse having to use her medical gloves to tie off the umbilical cords of newborn… Continue Reading »

New Study Focuses on Risk Aversion to Understand Why Some People Flee Conflict, While Others Don’t

Americas, Disaster, News, August 26 2018

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WASHINGTON, DC: Despite growing numbers of people that are forcibly displaced due to conflict, the reality is that many do not flee and continue to live under difficult circumstances. To understand how people make this choice, a new World Bank working paper, “Risk Preferences and the Decision to Flee Conflict,”… Continue Reading »

Now Available – GFDRR Publications on Disability-inclusive DRM

Americas, Disaster, News, June 7 2018

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WASHINGTON, DC, USA: Over the past year, members of the Disability & Development team of The World Bank reached out to their networks for inputs and insights into Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) supported work on including persons with disabilities in Disaster Risk Management (DRM).  The GFDRR is… Continue Reading »

Asia-Pacific Business Forum Urges Regulation of Technologies, Financing Models

Asia-Pacific, Disaster, ICT, News, April 27 2018

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HONG KONG, CHINA: The Asia-Pacific Business Forum (APBF) highlighted the need for massive investment to achieve the SDGs, and the potential for emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) to produce social and economic benefits. Participants noted, however, that appropriate regulation should be put in place to ensure, for example,… Continue Reading »


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