Disaster

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 »

Three Innovative Approaches for Managing Disaster Risks

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 babies, because she didn’t have… Continue Reading »

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

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,” examines the role of risk… Continue Reading »

Now Available – GFDRR Publications on Disability-inclusive DRM

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 a global partnership managed by… Continue Reading »

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

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, adequate cybersecurity and equitable access… Continue Reading »

Thematic Group on Disaster Risk Reduction Invites Experts and Organizations to JOIN!

INTERNATIONAL: The Stakeholder Group of Persons with Disabilities, is launching the establishment of a NEW Thematic Group on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR). This thematic group will support the engagement of persons with disabilities, their representative organizations and other relevant stakeholders to contribute to the monitoring of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (included within the 2030 Agenda… Continue Reading »

WMO Checklist Helps Enhance Early Warning Systems

INTERNATIONAL: Early warning, a critical component of disaster risk reduction (DRR), can prevent loss of life and reduce the economic impacts of hazardous events, including disasters, according to a multi-hazard early warning systems checklist developed by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in partnership with the UN Office for DRR (UNISDR), UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization… Continue Reading »

ISO Establishes New Task Force on the UN Sustainable Development Goals

INTERNATIONAL: The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) announced that they have established a new Task Force on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Several of GAATES Founding Board Members are active participants in ISO Task Forces and have shared that the new “Task Force will: Review the mapping of ISO standards to the SDGs, Determine… Continue Reading »