BANGKOK, 23 August 2016 – Scientists and researchers were today urged to provide “solutions and guidance” so that policymakers are able to effectively address the challenge of escalating disaster risk.
The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG) for Disaster Risk Reduction, Mr Robert Glasser, said successive record-breaking hot months because of climate change were a “frightening development” that makes the need for risk-informed policymaking even more pressing.
“This is a critical time in the history of the planet when many look to the science and technology community for solutions and guidance. Politicians and policymakers are challenged on a daily basis by extreme weather events, poverty, environmental decline, population growth, rapid urbanisation and – most fundamentally – climate change. In short, the major drivers of disaster risk,” Mr Glasser said.
Seven recommendations to improve the regional response to climate change have been agreed to following a meeting of Pacific Island nations in Apia, Samoa on 26-27 February. The meeting, gathering eight Pacific countries, was part of a series of Climate Vulnerable Forum workshops currently being convened though to June 2015 in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. The Climate Vulnerable Forum regional event for the Pacific, which focused on improving response to climate change for Pacific Small Island Developing States (SIDS), was organized by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Participating Governments included Cook Islands, Fiji, Nauru, Palau, Samoa, Solomon Islands, and Climate Vulnerable Forum members Tuvalu and Vanuatu. Continue reading →
Margareta Wahlström, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction has said in a statement on the launch of the International Year of Small Island Developing States that SIDS face some of the most extreme negative impacts of disaster and climate risk. But too often, the narrative fails to also capture the other side of the story: their strong will, leadership and ingenuity in tackling risk.
Small Island Developing States will this week seek to plot a course to a safer and more resilient future as part of their preparations for a major conference next year. The Inter-regional preparatory meeting for the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS), which opened in Bridgetown, Barbados, brings together nations Continue reading →
A United Nations online survey launched today seeks to provide insight into how to reduce risk and help persons with disabilities around the world cope with and prepare for disaster events. The first-ever survey of its kind, produced by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and partners, focuses on issues such as Continue reading →
Pacific government ministers said community leadership was the key to success of innovative approaches to integrated climate change and disaster risk reduction action across the region. Ministers challenged themselves, communities and international partners to consistently live up to the Continue reading →
The Head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), Margareta Wahlström, today hailed the Pacific as it committed to a world first of integrating action in disaster risk management and climate change in one strategy to secure a sustainable future for this increasingly threatened region. Continue reading →
Every day the Pacific wakes up and goes to work ahead of the rest of the world and next week it will do the same as it kicks off a series of regional consultations that will shape the successor agreement to the Hyogo Framework for Action after 2015. The Pacific Platform for Disaster Risk Management and the Pacific Climate Change Continue reading →
The Head of UN office for Disaster Risk Reduction, Margareta Wahlström today officially acknowledged Canberra as a Role Model city for UNISDR’s Making Cities Resilient Campaign by presenting a certificate to the Australian Capital Territory Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Simon Corbell. Continue reading →