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Disaster Risk Reduction

Devastating Earthquake in Nepal: Humanitarian Relief and Tackling Poverty

Winnie Byanyima | Posted 06.26.2015 | Impact
Winnie Byanyima

I remember looking at the thousands of flimsy shacks and hovels lining Kathmandu's dusty slums and the sturdier, but still precarious, multi-tiered family homes, and the cheaply-built apartment blocks and ornate temples that collectively give the city its colorful distinctive appearance. We all understood and feared what a big earthquake would surely do there.

New UN System Working To Protect Poor Farmers From Natural Disasters

www.theguardian.com | Posted 03.17.2015 | Impact

Nearly a quarter of the damages caused by natural disasters in the developing world affect the agricultural sector, exacting a heavy cost on poor farm...

Sustainability Begins in Sendai

A View from the United Nations | Posted 05.12.2015 | World
A View from the United Nations

Japan occupies a special place in the recent history of human development because of its early support for the idea that reducing disaster risk is essential if we are to make progress on sustainable development.

A Disaster Not Waiting to Happen

Michael Møller | Posted 05.10.2015 | World
Michael Møller

The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction has calculated that over 42 million life years have been lost annually in disasters between 1980 and 2012! If we look at the economic costs the numbers are quite unbelievable: 250-300 billion dollars are lost every year in disasters.

The Pope and Tacloban

A View from the United Nations | Posted 03.16.2015 | World
A View from the United Nations

The pope's first visit to the Philippines is a truly historic event and an occasion of joy for the country's Catholic population. His visit to Tacloban reminds us what is at stake if we do not capitalize on the promise of 2015 to make the world a better and more resilient place.

Dare to Prepare: Taking Disaster Risk Seriously

Courtenay Cabot Venton | Posted 05.03.2014 | Impact
Courtenay Cabot Venton

Two communities of practice have long characterized the international aid industry. On the one hand, the development community deals with long-term poverty reduction in order to support development and growth.

Preparing for Disaster in Nicaragua

Michael Solis | Posted 09.07.2013 | Impact
Michael Solis

My friends tease me, telling me I have to relax. But the truth is that we never know when these things might happen, and it's better to be prepared for the worst should the unwanted ever unfold.

Cancun Must Be About More Than Climate Change

The MDG Advocates | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
The MDG Advocates

Outside of Cancún, governments must do what they have promised: take concrete action to reduce their emissions and work together to make low-carbon development a reality.

Haiti Faces a New Threat With Hurricane Season

Coco McCabe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Coco McCabe

What misery might Mother Nature have in store now? It's bad enough that for nearly five months residents have woken from sleep only to stumble back into the same nightmare: the camps.