The cost of natural disasters is high, but lives can be saved before they ever occur. As climate change and increasingly erratic weather patterns increase the risks of devastating storms, droughts and floods, we are helping communities identify, assess and reduce their risks. Creating response plans and resilient strategies now can help better protect people tomorrow.
The Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction - Day 2
The sun came out in Geneva this morning and 1,800 people from governments, the UN, international organizations, science and academic institutions gathered to discuss the progress we're all making on disaster risk reduction efforts around the world.
The Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction — Day 1
Every two years, a very important conference is held between governments, academic and science institutions, international organizations and non-governmental organizations to see how the international community can reduce disaster risks in a world of ever increasing hazards.
Indonesia: Preparing for the Worst, Hoping for the Best
Padang Pariaman, Indonesia - At 10:00 a.m. on a sunny morning exactly two years after the Indian Ocean tsunami, the squall from a siren defeated the noise from a bustling market. Immediately, the town's streets were choked with citizens - many of them laughing.