24 March – 2015 Pacific Islanders Say Climate Finance “Essential” for Paris Agreement

CANBERRA, Australia , Mar 24 2015 (IPS) – As Pacific Islanders contemplate the scale of devastation wrought by Cyclone Pam this month across four Pacific Island states, including Vanuatu, leaders in the region are calling with renewed urgency for global action […]

18 March 2015 – Sendai: UN conference adopts new, people-centred disaster risk reduction strategy

Death, destruction and displacement wrought by natural disasters would be significantly reduced by 2030 under a new framework adopted by countries attending the Third United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, in Sendai, Japan, where they also affirmed the […]

17 March 2015 – Devastation in cyclone’s wake illustrates need for targeted disaster response, Pacific leaders say at UN conference

With reports slowly emerging about the damage wrought in Vanuatu, which suffered the brunt of Cyclone Pam that pummeled the South Pacific over the weekend, leaders from the region made a joint call today from a United Nations conference on […]

16 March 2015 – As UN steps up aid efforts, Ban promises ‘necessary action’ to assist cyclone-hit Vanuatu

With United Nations relief agencies stepping up their response in Vanuatu after the country was hit by Cyclone Pam, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today that the event “tragically underscored” the importance of global efforts on disaster risk reduction. “I have instructed to […]

6 March 2015 – Ahead of global risk reduction conference, UN review finds vast majority of disasters climate-related

The United Nations office dedicated to disaster risk reduction today appealed to world leaders ahead of a major gathering in northern Japan next week to provide clear, action-oriented guidance to tackle the underlying drivers of risk, such as climate change, […]