disaster risk reduction

SDG 1: No poverty, SDG 10: Reduced inequalities, SDG 13: Climate change

Just from the other side of the San Juanico bridge in Leyte, lives a man named Oscar, a local resident of Samar, the first island to be struck by typhoon Haiyan in November 2013. Despite the aftermath conditions and turmoil that surrounded him, Oscar remained optimistic and decided he would find a way to serve his community.


19 October 2017
Asia and the Pacific
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SDG 3: Good health and well-being, SDG 11: Sustainable cities and communities

The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme in Myanmar, in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), runs a Disaster Risk Reduction Youth Volunteer (DRRYV) project in support of the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement.

16 October 2017
Asia and the Pacific
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SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals

Ge Yang (China), is currently supporting communications in the UNV Regional Office in Bangkok, Thailand, and recently shared her UN Youth Volunteer experience with Mr. Haoliang Xu, United Nations Assistant Secretary General and UNDP Director of the Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific.

30 August 2017
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SDG 11: Sustainable cities and communities

The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) has been supporting implementation of the United Nations Plan of Action on Disaster Risk Reduction for Resilience in South and East Asia and the Pacific since 2014.

22 May 2017
Asia and the Pacific
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SDG 11: Sustainable cities and communities

This week, Habitat III, the third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development is taking place in Quito, Ecuador, to establish a sustainable Urban Agenda for cities as we work towards achieving the Global Goals. 

21 October 2016
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Sustainable development requires that disaster risks are reduced and communities are better prepared for response and recovery. United Nations Volunteers (UNV) is the UN organization that contributes to peace and development through volunteerism worldwide. As part of its mission, UNV supports global efforts to reduce the impact of disasters by working at national and community level to support disaster prevention and risk reduction strategies. UN Volunteers actively support governments and local communities with disaster risk reduction and prevention efforts.

20 October 2015
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SDG 13: Climate change

Volunteerism is a fundamental source of community strength and resilience that exists in all societies throughout the world. The role of volunteerism, in general, and mobilizing and managing volunteers, in particular, are important components of any disaster risk management strategy that aims at fostering community recovery, strength and resilience in vulnerable areas. In the last decade, almost one million people have been killed by disasters, many of them volunteers who were at the forefront of responding to emergencies, and more than one trillion dollars have been lost.

17 March 2015
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SDG 9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure, SDG 13: Climate change

Port-au-Prince, Haiti: My name is Francesca Pinna, I am a United Nations Volunteer in the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Country Office in Haiti.

I never thought that I would get engaged in the field of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR). It happened by chance after the earthquake that hit the Italian city of Aquila in 2009. I understood what an unexpected natural disaster could really provoke and how much destruction could have been avoided through an adequate knowledge of disaster risks and appropriate preparedness.

16 March 2015
Latin America and the Caribbean
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SDG 9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure, SDG 13: Climate change

Manila, Philippines: My name is Alma B. Sevillano, I am from the Philippines and I work as a UN Volunteer for the Haiyan Response and Recovery programme.
 

16 March 2015
Asia and the Pacific
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The International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR), celebrated every year on 13 October, encourages every citizen and government to take part in building more disaster resilient communities and nations. It is a day to celebrate how people and communities are reducing their risk to disasters and raising awareness about the importance of DRR.

13 October 2014
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