Mar 18, 2015

U.N. disaster forum flags seven new goals

Countries gathering for a U.N. disaster conference in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, agreed Wednesday on seven global goals to mitigate risks and damage from disasters, and to boost international cooperation amid increasing threats posed by climate change. In a new, 15-year action plan, which is ...

Vanuatu president: Storm-wrecked country must 'start anew'

Mar 16, 2015

Vanuatu president: Storm-wrecked country must 'start anew'

The government said Monday it was dispatching a team of disaster assessors to Vanuatu after infrastructure on the island archipelago suffered extensive damage in a Category 5 storm, a day after pledging aid for people left homeless. The Pacific island nation has lost years ...

Mar 16, 2015

Pacific Island nations look forward to May summit in Japan

The leaders of several Pacific Island nations and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe are building up expectations for an upcoming summit in Japan. Representatives of the 16-member Pacific Islands Forum are scheduled to meet in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, in May. Meeting Sunday on the fringes ...

Mar 16, 2015

Communities in Japan drafting their own disaster plans

Local communities across Japan are increasingly adopting new approaches to disaster risks without waiting for central authorities to show them what to do. The measures include neighborhood tsunami risk maps, locally planned evacuation routes and community-level disaster drills. Representatives on Saturday spoke of their ...

Sendai readies English guidebook for U.N. disaster confab

Mar 13, 2015

Sendai readies English guidebook for U.N. disaster confab

Local volunteers in Sendai have compiled an English guidebook detailing sites of interest and various culinary offerings in the city, and aim to hand it out during the U.N. World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, which starts there on Saturday. The move is aimed ...

Feb 10, 2015

Numerical targets eyed for U.N. action plan to reduce disasters

A new action plan to be adopted next month at the U.N. World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai may contain numerical targets aimed at reducing the number of victims and economic loss during disasters, a U.N. special representative on disasters said. Margareta ...