Statements and messages

Mami Mizutori and Petteri Taalas
This new Centre of Excellence will concentrate minds on what extreme weather and other natural hazards means for daily life on planet Earth for the foreseeable future and spur efforts to adapt and cope with that reality.
Portrait of Asako Okai
If the COVID-19 crisis has taught us anything, it’s that we need to work together if we are to overcome shared challenges.
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in front of the UN flag and national flags
To meet the cascading challenges of the 21st century and safeguard the lives, health and livelihoods of all people, we must reduce systemic risks.
Group of hands on top of each other
It has become very clear over the last twelve months that international cooperation to developing countries is not keeping pace with the rise in extreme weather events and the tragic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Human rights
Excellencies, distinguished delegates, It is not a new story, but the COVID-19 pandemic has underlined in a vivid way that disasters put the human rights of vulnerable groups, and in particular in the case of this pandemic, older persons at serious risk
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Statement by Mami Mizutori, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction for International Women’s Day Today is a day to celebrate women who have truly made a difference in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic which has
António Guterres UN Secretary-General
MESSAGE OF THE UN SECRETARY-GENERAL FOR WORLD TSUNAMI AWARENESS DAY, 5 NOVEMBER We live in a multi-hazard world where risk is systemic and embedded in the very fabric of human development. Currently we are struggling with what some describe as a tsunami
WHO Director General
The following is a message from the Director-General of WHO, Dr,. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, for International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction: From earthquakes and floods to conflicts and disease outbreaks, it is a common reaction to think that nothing
UNDRR Hazards Report Cover
Statement by the head of UNDRR, Mami Mizutori at the launch of the UNDRR-ISC Technical Report on Sendai Hazards Definitions and Classifications It is my pleasure to welcome you all to the launch of the UNDRR-ISC Technical Report on Sendai Hazards
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Statement by the Secretary-General's Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, Mami Mizutori, at the launch of IUCN's Global Standard for Nature-based Solutions It is a pleasure to participate in this event to mark the launch of the IUCN’s