World leaders reach historic deal to tackle climate change

News - 14 December, 2015

Diplomatic efforts and international willingness to compromise brought a historic climate agreement in Paris this weekend as 196 countries agreed a landmark deal to tackle global warming. The 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21) brought together 50,000 people including 150 World Leaders to limit the global […]

International Day for Disaster Reduction Knowledge for Life

News - 13 October, 2015

Today marks the international day for disaster reduction; raising awareness of the work done throughout the world to prevent and reduce the impact of disasters as well as to help those communities who are affected. The focus this year is on the traditional, indigenous and local knowledge which complement modern science and add to an […]

International Day for Disaster Reduction

News - 13 October, 2014

Wilton Park’s contribution to reducing risk Today is the International Day for Disaster Reduction. Wilton Park has focused extensively on disaster reduction over the last few years.  A discussion on a gender inclusive approach to disaster prevention, preparedness and response will take place in Manila in November with our partners the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC). Other […]

World Humanitarian Day

News - 19 August, 2014

Today is World Humanitarian Day, this recognises those who face danger and adversity in order to help others. The day was chosen by the UN General Assembly to coincide with the anniversary of the 2003 bombing of the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq. It is a day to commemorate all people who have lost their […]

World Humanitarian Day 2013

News - 19 August, 2013

Today is World Humanitarian Day – the fourth such day since the date was designated as such in 2009. The day commemorates the lives of humanitarian personnel killed whilst working to help those in need. The 19 August was chosen to immortalise the sacrifice of UN staff who lost their lives in the bombing of […]

Using science better to reduce the risk of disasters

News - 17 May, 2013

Ahead of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, we launch our report on building global resilience through scientific innovation following our recent conference. This is part of our ongoing contribution to discussions on disaster risk reduction and ensuring communities are more resilient. Building global resilience to natural disasters: translating science into action 28-30 January […]

Thai flooding: disaster risk reduction dialogue

News - 9 December, 2011

A meeting to highlight the potential increase in severe weather events; an expected result of climate change, and the devastating impact of earthquakes such as in Japan, China and South Asia. Disaster risk reduction in Asia: identifying and maximising opportunities for action 12 – 14 December 2011, Pattaya, Thailand (WP1125) Held in partnership with the Asia […]

Former Under Secretary General Sir John Holmes Confirmed to Speak

News - 7 October, 2010

Over half the global population live in poorly planned urban areas, where fast expansion increases their exposure to natural hazards.  This conference covers disaster prevention, preparedness and response best practice across all levels. Urban risks: moving from humanitarian responses to disaster prevention Monday 22 to Thursday 25 November 2010 (WP1059) The theme incorporates recent experience […]