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 […]

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 […]

Wilton Park media workshop in Vietnam

News - 14 November, 2013

Facilitating a workshop for journalists takes Wilton Park to Vietnam for the first time. Publicising disaster preparedness activity through the news is a crucial part of mitigating the impact of extreme weather events on vulnerable populations. Disaster preparedness in Vietnam: getting the story out before the disaster hits Thursday 14 – Saturday 16 November 2013 (WP1310) […]

Reducing disaster risk in South and South East Asia

News - 5 November, 2013

In partnership with the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) we are hosting a high level, two day discussion on managing urban flood risk in Southeast Asian river deltas. Challenges in flood risk management in urban areas of river deltas in South and South East Asia Wednesday 6 November – Thursday 7 November 2013 (WP1257) One […]

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 […]

Sir John Holmes , Former Under Secretary General, Humanitarian Affairs, on urban disasters

News - 1 December, 2010

Haitian and Indonesian earthquakes, floods in Pakistan and the 2004 tsunami demonstrated the complexity of responding to large scale disasters affecting urban areas and the particular vulnerability of poorer populations. Urban risks: moving from humanitarian responses to disaster prevention Monday 22 – Thursday 25 November 2010 (WP1059) Academics, policy makers and humanitarian actors from over […]

Pakistan floods appeal – how you can help

News - 24 August, 2010

To donate to the DEC Pakistan Floods Appeal, follow the link below or call 0370 60 60 900.  The money raised will support the efforts in Pakistan of DEC members, which are the leading UK aid agencies. Pakistan Floods Appeal – How You Can Help     The Disaster Emergency Committee (DEC), an umbrella organisation […]