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From Commitment to Action: Statement by Deputy Executive Director Yannick Glemarec at the fifth Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Statement by Yannick Glemarec, UN Assistant Secretary-General and UN Women Deputy Executive Director for Policy and Programme at the fifth Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in Cancun, Mexico More

UN Women launches new programme to address the gender inequality of risk at international conference on disaster risk reduction

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The Deputy Executive Director of UN Women, Yannick Glemarec, will participate at the fifth Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (24-26 May) in Cancun, Mexico, which will convene more than 5,000 delegates to discuss how to prevent disasters and reduce the loss of lives, as well as economic and infrastructure losses. More

In Viet Nam, women are leading disaster prevention and response

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Viet Nam ranks among the 12 countries with the highest levels of exposure to natural disasters this year. Until recently, women’s role in disaster risk reduction, preparedness and response was not recognized, which compromised these efforts. With the support of UN Women, local women are now leading their communities in preparing for disasters in ways that reduce negative impacts. When the Kien Giang river flooded last year in the middle of the night, the damage to lives and livelihoods of the people of My Thuy commune was minimal, because of the preparations and adaptations. More

Editorial spotlight: What does gender have to do with reducing and addressing disaster risk?

Thursday, May 18, 2017

The fifth Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, taking place in Cancun, Mexico, from 24 – 26 May, is expected to convene more than 5,000 delegates, including Heads of State, Ministers, disaster experts, along with representatives from civil society organizations, United Nations, academia and technology sector, and the private sector. With natural disasters on the rise—445 million people were affected last year alone, according to UNISDR (the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction)—the Forum will focus on how to prevent disasters and reduce the loss of lives, as well as economic and infrastructure losses. More

Op-ed: Gender equality can save women’s lives in disasters

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

In an op-ed ahead of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and Robert Glasser, the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction and head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, highlight the importance of recognizing the greater risks women experience and their unique roles in resilience building, disaster response and recovery. More

Placing Pacific women at the forefront of disaster planning and response

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

As the Pacific braces itself for another cyclone season, UN Women is leading efforts to ensure that women and girls are at the centre of disaster preparedness, response and recovery work. More

UN Women provides immediate support to women in Grande Anse after Hurricane Matthew

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

On October 11, UN Women staff in Haiti visited Jeremie, one of the most affected areas by Hurricane Matthew in the Grande Anse Department, and met with women's organizations, civil society and local authorities to discuss and respond to the most urgent challenges that women and girls are facing after the catastrophic storm. More

Preparing for disasters, rebuilding in the aftermath

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

On International Day for Disaster Reduction, 13 October, UN Women spotlights women’s rights and potential for building more disaster resilient communities and nations. More

At WHS, participants vow to put women and girls at centre of decision-making

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

The first-ever World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) drew to a close on 24 May, after two days of historic discussions among global leaders from 173 countries, focused on how to respond more effectively and inclusively to major humanitarian crises and be better prepared to meet future challenges. More

At WHS side event, participants call on global leaders to prioritize local women’s groups in humanitarian response

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

On 23 May, the first day of the World Humanitarian Summit , UN Women Deputy Executive Director Yannick Glemarec co-hosted a side event on how to realize the commitments being made to gender equality and women’s empowerment. More

UN Women Executive Director presents UN commitments to embed gender equality in humanitarian response

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Closing remarks from UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the World Humanitarian Summit Roundtable, Women and Girls: Catalyzing Action to Achieve Gender Equality, 24 May 2016 in Istanbul. More

Press release: At World Humanitarian Summit, UN Women calls for women’s rights and empowerment to be central principles of humanitarian action

Monday, May 23, 2016

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and Deputy Executive Director Yannick Glemarec will join other world leaders at the first World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) held today and tomorrow in Istanbul, Turkey. The first gathering of its kind, the Summit aims to place humanity—people’s safety, dignity and the right to thrive—at the heart of global decision-making and initiate a set of concrete actions and commitments to enable countries and communities to better prepare for and respond to crises. With more than 5,000 expected participants, the programme will include seven high-level leaders' roundtables on priority action areas. More

Getting humanitarian action right for women and girls

Friday, May 20, 2016

In a statement ahead of the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul from 23-24 May, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka says getting humanitarian action right for women is central to increasing the effectiveness of humanitarian response, bridging the gap with development, and accelerating the path to recovery for the millions affected. More

Speaking the same language in post-disaster Nepal

Sunday, April 24, 2016

After the devastating earthquakes in Nepal, a local woman takes an active role in humanitarian action as an interpreter and social mobilizer. More

Nepal: A year after the earthquakes

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

As we approach the one-year mark since the earthquakes in Nepal, a spotlight on Nepali women and girls, their stories and their solutions. More

Gender equality must be at the core of humanitarian action says international community

Friday, March 18, 2016

At CSW60, government representatives, civil society groups and high-level UN officials highlighted the centrality of gender equality in humanitarian action and urged world leaders to make concrete commitments at the World Humanitarian Summit in May. More

Building resilience for South Sudanese women through humanitarian assistance

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Following a successful pilot in 2014, UN Women in South Sudan has scaled up the provision of humanitarian assistance to reach 6,000 vulnerable women and girls and 1500 men and boys in displaced settlements in Nimule, Eastern Equatorial State, Mingkaman in Lakes State and Juba in Central Equatoria State. More

Fiji cyclone appeal: Help keep women and girls safe and support rebuilding efforts

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

On 20 February 2016, Fiji was hit by one of the strongest cyclones ever recorded in the Southern Hemisphere. Wind gusts of over 300 km per hour flattened villages, destroyed crops and damaged critical infrastructure. Around 98 per cent of the population has been affected, the majority of whom are women and children. The women of Fiji already faced rates of violence double the global average and the aftermath of the cyclone puts women at an even greater risk of sexual or physical assault, even as they work to rebuild their homes and livelihoods. Women in Fiji need somewhere to turn if they experience violence and support in rebuilding their livelihoods. More

Post-disaster assessment in Myanmar highlights disproportionate impact on women

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Due to a variety of factors, women and girls are especially vulnerable at times of crisis. More

Statement by UN Women on World Humanitarian Day, 19 August 2015

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

In a statement on World Humanitarian Day, 19 August 2015, UN Women pays tribute to those who have dedicated their lives to end the suffering of others, and who bring hope where it is most needed. Their humanitarian spirit and actions inspire us every day. More

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