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  • GEM at the UNISDR Science and Technology Conference

    events | 27 Feb 2016 > GEM had a leading role in the organisation of the UNISDR's Science and Technology Conference on the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. Besides GEM’s direct involvement in the conference design and engagement of key participants, GEM representatives also chaired and reported on sessions. Four documents showing GEM’s work were accepted and presented in the Poster Exhibition. The conference was another great opportunity to disseminate GEM’s tools and to establish potential areas to collaborate with and organisations.

  • GEM’s recent achievements in Africa

    regions | 21 Feb 2016 > Under a USAID-funded project, GEM has continued to make significant contributions to understand and manage earthquake risk in Africa. In terms of hazards, significant advances have been made in the last months in all the aspects of the preparation of the regional hazard model for Africa, including a new version of the earthquake catalogue that has been recently produced using an updated release of the GEM catalogue toolkit. Advances in Earthquake risk assessment in Africa have been also made. Fragility Functions for building typologies identified from the exposure model for the region have been finalized for damage and loss estimation. These functions are the first of its kind defined specifically for the region and thus becomes the first effort for further research on seismic vulnerability of buildings in Sub Saharan Africa. Further, qualitative solutions have been developed to determine the key indicators required for a social and economic vulnerability mapping in the region by judging the importance of each indicator by sub-theme.

  • John Schneider: GEM’s new Secretary General

    announcements | 14 Feb 2016 > Before her return to South America, our Communications and Strategy Intern, Alejandra Gaviria Reyes, interviewed Dr John Schneider, GEM’s new Secretary General, on his role and his vision for the organisation.

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  • Strong GEM presence in Geneva helps bridge the gap between Science, Technology and DRR.

    general news | 27 Jan 2016 > During UNISDR's Science and Technology Conference (#science4sendai), GEM's team is looking forward to reaching out to agencies interested in collaborating to make the world a safer place.

  • GEM’s collaborative work in the Kathmandu Valley

    partners | 22 Jan 2016 > In collaboration with the University of Kyoto, NSET and the municipalities of Kathmandu, in Nepal, and Yangon, in Myanmar, GEM co-organized the official launching in January 2016 of the project “Enhancement of urban disaster resilience through activities of local participatory platform”. The main purpose of this three-year project is to incorporate the active participation of academy and the community in local-government-led disaster risk reduction initiatives. Based on the understanding of the earthquake risk that will be provided by updated risk assessments led by NSET, the project will facilitate the establishment of local participatory platforms in Kathmandu and Yangon to assist local authorities to achieve their earthquake-resilience goals. Active participation of academia in these platforms will provide local authorities with the necessary information, while participation of the community will provide the necessary political support. This project has been included within the long-term collaboration framework that has been prepared between GEM and the Government of Nepal, which was developed in collaboration with four Nepali experts who spent a month at the GEM Secretariat.