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Disaster Risk Reduction 2015, the annual conference of the Disaster Management Institute of Southern Africa will be hosted in Hartenbos on the scenic Eden District from 9-10 September 2015.

The theme of the conference is inspired by the outcomes of the Sendai Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, which includes the 18 March 2015 release of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030.

Mar 2015 - DMISA Conference 2014 Resolutions
A summary of the conference resolutions from DRR 2014 is available from the DMISA Website.

Resolutions relating to various papers delivered at the conference are raised with the relevant agencies who can implement the actions recommended in the resolutions tabled at the Disaster Management Institute of Southern Africa (DMISA) conference 2014 held at the Sibaya Imbizo Conference Centre, Umhlanga Rocks, Durban on 17 and 18 September 2014.

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24 Mar 2015 - Conference 2015 Theme Announced
The theme of Disaster Risk Reduction 2015, the annual conference of the Disaster Management Institute of Southern Africa, has been announced and is linked to the outcomes of the 2015 Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction held in Sendai, Japan. The theme relates to the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction issued on 18 March 2015.

The DRR2015 theme is: The 2030 Resilience, Sustainability and Adaptation Mandate: A New Action Agenda for Disaster Risk Reduction

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19 Aug 2014 - Notice of 30th Annual General Meeting

Notice is hereby given of the 30th Annual General Meeting of the Disaster Management Institute of Southern Africa (DMISA) to be held on the undermentioned date, time and venue:

DATE: Friday, 19 September 2014

TIME: 10:00

VENUE: Sibaya-Imbizo Conference Centre, Umhlanga Rocks, Durban, KZN

In terms of sub-clause 15.3.3 of the DMISA Constitution, all members in good standing are entitled to attend and all Life members, Honorary members and paid-up Fellow-, Graduate-, Corporate- and representatives of Supporting members, should a vote be called for, are entitled to vote.

A proxy may be appointed by a member not able to attend. Instruments of proxy with regard to any member entitled to vote at the meeting must be submitted to the Administrator not less than 72 hours prior to the time scheduled for the meeting.

Yours faithfully

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19 Jun 2014 - Conference 2014 Call for Papers and Registration Forms
DRR 2014 will be held at the Sibaya Conference Centre in Umhlanga. Download the Call for Papers, Registration and Reservation forms from the links provided.

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World News for Disaster Management Practitioners

UN sets the stage for adoption of a new global agreement on disaster risk in 2015
12 December 2013, GENEVA - The United Nations General Assembly has set the stage for a new global agreement on reducing the impact of disasters by confirming that the 3rd World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction will take place in Sendai City, Japan from 14 to 18 March 2015.

The main item on the Conference agenda is agreement on a successor to the Hyogo Framework for Action which was adopted at the last such Conference in 2005 within weeks of the Indian Ocean tsunami and which was attended by representatives from 168 UN Member States. Over 8,000 people are expected to attend the 2015 event including heads of State, government ministers, parliamentarians, academics, NGO and other civil society representatives.

UNISDR Chief Margareta Wahlstr÷m said: `The 3rd World Conference provides us with a rare opportunity to forge universal agreement on how to build disaster resilience across all sectors of society. It is particularly important that we have a strong urban focus as we expect 75% of the world`s population to be living in towns and cities by 2050.`

Sendai City is the capital city of Miyagi Prefecture in the T˘hoku region with a population of one million people. In March 2011, it was one of the cities affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, which killed over 15,000 people and is one of the costliest disasters in history.

Ms. Emiko Okuyama, the Mayor of Sendai City, today unveiled the Conference logo. She said: `This logo was designed by a local designer and represents people joining hands to create a chain of action. The five colours stand for the five priorities of Hyogo Framework for Action (2005-2015): Building the Resilience of Nations and Communities to Disasters which brought the concept of resilience into the mainstream of development thinking. We look forward to hosting the Conference and to welcoming the world to the Tohoku region which has made a strong recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake.`

Visit the website of the 3rd World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction:

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News from the Regions of DMISA

The DMISA Council consists of directly and proportionally elected representatives from the Disaster Management profession in Southern Africa.