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Conference 2014 and past conferences


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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17 Apr 2014 - Conference 2014 Announcement
The Council of the Disaster Management Institute of Southern Africa (DMISA) hereby announces Conference 2014, which will be held at the Sibaya Conference Centre on the KwaZulu-Natal Coast from 17-18 September 2014. This year the theme is “Building Disaster Resilience is everybody’s business”. The Host and Sponsor for the conference is eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality. Partnerships: the South Africa Local Government Association (SALGA), the National Disaster Management Centre (NDMC), SA Weather Service (SAWS) and the United Nations’ International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR). The Conference will be presented in partnership with the Dealing with Disasters (DwD) Programme - Disaster and Development Network (DDN) of Northumbria University, United Kingdom.

Hope to see you there! More details to follow soon.

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18 Mar 2014 - Conference resolutions, DMISA Conference 2013
The Conference Resolutions of Disaster Risk Reduction 2013 - Building resilience - Communities getting ready - is now available on the Conferences page for download

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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 Wahlström 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 Tôhoku 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.