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May 17, 2009

UN report on Disaster Risk Reduction

Filed under: International HLS,Preparedness and Response — by Philip J. Palin on May 17, 2009

Today the United Nations released a Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction.  In it’s preface the report sets out:

Drawing on detailed studies, this Global Assessment urges a radical shift in development practices, and a major new emphasis on resilience and disaster planning. Floods, droughts, storms, earthquakes, fires and other events, when combined with ‘risk drivers’ such as increasing urbanization, poor urban governance, vulnerable rural livelihoods and the decline of ecosystems, can lead to massive human misery and crippling economic losses. The risks posed by global climate change and rising sea levels carry additional grave implications for how we will live in the near future. While we cannot prevent natural phenomena such as earthquakes and cyclones, we can limit their impacts. The scale of any disaster is linked closely to past decisions taken by citizens and governments – or the absence of such decisions. Pre-emptive risk reduction is the key. Sound response mechanisms after the event, however effective, are never enough.

Related reports by the BBC and the New York Times.

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Comment by William R. Cumming

May 17, 2009 @ 8:46 am

It took decades for the World Bank to understand an ecological/environmental relationship of disasters to development and now after the completion of the International Decade for Disaster Reduction in the 90’s [and opposed by FEMA and the Bush 41 administration] it now appears that the UN is starting to figure it out. Too bad corruption and inefficiency on such a wide scale at the UN because they could really do some good. Is the war between Islam and Christendom about resources or religion? That might make a good research topic. I would argue that anything that has gone on for 1400 years must have many roots.

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