Disaster risk reduction

'Result matters, isn’t it!'- World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction 2015

17 Mar 2015

Updates from World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR)Highlights of day 1a.       Third UN WCDRR 2015 has been officially opened today by the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon in Sendai, Japan. The Secretary-General told the 4,000 participants – including representatives of 186 governments - attending the opening day of the five day event: “You have made this the highest-level meeting on DRR in history. This is the first stop on our journey to a new future. DRR advances progress on sustainable development and climate change.” He added, we can watch that number grow as more people suffer. Or we can dramatically lower that figure and invest the savings in development. Six billion dollars allocated each year can result in savings of up to US$360 billion by 2030. Among other dignitaries, His Majesty the emperor and Her Majesty the empress of Japan attended to grace the opening ceremony. The Japanese Prime Minister, Mr. Shinzo Abe, also spoke in the opening session.b.      His Excellency Mr. Abe, today pledged $US 4 billion to support implementation of the “Sendai Cooperation Initiative for Disaster Risk Reduction” over the next four years. The package will focus on the development of disaster-proof infrastructure, … Read more

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