"Political guts" needed to invest in disaster prevention

Margareta Wahlstrom

Margareta Wahlstrom

Governments in developing countries need “political will and guts” to invest in disaster risk reduction or DRR programs; that’s according to a senior UN disaster prevention expert.  DRR programs aim to prepare countries for disasters and so save lives and money.  In 2010, 300,000 people died and a further 200 million were affected by natural disasters across the world. Many developing countries don’t have the money to invest in prevention measures.  Daniel Dickinson asked Margareta Wahlström, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Disaster Risk Reduction why preparedness is important.

Duration: 3’53″ [early out at 2'17" and 3'07"]

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