Disaster planning should be cross-sectoral: PGA

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John Ashe, President of the 68th session of the General Assembly

Disasters affect all sectors and disaster planning must also be cross-sectoral and multidisciplinary, if it is to be truly impactful and effective.

That's what the President of the 68th session of the UN General Assembly Dr. John Ashe told a World Habitat Day High-level meeting: Resilient Design for Sustainable Urbanization: Sustainable Urban Mobility.

He said disaster planning should also be undertaken at all levels: from individuals making plans to evacuate their families and protect their property to local government planning sustainable and resilient cities; from countries devising national disaster reduction plans to the international community incorporating disaster reduction and resilience into the post-2015 development agenda.

” For far too long, the international community has worked in silos: humanitarian action, poverty eradication, environmental protection, and disaster reduction were dealt with separately. To build resilient cities, serviced by sustainable transport, we must recognize the interconnectedness of all these dimensions and pull together knowledge, skills and best practices from different areas of expertise.”

General Assembly President John Ashe said disaster preparedness is a global effort that should involve multiple stakeholders including governments, international, regional and local organizations, the private sector and civil society. We should involve architects and engineers, educators and entrepreneurs, communities and youth to address the challenges of disaster preparedness and resilience, he added.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

Duration: 1’36″

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