Evidence, experience and aspirations are the basis for Disaster Risk Reduction

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine

Reducing the risks of disasters should be based on evidence and experience and should ultimately lead to a more resilient world for future generations.

That's according to the United Nations Secretary-General who attended a Disaster Risk Reduction briefing in New York on Wednesday.

Disaster Risk Reduction aims to reduce the damage caused by natural hazards like earthquakes, floods, droughts and cyclones, through prevention.

The world has recently experienced a number of these—from Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar, severe earthquakes in Haiti and China, and Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

The Secretary-General said local communities are setting examples of building resilience.

“One Mayor in Nicaragua recently described how each family in her city has its own evacuation plan. Let us join forces, follow this wise example, and adopt a plan that will empower our world.” (0'16")

Mr Ban believes that disaster risk is closely tied to climate change.

He said one of his goals is to catalyze ambitious action to reduce emissions and strengthen climate resilience.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

Duration: 1’11″

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