"Whole of society" needs to engage in disaster reduction

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Opening Ceremony of the First Meeting of Ministers and High Level Authorities on the Implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas 2015-2030. UN Radio/Carla Garcia

The "whole of society" needs to engage in the issue of disaster risk reduction if it is to be a success, the head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) has said.

Robert Glasser was speaking in Asuncion, the capital of Paraguay as ministers and delegates from across the Americas gathered to discuss how to implement an international agreement to reduce the number of deaths from natural disasters in the region.

Daniel Dickinson reports from Asuncion.

The Paraguayan national anthem played as delegates gathered to discuss the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas.

The region has been beset by an increasing number of natural disasters including earthquakes, hurricanes, volcanic activity and drought and flooding brought on by the El Nino weather phenomenon.

The UNISDR chief, Robert Glasser, said a multifaceted approach was needed to tackle disaster reduction, also known as DRR.

“In addition to reducing economic losses, reducing social vulnerabilities remains a very important pillar of the DRR agenda as well. We therefore need to demonstrate an inclusive, people-centered approach, which engages the whole of society and all sectors if we are to achieve the necessary results. We are united here today by a common purpose, which is to make the world a safer and more resilient place for future generations.”

The Sendai Framework focuses on both natural and man-made catasprophes and is the global blueprint for the mitigation of disasters.

It is considered a key driver of poverty eradication and an important part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development which was agreed by world leaders last year.

Daniel Dickinson, for the United Nations in Asuncion, Paraguay. 

Duration: 1’29”

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