Disaster protection needn't cost billions: UN expert

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Robert Glasser, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction and head of UNISDR. Photo: UN Photo/Mark Garten

Natural disasters are a major brake on development but low-cost initiatives can counter the threat they pose.

That's according to senior UN official Robert Glasser, head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR).

His message comes ahead of the Fourth Central American Forum on Comprehensive Disaster Risk Management (PCGIR) in Panama beginning on Thursday.

Mr Glasser told Daniel Johnson that in addition to simple community-level solutions, Member States should put risk reduction in every area of policy to help fight poverty – a key Sustainable Development Goal (SDG).

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