SDGs won't be reached without curbing damaging disaster effects

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Robert Glasser, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction. UN Photo/Mark Garten (file)

It will be impossible to reach the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) unless the world does more to curb the damaging effects of natural and other disasters.

That's the firm view of the man leading the UN Disaster Risk Reduction effort, UNISDR, Robert Glasser.

The UNISDR chief is adamant that there's a connection also between climate change and the kind of hurricane activity that saw whole island economies in the Caribbean wiped out in recent weeks.

Mr Glasser was at UN Headquarters during the General Debate at the start of the new General Assembly session.

He told Maoqi Li what his office was doing ahead of the upcoming International Day For Disaster Reduction, on 13 October.

Duration: 5'12"

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