UN / DISASTER RISK REDUCTION

26-Apr-2022 00:01:52
Mami Mizutori, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction and head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR), said, “human decisions are the largest contributors to disaster risk, and we have the power to stop disasters from devastating.” UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 26 APRIL 2022, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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RECENT – NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior, United Nations

26 APRIL 2022, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Haq and Mizutori walking to the podium, press room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Mami Mizutori, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction. United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR):
“The world is experiencing a growing number of disasters, many of which are exacerbated by climate change. By 2030 the global number of disasters per year is expected to hit around 560 per year. That means one and a half medium to large scale disasters per day somewhere occurring in the world. These disasters kill and displace people costing an average of $170 billion a year, which has doubled over the past three decades.”
4. Wide shot, journalists, press room
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Mami Mizutori, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction. United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR):
“First, development and financial sectors need to measure and account for the real cost of disaster and climate risk. Beyond what is the direct economic loss, and they need to understand how disasters impact people’s planet and prosperity. Second, policymakers need to design systems which factor in how human minds tend to make biased and short-term decisions about potential risk based on optimism, underestimation, and invincibility.”
6. Wide shot, Haq, Mizutori, press room
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Mami Mizutori, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction. United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR):
“The third is that we need to reconfigure governance and financial systems to work across silos and design policies, plans, and actions in consultation with the people most affected, not only for them.”
8. Wide shot, Haq, Mizutori, press room
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Mami Mizutori, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction. United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR):
“We firmly believe that human decisions are the largest contributors to disaster risk, and we have the power to stop disasters from devastating. That is the good news.”
10. Wide shot, Haq, Mizutori leaving the podium, press room
STORYLINE
Mami Mizutori, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction and head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR), said, “human decisions are the largest contributors to disaster risk, and we have the power to stop disasters from devastating.”

Briefing reporters today (26 Apr) on the UNDRR's Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction 2022, Mizutori said that the world is experiencing a growing number of disasters, many of which are exacerbated by climate change.

“By 2030,” she added, “the global number of disasters per year is expected to hit around 560 per year. That means one and a half medium to large scale disasters per day somewhere occurring in the world. These disasters kill and displace people costing an average of $170 billion a year, which has doubled over the past three decades.”

According to the Special Representative, devastating disaster risk does not have to be a future, and the spiral can be stopped.

Three main structural and behavioral issues to make a difference are identified in the report.

“First, development and financial sectors need to measure and account for the real cost of disaster and climate risk. Beyond what is the direct economic loss, and they need to understand how disasters impact people’s planet and prosperity,” said Mizutori.

She continued, “Second, policymakers need to design systems which factor in how human minds tend to make biased and short-term decisions about potential risk based on optimism, underestimation, and invincibility.”

She concluded, “The third is that we need to reconfigure governance and financial systems to work across silos and design policies, plans, and actions in consultation with the people most affected, not only for them.”

The 2022 Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction sets out how human activity is directly responsible for a growing number of disasters worldwide, putting humanity on a spiral of self-destruction. It also reviews the impact of disaster risk reduction and the extent to which risk is underestimated, putting global social and economic gains in danger.
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