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In Japan, UN chief urges global solidarity to strengthen disaster resilience, boost development

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses the Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses the Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

With global leaders gathered in Sendai, Japan, to agree a new framework for managing disaster risk which will reduce mortality and curb economic losses, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today declared that responding to the world’s growing needs requires empowering individuals, supporting communities and backing promises with resources. “True resilience comes from strong bonds among countries and communities. The UN is committed to strengthening these bonds with a unified Plan of Action,” said Mr. Ban in opening remarks to the Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction…

 

Cyclone Pam: Why Japan is a leader in disaster relief

As the island nation of Vanuatu struggles in the wake of Cyclone Pam, global leaders are meeting in Japan for a U.N. conference on disaster prevention. Japan pledged $4 billion in disaster aid over the next four years. Japan has pledged to provide $4 billion over the next four years to reduce the number and the suffering of disaster victims worldwide…

 

‘Disaster management should become a people’s movement’

The Centre has signed an agreement with World Bank for a financial assistance of Rs. 1,480 crore for implementation of Coastal Disaster Risk Reduction Project (CDRRP) over a period of five years from 2013 to 2018, said T.S. Sridhar, Additional Chief Secretary and Commissioner of Revenue Administration, Disaster Management and Mitigation, here on Friday…

 

Water resilience will be key to agri-food sector’s future

The Water for Agriculture Special Interest Group meeting at the The Boathouse Business Centre brought together researchers, processors, growers and utility companies. As a limited and finite resource, delegates were told that future water supplies would be affected by climate change – predicted to bring drier summers and wetter winters – and an ever-increasing demand for food…

 

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