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Nepal scrambles in the aftermath of quake


Mindful of Nepal's vulnerability to earthquakes and other natural hazards, the government in 2009 created the Nepal Risk Reduction Consortium (NRRC). Annual spending on disaster risk reduction grew from barely US$8 million a decade ago to US$40 million in 2013. As it improves Nepal's preparedness, the NRRC focus demonstrates the scale of the challenges, notably due to unplanned urbanization and a failure to respect building codes, and the extent of the work still to be done...

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    Martin Sajdik, the President of the Economic and Social Council said, 'As a 'least developed country', Nepal can ill afford these setbacks on its path to sustainable development.' He stressed that the tragedy in Nepal underlined the need to make disaster risk reduction a critical component of the post-2015 development agenda. 'The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 stressed that: 'It is urgent and critical to anticipate, plan for and reduce disaster risk in order to more effectively protect persons, communities and countries,''...

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    The country is regarded as a world leader in confronting disaster risk, with the NRRC providing a model for uniting partners with the government to reduce vulnerability. NRRC has made strides in retrofitting schools and hospitals to make them earthquake-resistant, as well as creating local-level disaster preparedness and response plans. However, Nepal's Minister of Foreign Affairs Mahendra Bahadur Pandey had voiced his concern over the impact of a major earthquake only last month when he addressed the 3rd UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan...

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Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030

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