15 January 2014
'Disaster risk reduction should not be seen only as an imperative to protecting investments in development, but also as an opportunity for a transformative shift towards resilient development.' This statement from disaster-prone Bangladesh was one of several calls from governments for disaster and climate risk considerations...
With disaster risk increasing globally due to increasing vulnerability to natural hazards, it has become obvious that the MDGs will require a risk-sensitive approach to ensure their accelerated achievement and sustainability.
The GAR is a biennial global assessment of disaster risk reduction and comprehensive review and analysis of the natural hazards that are affecting humanity. It aims to help focus international attention on the problem and need to address disaster risk and consolidate political and economic support to disaster risk reduction.
Disaster risk reduction is an integral part of sustainable development and therefore an important element for the achievement of the MDGs.