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Sustainable Development & DRR

Development goals at stake in new UN disaster risk deal

23 January 2015

'Without reducing disaster risk what they are doing with sustainable development will continually be under threat,' Margareta Wahlström, head of the UN office for disaster risk reduction (UNISDR), told RTCC. 'If we get things right and if there is a commitment in the climate negotiations to deal with climate risk – if member states are now discussing on the SDGs, where disaster risk is one of the target in several of the goals – if we can keep these together at that level then I think we will have sufficient broad use of financing for disaster risk reduction'...



With disaster risk increasing globally due to increasing vulnerability to natural hazards, it has become obvious that the SDGs will require a risk-sensitive approach to ensure their accelerated achievement and sustainability.

Disaster risk reduction is an integral part of sustainable development and therefore an important element for the achievement of the MDGs.