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Pacific states: Statement to the United Nations 66th General Assembly thematic debate on disaster risk reduction

A statement by the United Nations General Assembly's permanent representative of Papua New Guinea on behalf of the Pacific States at the United Nations, stating the importance of disaster risk reduction for Pacific States. Issues addressed: (i) the limited human and financial resources available to Pacific States; (ii) the local level impact on communities and the economic impact on the countries due to natural disasters; (iii) the anticipated increase in exposure to natural disasters due to climate change and urbanisation; (iv) the vulnerability of small Pacific economies due to how the risk of losing wealth is now outstripping the rate at which wealth itself is created; (v) one of the most important elements in disaster risk management in preparing for earthquakes, tsunami, and cyclones is sound decision-making on public investments; and (vi) how the sustainability of fisheries, tourism, and agriculture is becoming increasingly reliant on efforts to reduce disaster risks, including through the strengthening early warning systems.

The statement emphasizes that any future framework for sustainable development needs to include a clear prescription and provide for the practical application of effective disaster and climate risk management to ensure development gains are maintained and enhanced.

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Keywords

  • Themes:Climate Change, Community-based DRR, Disaster Risk Management, Early Warning, Economics of DRR, Food Security & Agriculture, Social Impacts & Resilience
  • Hazards:Cyclone, Earthquake, Tsunami
  • Countries/Regions:Australia, Fiji, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Fed States of, Nauru, New Zealand, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu

  • Short URL:http://preventionweb.net/go/26335

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