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Costa Rica: 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 Costa Rica, stating that it is necessary to establish a way forward for sustainable development, and that disaster risk reduction must be discussed with sustainable development. Issues addressed: (i) the enormous sum of money necessary for reconstruction and rehabilitation after a natural disaster; (ii) how Central America ranks as the most vulnerable region to natural disasters in the Americas, which presses the countries' public finances and results in huge economic losses; (iii) how the agriculture sector is severely affected by each natural disaster; (iv) how the poor social sectors are the most vulnerable to natural disasters; and (v) the adoption of a consensus which calls for continued cooperation with the Americas region in the construction of national and regional risk reduction strategies.

The statement emphasizes Costa Rica's continued effort to advance the design and implementation of public policies for prevention and relief, and to mitigate climate change.

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Keywords

  • Themes:Capacity Development, Climate Change, Disaster Risk Management, Economics of DRR, Food Security & Agriculture, Recovery, Social Impacts & Resilience
  • Countries/Regions:Costa Rica

  • Short URL:http://preventionweb.net/go/26341

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