This point-by-point report of the UN Secretary-General on the implementation of the Millennium Declaration encompasses natural disasters in the "other priorities for global action". It calls for more determined efforts to address the loss of lives, livelihoods and infrastructure in order to avoid disasters to become an increasingly serious obstacle to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals; and stresses for the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015, which identifies strategic objectives and priority areas to reduce disaster risk in the next 10 years. It also endorses the establishment of a regional tsunami early warning system by the United Nations and others following the Indian Ocean tsunami; and advocates for a complementary worldwide early warning system for all natural hazards, which would include broader disaster preparedness and mitigation initiatives against storms, floods, droughts, landslides, heat waves and volcanic eruptions on the basis of a survey of existing capacities and gaps coordinated by the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction secretariat.
The overall document reports comprehensively on the implementation of the United Nations Millennium Declaration, which calls world leaders for a global partnership for development to achieve agreed goals and make measurable progress towards peace, security, disarmament, human rights, democracy and good governance by 2015.
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