The Informal Thematic Debate of the General Assembly on Disaster Risk Reduction aims to strengthen the understanding of how to reduce risk and exposure to disasters through effective investment policies and practices and sustainable urban management.
Given the fact that the urban population in developing countries has risen by 77 percent to nearly 2.6 billion people in the last decade, special focus will be placed on rapidly expanding urban areas, where risk, population and economic assets are concentrated.
Building on the High-level Plenary Meeting of the General Assembly on the MDGs (September 2010, New York), which acknowledged that disaster risk reduction and increasing resilience to natural hazards can accelerate the achievement of the MDGs, the thematic debate will underscore the linkages between disaster risk reduction, poverty eradication and sustainable development.
It is envisioned that these discussions and the President’s Summary of the thematic debate will help inform the third session of the biennial Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (Geneva, May 2011) and contribute to the substantive definition of priority actions and focus areas for the implementation of the HFA in its remaining four years.
The thematic debate will consist of two moderated panel discussions with high-level experts.
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