Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction 2015
Making development sustainable: The future of disaster risk management

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The fourth edition of the United Nations Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction is being issued at a pivotal moment for the future of development.
In 2015, the global community is aiming to adopt an ambitious set of sustainable development goals and a meaningful, universal agreement on climate change. Disaster risk reduction can play an important role in advancing these agendas through its close links with poverty reduction, sustainable growth and shared prosperity.
As we prepare for the third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan, it is crucial to understand and act upon the messages of this report. Many countries continue to face large potential losses from disasters – especially
those which can least afford to invest in future resilience. Global models suggest that the risk of economic losses is rising as a result of the rapidly increasing value of the assets that are exposed to major hazards. In addition, a large proportion of losses continue to be associated with small and recurring disaster events that severely damage critical public infrastructure, housing and production – key pillars of growth and development in low and middle-income countries.
Governments, civil society and the private sector have the opportunity and obligation to work together to commit to a safer future. A more inclusive and ambitious framework for disaster risk reduction is crucial to our efforts to build a better world for all. Together, let us ensure that development is resilient and sustainable.
Ban Ki-moon Secretary-General of the United Nations
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