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WORLD CONFERENCE ON DISASTER REDUCTION

Ten years after an earthquake killed nearly 6,500 people and injured 40,000 in 20 seconds in Kobe, Japan, 4,000 delegates from 150 countries have gathered at ground zero this week for a United Nations conference on disaster reduction, its deliberations given added urgency by nature's latest assault, the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami.

This Conference is a a milestone event to:

  • increase the international profile of disaster risk reduction

  • promote integration of disaster risk reduction into development planning and practice

  • strengthen local and national capacities to address the causes of disasters that continue to devastate and impede the development of many countries.

A set of specific goals, activities and policy measures for implementation 2005-2015 will be presented for consideration and adoption, drawing on a review of the past decades progress with the Yokohama Strategy and Plan of Action for a Safer World that was adopted at the first world conference on the subject held at Yokohama, May 1994, during the International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction (IDNDR)

For more information:

Conference 1st Dossier

Conference 2nd Dossier

International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction (13 October):

International Strategy for Disaster Reduction

Links and bibliography. UN Dag Hammarskjld Library

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With the support of
Bizkaiko Foru Aldundia / Diputación Foral de Bizkaia

Eusko Jaurlaritza / Gobierno Vasco