Ban Ki-moon stresses importance of disaster risk reduction

The General Assembly discussing disaster risk reduction.
Picture: UN/Devra Berkowitz

In a thematic debate on disaster risk reduction, the United Nations General Assembly emphasized the importance of disaster risk reduction. The Assembly's president, Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, pointed out that disaster risk reduction must be incorporated in all development strategies, noting that the risk of losing wealth to natural disasters is outpacing wealth creation.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed the relevance of disaster risk reduction to achieving sustainable development: “When we reduce disaster risk, we increase our chances of achieving the Millennium Development Goals [MDGs] and building a truly sustainable world for all.”