20th session of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change - address by Salvano Briceno, Director, UNISDR

In his report to the General Assembly of the United Nations (A/58/277), the Secretary-General noted a very serious concern in the substantial increase in the impact of weather related disasters over the past three decades. The consensus view of the disaster risk reduction professionals indicates that it is predominantly the vulnerability of societies to hazards that is the cause of this increase. It is widely recognized that that many countries are rapidly accumulating large latent risk burdens through growing populations in hazardous situations, poor environmental management and the creation of new social and economic vulnerabilities.
The United Nations General Assembly requested UNISDR to facilitate the development of a post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction The United Nations General Assembly requested UNISDR to facilitate the development of a post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction.
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