A selection of New York-relevant speeches and remarks by the UN Secretary-General and others on disaster risk reduction and resilience
There is no starker, more poignant illustration of the importance of disaster risk reduction than tsunamis
At a reception on 29 March 2016 to mark the First Anniversary of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and to announce November 5 as World Tsunami Awareness Day, UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson highlighted investments in early warning systems, shelters, urban planning, building codes and a well-informed population can save many thousands of lives and much-needed resources.
Reducing disaster risk dominated last year’s political achievements and we must deliver on their promises.
On May 24, 2016, the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon moderated the High-Level Roundtable on Natural Disasters and Climate Change at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul. In his opening remarks he highlighted the impact of climate change, urbanization and other factors that increase the frequency and intensity of disasters.
After Sandy, response and DRR to go together for a stronger future
On November 9, 2012, in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon reassured the General Assembly of the UN’s commitment to working closely with national authorities, donors and emergency organizations to ensure the strongest possible support for national efforts to see to their needs today and to strengthen disaster risk reduction for the future.
The Sahel needs regional mechanisms for DRR, says UN Secretary-General
At the High-Level Meeting on the Sahel on September 26, 2012, the UN Secretary-General commented on the UN’s work in developing an Integrated Regional Strategy to address the Sahel’s vulnerabilities. He mentioned that the strategy will seek to strengthen the short- and long-term ability of communities to cope with extreme climatic conditions by building regional mechanisms for early warning, disaster risk reduction, livelihood support, and social protection.
Japan’s leadership on DRR lauded by Ban Ki-Moon
On 8 July 2012, at the National Press Club in Japan, Ban Ki-Moon said that Japan’s resilience in the wake of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake continued to inspire. Japan’s initiative of actively sharing lessons learned in nuclear safety and risk reduction measures have greatly benefited the international community.
Local leadership is key to DRR
On the Cities Leadership Day on June 21, 2012, the UN Secretary-General addressed mayors and local governments, reminding them that their leadership and engagement will be central to delivering results that defeat poverty, protect the natural environment and improve disaster risk reduction.
UN Secretary-General espouses integrated approach to sustainability
In his remarks to Mayors and Regional Authorities on April 23, 2012, the UN Secretary-General pointed out the benefits of an integrated approach to sustainable development. He said 'Energy, water, food, biodiversity, climate change adaptation, exposure to natural hazards, consumption and production patterns, social protection floors and jobs, especially for young people -- these are all closely linked. Our challenge is to connect the dots, so that advances on one can generate progress on others.'
Ban Ki-moon says prevention is an imperative
On March 21, 2012, while addressing the Jakarta International Defense Dialogue: "The United Nations and global security: collaboration and partnership", the UN Secretary-General pointed to the need for resilience to all shocks, be they economic, conflict-related or from disasters. He pointed to the need for a culture of prevention as an imperative for the next five years. Prevention, he said, means proactive early action, and is as applicable to conflict as it is to disasters. He espoused the important of resilience - from social safety nets to legal protection to disaster risk reduction plans.
Ban Ki-moon thanks President Yudhoyono for his role as DRR Global Champion
On March 20, 2012, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon held a joint press conference with President Yudhoyono of Indonesia. Appreciating Indonesia’s active engagement with the United Nations, the Secretary-General also recognized President Yudhoyono’s role as the First Global Champion (hyperlink to Champions page) for Disaster Risk Reduction and his plans to Chair the Fifth Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in October 2012 (which served as the Regional Platform on DRR for Asia).