The World Conference on Disaster Reduction in Kobe, Japan, concluded on Saturday without agreement on clear targets for the reduction of deaths from natural disasters – or on funding – for the next decade. But the 168 nations involved did agree to establish national and local disaster reduction policies and to ensure a variety of support systems are in place for disaster detection, assessment and management. And the UN committed to improving relations between various groups, including non-government organisations and financial institutions, to help implement these policies. The “expected outcome” of the Hyogo Framework for Action, 2005-2015, is “the substantial reduction of disaster losses, in lives and in the social, economic and environmental assets of communities and countries”. Full Story
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