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Disaster conference ends without global targets

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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