Disaster Risk Reduction: Building more Resilient Societies

Mohammed Iqbal Omar, Secretary, General Assembly Second Committee B

Committee Background

"Disasters over the last two decades have cost humanity 1.35 million lives, $2.5 trillion and pushed 26 million people into the clutches of poverty. It was assessed that 1.5 billion people globally were affected by disasters between the years 2005 and 2015 despite internationally coordinated efforts to reduce the risks of disasters across the globe.“Disaster risk reduction” is defined as the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction as being “aimed at preventing new and reducing existing disaster risk and managing residual risk, all of which contribute to strengthening resilience and therefore to the achievement of sustainable development.” The international community’s biggest effort to effectively reduce disasters around the world came from the third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction wherein the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction was adopted. The Sendai framework sets out priorities for the international community to guide work and efforts towards disaster risk reduction globally."