Leaders in Rio+20 call to act urgently in Disaster Risk Reduction
Rio de Janeiro, June 22, 2012 – The largest UN summit closed with an urgent call to «States, United Nations system, international financial institutions, sub regional, regional and international civil society, to accelerate the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA, 2005-2015) and the achievement of its objectives» in terms of increased the resilience of nations and communities to disasters.
Against a backdrop of 1.3 million deaths, 4.4 billion people affected and $2 trillion in economic losses from disasters since the 1992, during Rio Earth Summit, Heads of State and high-level representatives urged to address «the disaster risk reduction and building of resilience to disasters with a renewed sense of urgency in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication.»
Ricardo Mena, Head of the UNISDR Regional Office for the Americas -based in City of Knowledge-, present at Rio +20, said that hand in hand with the Global Campaign «Building Resilient Cities: My city is getting ready!» More than 1,000 cities in the world have pledged to reduce disaster risk at the local level to complement national efforts; highlighting the so-called «Model Cities» as North Vancouver, Canada; D.F, México and Santa Fe, Argentina to name a few .
The Global Campaign «Making Cities Resilient: My City is Getting Ready!«, is coordinated by UNISDR in collaboration with regional partners and agencies of the UN such as UNDP, UN-HABITAT, WHO, UNICEF and the World Bank and between other objectives, promote the integration of Disaster Risk Reduction and Adaptation to Climate Change in the development plans of local governments.