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UN launches report on disaster risk reduction

  • Niken Prathivi

    The Jakarta Post

Sanur, Bali   /   Tue, May 19 2009   /  02:51 pm

A recent UN study, titled The 2009 Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction, was launched regionally in Bali on Monday, identifying unplanned urban development, vulnerable livelihoods, declining ecosystems and climate change as drivers for exposing more people to rising natural hazard impacts. The global launch by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was conducted earlier in Bahrain on Sunday. In the report's foreword, Ban said floods, droughts, storms, earthquakes, fires and other events, when combined with increasing urbanization, poor urban governance, vulnerable rural livelihoods and the decline of ecosystems, could lead to massive human misery and crippling economic losses. The risks posed by climate change and rising sea levels carry added grave implications for how humans live in the future, the report read. "While we cannot prevent natura...