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UN calls for quicker responses to reduce impacts of disasters

  • Musthofid

    The Jakarta Post

Geneva   /   Wed, May 11 2011   /  08:00 am

The UN reiterated calls on Tuesday for the world to respond quickly to current worldwide disasters and streamline efforts to tackle their inevitable impacts.

“In the midst of a crisis, there is space for reflection. Lives hang in the balance. Every minute counts. But there is much we can learn after the fact and there is much we can do to minimize the impact for the future,” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in his opening speech at a world reconstruction conference in Geneva, Switzerland, on Tuesday.

The World Reconstruction Conference, as part of the third session of the Global Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction, was held against the backdrop of March’s deadly earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

The Japanese tsunami, which brought with it the threat of a nuclear disaster at the Fukushima plant, was the latest in the series of major catastrophes over the yea...