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Jakarta Post

UN-modeled simulation helps youths understand disaster

  • Elly Burhaini Faizal

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, October 31 2012   /  09:25 am

With nearly 40 percent of the population living in disaster-prone areas across the country, efforts to reduce dangers must involve all of the Indonesian people.

“It is not easy for the government to reduce disaster risks that potentially affect 90 million people in the country,” National Agency of Disaster Management (BNPB) deputy for emergency response Dody Ruswandi said in Jakarta on Monday.

Dody was speaking during a Model United Nations simulation (MUN) event on disaster management, held by the US Embassy and the Indonesian Student Association for International Studies (ISAFIS) at @america. The event was attended by 238 senior high schools and universities from throughout Jakarta.

The MUN simulation is one of the educational programs the US Agency for International Development (USAID) is currently working on. The program aims to help build a culture of safe...