UNITED NATIONS REPORT SEES NEED FOR GOVERNMENTS & INDIVIDUALS TO GET MORE PROACTIVE IN CONSTRUCTION WHERE DISASTER-PRONE AREAS HAVE TO BE CONSIDERED

The United Nations System for Barbados and the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), through the leadership of the United Nations Development Programme for Barbados and the OECS, and in partnership with the UN International Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), CDEMA and the Florida International University’s Disaster Risk Reduction Programme, just concluded its Barbados launch and technical discussion of the United Nations Global Assessment Report 2011 on Disaster Risk Reduction (GAR 2011).

The executive summary of the report can be accessed via: http://bit.ly/l6XNfi

The GAR 11, entitled Revealing Risk, Redefining Development, was globally launched at the Third Session of the Global Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction, which was held in Geneva from 8-13 May.

Ms. Michelle Gyles-McDonnough (L), UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative, Mr. Andrew Maskrey (R), Coordinator, Global Assessment Report 11 , UNISDR, a representative from Florida International University and CDEMA

The Global Assessment Report (GAR) is a major initiative of the UNISDR that contributes to the achievement of the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) through monitoring risk patterns and trends and progress in disaster risk reduction, while providing strategic policy guidance to countries and the international community.

The objective of the GAR is to increase political and economic commitment to risk reduction, as well as the effectiveness of risk reduction policy and strategies.

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