10.10.2013 - UNESCO Office in Brasilia

International Day for Disaster Reduction - a constant reminder of our vulnerability to natural hazards

Message from Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO on the occasion of International Day for Disaster Reduction - Living with Disability and Disasters - 13 October 2013.

We know that disasters are increasing in frequency, complexity, scope and destructive capacity. We know also that, while we cannot stop disasters, we can do more to prevent and mitigate their impact.

This means thinking over the long term. Early warning systems and humanitarian efforts remain essential – but we must focus also on underlying vulnerabilities and risks in order to deepen resilience.

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