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    UN cites RP disaster thrust

    By: Cristina Lee-Pisco
    THE Philippines was among five countries cited by the United Nations that have implemented policies to effectively deal with natural disasters.

    United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at the same time urged the member-states of the organization to join together and boost efforts that will minimize the ill-effects of natural disasters amidst the changes in climate that the world is now experiencing.

    “Without concerted action, we could see natural catastrophes on an unprecedented scale, which could even become threats to international security and inter-State relations,” Ban told the ministerial meeting on reducing disaster risks in a changing climate held at United Nations Headquarters in New York.

    He noted that in the last few weeks alone, massive flooding hit northern India and tropical storms Gustav, Hanna and Ike caused extensive damage in the Gulf of Mexico, affecting millions of people.

    But prudent policies and well-informed community action, such as improved river management, early warning and evacuation, food security, wise land-use planning and the enforcement of sound building codes, can save lives and avert damage, the UN said on its website.

    “The good news is that a natural hazard does not automatically have to lead to a disaster,” Ban said.

    “Countries such as Bangladesh, Cuba, Jamaica, Madagascar and the Philippines have shown that good building designs, proper land-use planning, public education, community preparedness and effective early warning systems can reduce the impact of severe weather events.”

    He noted that four years have passed since the adoption in 2005 of the Hyogo Framework for Action, a 10-year plan to tackle natural hazards, and that many States had made good progress in integrating risk reduction into national development plans and poverty reduction strategies
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    http://www.journal.com.ph/index.php?...ec=4&aid=74674
    Last edited by russpogi; October 4th, 2008 at 02:30 AM. Reason: added quotes, formated article...

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    Do not get me wrong,- I am happy with this citation. But, IMHO, we could have saved more lives....

    6808:frenchyf1:

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    Oooppsssss, double post again....

    6808:frenchyf1:
    Last edited by CVT; October 4th, 2008 at 10:48 AM.

UN cites RP disaster thrust