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International Conference on Disaster Reduction

Almost one thousand representatives of civil society, governments and the business world will participate in the International Conference on Disaster Reduction in Davos (Switzerland) on 27 August to 1 September.
The Conference’s goal is to expand our understanding of what is needed to mainstream and integrate risk management across various fields. It will address a broad range of risks, including those relating to pandemics, terrorism, climate change and natural hazards. Risks of a technical, biological and chemical nature will also be addressed.

UNESCO has organized an exposition of educational material on disaster reduction that includes textbooks, maps, DVDs, CD-Roms and web material from over 48 countries. These materials aim to teach youth how to reduce the occurance of natural disasters or how to react when they take place.

The 2006 International Conference on Disaster Reduction is jointly organized by UNESCO, the Global Alliance for Disaster Reduction (GADR), Global Disaster Information Network (GDIN), and the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR). It follows up on a previous United Nations Conference held in Kobé (Japan) in 2005.

UNESCO is committed to working towards natural disaster reduction. Recent activities include the launching of a programme "Disaster Risk Reduction Begins at School" on 15 June and the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the International Consortium on Landslides, an NGO that promotes landslide research and capacity building, on 22 August.

Official Conference Website

UNESCO and Natural Disaster Reduction

Global disaster reduction education campaign
UNESCO launches “Disaster Risk Reduction Begins at School" (Media Advisory No.2006-36)

Photo: © UNESCO/Derek Elias
UNDAC and UNESCO Bangkok teams visiting Baan Khem (Thailand), one of the hardest hit villages during the tsunami of 26 December 2004.
Publication Date 25-08-2006 6:00 am
Publication Date 25-08-2006 6:00 am
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