There’s been “enormous progress” in reducing the risks associated with disasters throughout the world “but not nearly enough”.
That’s the passionate view of Robert Glasser, UN Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, and head of the UN agency dedicated to the issue, UNISDR.
He was speaking on the opening day of the Fifth Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas, which is taking place in Montreal, Canada.
The UN is supporting hosts Canada, as around 1,000 delegates meet to come up with a Regional Action Plan to satisfy the targets of the Sendai Framework; a 2015 global agreement aiming to reduce the loss of life and damage caused by disasters by 2030.
Mr Glasser told Matthew Wells the UN was playing a key role accelerating effective risk reduction strategies in the Americas and beyond.