Drought is a bigger, more “insidious” problem for vulnerable farmers in Jamaica and the Caribbean than the more headline-grabbing disasters such as hurricanes.
When it comes to the whole “action agenda” on sustainable development, “reality is catching up” with governments which fail to think long-term.
The private sector has a key role in reducing disaster risk as part of a “collective” process involving all parts of society.
The “inseparable” rescue team of Kit Huffer and his canine companion Baillie, have become the conference celebrity couple everyone wants to meet in Montreal this week.
Schoolteachers have enough on their plate in the classroom, without being expected to be disaster risk managers too.
When it comes to preserving crops and agricultural livelihoods, “silent disasters” often go un-reported and can be more numerous and more destructive than hurricanes or floods.
The “specialized traditional ecological knowledge” of indigenous communities is important to effective disaster response, according to one mayor from the eastern Arctic, speaking at a UN regional conference on the issue.
There’s been “enormous progress” in reducing the risks associated with disasters throughout the world “but not nearly enough”.
A regional action plan for the Americas to reduce the risks posed by disaster will be at the top of the agenda in the Canadian city of Montreal this week, when a UN-led conference gets underway.
A popular UN-backed radio drama series is teaching people in Haiti how to stay alive when disasters hit, the producer of the show, Christina Guerin, has said.