Aid has saved lives and increased protection for civilians trapped in conflict, according to a Professor at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva.
“Resisting human nature” is necessary to plan for and reduce the risk of disasters.
That’s according to Robert Glasser, head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, UNISDR.
The people of St Vincent & the Grenadines are “resilient” to disasters but need international support to ensure that damage caused by natural catastrophes is kept to a minimum.
Efforts are underway by the UN to drastically reduce the number of people who are affected by natural and man-made disasters from the 100 million who suffered last year.
Those people include more than 50 million who faced drought.
More women than men died during the Indian Ocean Tsunami and Cyclone Gorki in Bangladesh, UN human rights monitors have heard.