UN calls to prepare for an increase in natural disasters

Climate change has led to the need for revision of the Kyoto Treaty.
Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Disaster Risk Reduction Margareta Wahlström said that the government should be more carefully planned actions in the light of increased threat of natural disasters, especially in relation to climate change. Wallström, manage the operation of the UN Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR), said in an interview with "Voice of America", which Asian governments need to improve the institutions that perform functions related to disaster preparedness and response, and more carefully plan of action that can be taken in the event of natural disasters.
In South-East Asia by not stopping since June floods affected nearly 20 million people. Killed more than one thousand people. Only Thailand flood affected about 13 million people. Perhaps these floods — the strongest in the last 50 years.
"This year the scale of the disaster and their economic and humanitarian consequences of extremely high. Therefore, governments, companies and organizations like ours, you need to plan the actions that can be taken in such cases, to invest sufficient resources and inform the public, "- says Wallström.
She also said that governments need to develop a more thought-out strategy for emergencies.
In Thailand, the central government and the authorities in Bangkok have been heavily criticized for failing to ensure proper coordination of flood relief. In this regard, the central government not only have legal problems, Parliament debated question of a vote of no confidence.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) — the structure of the UN membership — recently asked the governments to be prepared to call in more frequent and dangerous natural disasters related to climate change. Such emergencies may result in losses, measured in billions of dollars, causing huge damage to the economy. In addition, millions of people could be affected.
Wallström said that the Asia-Pacific region, the coastal cities are particularly vulnerable to a sudden rise in the level of the plague, the main task is to improve urban planning.
Based on his 30 years of experience in the field of disaster management, Wallstrom said that in many cases it inspires resistance that people are in similar situations.
Wahlstrom his statement on the eve of a UN conference on climate change to be held this week in Durban South Africa. This international forum will be attended by over 10,000 people in more than 190 countries. The purpose of the conference — to take a new global agreement, instead of the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, which expires in December 2012.

Ron Corben

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