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Collecting, Using Data On Disaster-Related Losses Will Allow Countries To Better Manage Risk

Thomson Reuters Foundation: To prevent disasters, you must count your losses
Mami Mizutori, U.N. special representative of the secretary general for disaster risk reduction and head of the U.N. Office for Disaster Risk Reduction

“…This month will see that work begin to bear fruit as countries start to use the online tool, the Sendai Framework Monitor, to report on their disaster losses in 2017 including mortality, numbers of people affected, economic losses, and damage to critical infrastructure. … From this work, a clear picture will start to emerge of the strategic challenges facing many countries at the local level in addressing the risk of both extreme and small-scale recurring events which destroy their ability to lift themselves out of poverty. … A more complete understanding of where and when these disaster losses are occurring will equip national and local governments with the insight necessary to meet another Sendai Framework target, which is to have a substantial increase in the number of countries with national and local disaster risk reduction strategies by 2020…” (3/6).

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