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Role Of Women, Health And Communications Systems Discussed At Disaster Risk Reduction Conference

U.N. News Centre: Sendai: Critical role of women in building disaster resilience focus of event at U.N. conference
“Spotlighting the positive actions of women in planning and decision-making to make their communities safer before, during, and after disasters strike, senior United Nations, government, and civil society representatives [Saturday] emphasized that risk reduction efforts can never be fully effective or sustainable if the needs and voices of women are ignored…” (3/14).

U.N. News Centre: ‘Health at very center of disaster risk reduction,’ say U.N. agency officials in Sendai
“The Ebola outbreak in West Africa, powerful storms in the Asia-Pacific region, and ongoing conflicts in Syria and elsewhere are all stark reminders that health and stronger health system capacities must be central to the new framework for managing disaster risk currently being discussed in Sendai, Japan, senior United Nations health agency officials emphasized [Sunday]…” (3/15).

U.N. News Centre: Sendai: Early warning saves lives, but communities need targeted, useful information
“When disaster strikes, the surest way to save more lives is to get targeted, practical information quickly out to communities, United Nations experts told delegations gathered in Sendai, Japan, but stressed that even the most technically impressive systems ‘are useless’ if people are not reached or do not understand the warning…” (3/16).

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