Importance of inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction
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Valerie Scherrer, director of CBM Emergency Response Unit, explains the outcomes of the UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) in Sendai, Japan, March 2015.
Building a safer world for all
Can you give us some background as to why the conference in Japan was so important to disability-inclusive disaster risk reduction?
- The first one is that Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) itself needs to be embedded into development and the post 2015 framework and we can’t have that without disability inclusion.
- The second side: there has been lots of movement and positive support in promoting the need for disability inclusive DRR. The movement for disability inclusive DRR has a lot of allies. For example, the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction and Margareta Wahlström (Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction) are very keen to ensure disability-inclusive DRR. This is very important to us as if you look at the different countries CBM works in; persons with disabilities are at high risk of disaster, and so if they are included into DRR and preparedness then they can participate in the response.