Disaster Reduction As a Central Element
of Government Policy
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As the International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction comes to a close, various meetings and an Internet conference occurred around the world to reflect on the efforts of the past several years and to look ahead to the next decade, century, and beyond. To assist with this effort, the EIIP Virtual Forum was honored to feature Philippe Boullé, Director of the UN IDNDR Secretariat.
Mr. Boullé addressed the theme of "Disaster Reduction as a Central Element of Government Policy." He stressed that the growing interdependence and complexity of relations between nations of the world means that disasters in fact affect directly or indirectly all countries. Each government must therefore take the threat of natural hazards seriously, even if it relates to other countries, and understand what it means for their own economy and their future.
Disasters cost more and more to our societies --- more than $80 billion/year on average since 1990. Disasters have become socio-economic events, natural hazards that trigger them being only the start of a process, not the process itself. Therefore, for purely economic reasons in an interdependent world, all governments have to consider disaster reduction as an important element of government policy.
PHILIPPE L. BOULLÉ
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