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UN Secretary-General Appoints Assistant Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction

 International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) 17 November 2008: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has

appointed Margareta Wahlström (Sweden) as Assistant Secretary-General for

Disaster Risk Reduction and the Secretary-General's Special Representative for

the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action in the Secretariat for the

International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR).

This new post was created

to step up action and international cooperation on disaster risk reduction in

light of the fact that climate change increases the number and intensity of

disasters worldwide. [UN Press Release]