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UN Secretary-General: Climate Change Increases Urgency to Implement Hyogo Framework

Ban Ki-Moon. The Secretary-General of United Nations Message on the International Day for Disaster Reduction 8 October 2008: On the occasion of the International Day for

Disaster Reduction, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noted the greater

incidence of disasters in 2008 and called for increased action to “turn

commitments on paper into deeds” and implement the 2005 Hyogo Framework for

Action.

He stressed the need to incorporate disaster risk reduction into efforts

to achieve the Millennium Development Goals. Ban added that climate change

increases the urgency to act, particularly in the world's poorest and most

vulnerable communities. He urged all stakeholders to step up implementation of

the Hyogo Framework in order to reduce vulnerability and protect development. [The

Message]