Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Stresses that Climate Change Increases Frequency of Disasters

John Holmes, Under Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator

7 October 2008: On the eve of International Day for Disaster

Reduction, during a news conference in New York, US, UN Under-Secretary-General

for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes

underlined the cost-effectiveness of reinforcing hospitals to make them safe

from disasters. He explained that the Day aims to raise awareness of the

inter-connection between disaster reduction and climate change prevention,

mitigation and preparedness.

He recalled that the UN Secretary-General had made

disaster reduction a priority and had recently held a ministerial meeting on

the links between disaster risk reduction and climate change, where agreement

was reached on the need to incorporate disaster-risk reduction into the climate

change agenda. He called for the climate negotiations in December 2008 in

Poznan, Poland, to emphasize risk reduction. [The Press Conference]