Resident Coordinator’s Message for International Day of Disaster Reduction

Write on Monday, 23 October 2017 Published in Messages from the Resident Coordinator

I am honored to be with you today on the International Day of Disaster Reduction in solidarity with the sisters and brothers in the Caribbean who were affected by the devastating hurricanes in past weeks.   

“Home Safe Home” is the slogan for this year’s International Day for Disaster Reduction, following a year in which 24.2 million new displacements by disasters were recorded by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre. Over the last twenty years, over 1.35 million have died as a result of their vulnerability and exposure to natural hazards with women and girls bearing a heavy toll; and over four billion have been displaced and left homeless, injured or in need of emergency assistance.