U.N. Disaster Summit to Seek Support for Developing Countries

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U.N. Disaster Summit to Seek Support for Developing Countries


Having developed nations provide financial and technical support for developing nations will be one of the key goals in new guidelines to be adopted at the third U.N. World Conference in Disaster Risk Reduction to be held in Sendai from March 14, it has been learned.

At the conference, "seven global goals" will be set in the new international guidelines on natural disaster prevention, according to a draft outline. They include decreasing the death rate and number of victims of disasters by 2030 compared to the number from 2005 to 2015. Another goal is to give more assistance to developing countries, according to sources.

The draft guidelines are expected to be adopted on March 18, the last day of the conference. They will be the successor to the Hyogo Framework for Action, the guidelines adopted by the second conference held in Kobe in 2005.

The draft guidelines comprise six chapters. The first chapter says that natural disasters were responsible for about 700,000 deaths and economic damage estimated at about 1.3 trillion dollars in the 10 years from 2005, the sources said.

The second chapter includes the seven global goals, and discusses reducing human and economic losses and decreasing the damage wrought on hospitals and schools by 2030. …

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