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Margareta Wahlström, Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction
19 Nov 2012 - 

The importance of reducing exposure to disasters took on a personal hue for the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, Margareta Wahlström.

The envoy had been due to present Mr. Ban’s Report on the Implementation of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction to the UN General Assembly in the first week of November – but the destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy in the New York area, where UN Headquarters is located, put paid to that. .

Amidst the re-scheduling her briefing to the General Assembly, Ms. Wahlström was able to speak with the UN News Centre about the importance of local communities in disaster response, how countries’ attitudes on climate change have evolved over the past five years, and why women and girls should be encouraged to take more prominent roles when it comes to responding to natural disasters.

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