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STATEMENT ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE SPOKESPERSON FOR
THE PRESIDENT OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

New York, 21 March 2011

President of the General Assembly meets with Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction


The President of the General Assembly H.E. Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser has met with Ms. Margareta Wahlström, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction.

Ms. Wahlström briefed the President about the Arab Aid Consortium meeting that was held in Kuwait on 12 March. She also briefed President Al-Nasser on the photo exhibit organised for the evening under the theme: Saving the day after tomorrow: Accelerating sustainable development through disaster risk reduction.

The President of the General Assembly highlighted his choice of the subject of “Improving disaster prevention and response”, as one of the four main pillars for the 66th Session of the General Assembly. He highlighted the thematic debate on disaster risk reduction that he is planning for 12 April 2012.

Mr. Al-Nasser observed that the number of natural disasters has increased and the entire UN system would have to stay more active and more engaged on the issue.

 

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