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International Day for Disaster Reduction: Promote best practices to reduce disaster risk and losses
Across the world, the International Day for Disaster Reduction is being observed today on October 13 to promote a global culture of risk-awareness and disaster reduction.

This year's observance aims to highlight the need for Member States to improve data collection on disasters, including comprehensive accounting of economic losses.

The observance is also meant to highlight the efforts of people and communities around the world in reducing their exposure to disasters and raising awareness about the importance of reining in the risks that they face.

"Reducing the economic losses from disasters has the power to transform lives and contribute greatly to the eradication of poverty. As we mark the International Day for Disaster Reduction, let us reaffirm our commitment to this vital endeavour," stated the UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, in his released message while stressing the need for creating awareness about actions taken to reduce mortality and promote best practices at the international, regional and national level across all sectors, to reduce disaster risk and disaster losses.

He noticed, "This year's International Day for Disaster Reduction falls shortly after a devastating earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia showed yet again the urgency of resilience and risk-awareness. Disasters have a steep human cost.  Millions of people are displaced every year, losing their homes and jobs because of extreme weather events and earthquakes."

He urged the need for a better understanding of the economic losses from extreme weather events can help to generate greater action on climate change and increased ambition on reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

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