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World Broadcasting Unions Put Disaster Resilience At Top Of Agenda

Heads of media and UN agencies met today in Geneva to discuss how public service media and worldwide print and radio media outlets can contribute to reducing disaster risk, saving lives and fulfilling their mandate to further the public good.

“Media outlets and global agencies play a critical role in alerting, informing and educating populations on disaster risk and we cannot afford to be dysfunctional at a time when this information is most needed,” said Mami Mizutori, Special Representative to the UN Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, calling for urgent actions to build more resilience against increasing weather related disasters and extreme events.

90% of disasters today are weather-related events affecting millions of people and their assets and having a devastating and long term impact on vulnerable populations.

The high-level session jointly organized by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction gathered together, for the first time, high-level representatives from the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the World Association of Community Radios (ARMAC), the World Association of Printed Newspapers and Magazines (WAN-IFRA), the Asia- Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) , the African Union of Broadcasting (AUB) and more than 20 media outlets throughout the world.

By Giacomo Mazzone, EBU – Read more here:

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