“Having strong laws in place can indeed save lives”: Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction reiterates the important role of law and regulation

Published: 9 June 2017 7:32 CET

Thousands of representatives from governments, civil society, and the humanitarian and development sectors gathered together in Cancun, Mexico, at the end of May for the Global Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction (GPDRR).  


The important role of law and regulation in reducing risks and saving lives was a recurrent theme throughout the Platform, including in a session run by the Senate of the Republic of Mexico and the Chamber of Deputies, with support from the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR). The session highlighted approaches that governments have developed to strengthen their legal frameworks for DRR, together with National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the IFRC.


A statement was delivered by the IFRC Regional Director for the Americas, Walter Cotte, who recognised the significant progress made by states and National Societies in this area, but reiterated the need to do further work.


“Many countries have shown real progress in modernizing their legal frameworks to manage risk reduction”, Mr. Cotte explained. “However, the vast majority of countries still lack clear and comprehensive procedures for disaster risk reduction and more preparation should be undertaken”. He went on to highlight that “National Societies have indicated their willingness and determination to offer their advice and support to their authorities in this area….and having strong laws in place can indeed save lives”.


A full version of his statement is available here.


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