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A Year at the Helm of the United Nations General AssemblyA Vision for our Century$
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Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781479862009

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479862009.001.0001

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Natural Disaster Prevention and Response

Natural Disaster Prevention and Response

(p.63) 4 Natural Disaster Prevention and Response
A Year at the Helm of the United Nations General Assembly

Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser

, Shara Kay

Ban Ki-Moon

NYU Press

This chapter discusses United Nations role in disaster prevention and response. The UN system, through the Emergency Relief Coordinator, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, ensures the sustainability of current donations and investments. It promotes preparedness for disaster response through regional and international partnerships. In addition, the organization supports military involvement and assets in situations where they can play an important role. On that note, the HOPEFOR initiative seeks to supplement the UN system in disaster risk reduction and prevention activities by improving the effectiveness and coordination of military and civil defense assets for natural disaster response.

Keywords:   United Nations, Emergency Relief Coordinator, HOPEFOR, disaster risk reduction, civil defense, disaster prevention, disaster response

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