October 13th marked the international day for disaster reduction with this year’s theme – reducing economic loss – being highlighted as one of the global target of Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. CWS Japan stepped up to represent some of civil society’s perspectives on this theme by focusing on how recurrent disasters, exacerbated by climate change, have impacts on people’s livelihoods. For example, small and medium sized enterprises comprise somewhere between 92%-99% of the economy in ASEAN (99.7% in Japan) and the sector employs a significant percentage of the labor force regionwide, including 70% in Japan. Clearly, civil society agrees that more risk reduction and mitigation measures must take place at local levels, and this message was emphasized in the commemorating event organized by the UN University on October 12th. In addition, CWS Japan Country Rep, Takeshi Komino, represented the Global Network of Civil Society Organization for Disaster Reduction (GNDR) in UNISDR’s ‘ask-an-expert’ online series highlighting the need to localize economic loss prevention dialogue.
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