Children and Climate Change: October-December Issue, 2013

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Published on 27 Dec 2013 View Original

In this issue we look at the Commemoration of the International Day for Disaster Reduction, IDDR, around the region with a range of articles and contributions from our partners.

People living with disability focus of IDDR

On October 13 the Paciic joined the world in commemorating the Inter- national Day for Disaster Reduction with a special focus on people living with disability.

4CA Partners were amongst organisers raising awareness on the importance of supporting people living with disability during disasters.

The backdrop for the initiative is based on the fact that disaster prevention measures are designed and implemented in many parts of the world without including or taking into account persons with disabilities.

In the Pacific, 4CA focused on raising issues like accessibility, participation, social inclusion, and the contribution people (especially children) living with disabilities can make to addressing disasters.

The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, UNISDR notes that people living with disabilities are among the most excluded in society, and their plight is magnified when a disaster strikes and often their unique contribution to helping com- munities prepare for and respond to disasters is also overlooked.

The greater objective of the International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR) is to celebrate how people and communities are reducing their risk to disasters