Monday, January 18, 2010

On January 18

On this day in ...
... 2005 (5 years ago today), a 4-day World Conference on Disaster Reduction began in Kobe, Hyogo, Japan. It had been convened pursuant to U.N. General Assembly Resolution A/RES/58/214 (2004), with the purposes that diplomats both review developments in responses to disasters, such as earthquakes, tsunamis, and hurricanes, since the previous such conference, at Yokohama, Japan, in 1994, and make plans for the future. (The importance of such efforts is evident in Haiti's current earthquake-spurred catastrophe.) Among the products of the conference was the Hyogo Declaration and the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015.

(Prior January 18 posts are here and here.)

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