While acknowledging that many challenges still lie ahead on the road to disaster resilience, this record of achievement adds weight to the recommendations which you have made for inclusion in the Post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction.
In addition to your focus on “indicators of resilience,” I appreciate the strong message you have sent asking for integration between the new DRR framework and other initiatives around sustainable development goals and climate change which will also come to fruition in 2015.
I would like to extend a special word of thanks to the Platform host, the Government of Ecuador and the Minister Maria del Pilar Cornejo. Ecuador was not only a perfect host but also a perfect participant.
The Deputy Foreign Minister, Leonardo Arízaga, set the tone from the outset with a clear statement of what Ecuador has achieved through its smart investments in disaster risk reduction – almost 1,000% return in eventual savings against future losses.
That is a message worth bringing to Sendai! I look forward to seeing you there. ------
Message issued in Geneva, Switzerland on June 27, 2014.