“Mexico has invested a lot in disaster risk reduction and we shall continue to do so because that is not optional. We have put in place mechanisms which help us respond quickly whenever a disaster occurs in order to save lives," Nieto said.
At around 7pm Deputy Secretary General for the United Nations Ms. Amina Mohammed held a joint press conference with co-chair of the 2017 Global Platform on DRR President Nieto announcing outcomes of a leader’s forum which lasted hours after the official opening ceremony.
Mohammed said leaders have committed to identify and implement practical measures that will increase people’s resilience.
“The world leaders commit to seriously invest in Infrastructure and housing, and work towards reducing economic losses due to disasters which for the last years reached 1. 4 trillion US dollars,” said Mohammed.
She therefore called on all leaders to invest the 1.4 trillion US dollars in building better schools, hospitals, and roads and prepare for urbanization in the next 40 years.
“Urbanization is a serious issue as at present 60% of areas for urbanisation are yet to be built a development which if not addressed poses a great risk to sustainable development,” she added.
The UN second in command also expressed optimism that countries will go flat out in ensuring that investments taking place in years to come are risk informed, resilient and done through genuine partnerships between public and private sectors.
“It is therefore my hope that all countries shall undertake to make disaster risk assessment a prerequisite in future investments and increase international cooperation”.
The leaders forum also committed to the 2030 agenda with a specific interest in investing in early warning systems and risk transfer.
A full high level communique is expected on Friday.