Official Statement made by Mr Godfred Paul, Country Director, Myanmar HelpAge International, at the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction 2017 in Cancun, Mexico.
On behalf of the stakeholder group of older people, he advocated inclusion of older people for the greater effectiveness of disaster risk reduction (DRR) strategies and actions more broadly. Older people have lived life and have years of experience. This wealth of knowledge, experience, insight and hindsight are invaluable in understanding and responding to disaster risk as we look to the future. Older people’s social capacity is key to bringing communities together and learning across the generation to create fully inclusive DRR strategies.
Published: UNISDR, May 2017