Mexico urges wealthy nations to help poorer states cut disaster risk

5/25/2017 Reuters

1985_Mexico_Earthquake_-_Pina_Suarez_Apartment_ComplexCutting human, economic and infrastructure losses caused by disasters is imperative, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto told the start of a U.N. conference, urging wealthy countries to help vulnerable nations limit their exposure to natural hazards.

Peña Nieto said on Wednesday that threats such as earthquakes and storms “recognize no national boundaries or frontiers or orders of government”.

Ninety percent of deaths from disasters happen in low- and middle-income countries, he noted at the opening of the three-day conference on disasters in the Mexican resort of Cancun.

“In the Caribbean, there are some economies and societies that are especially vulnerable in light of disaster situations that have been aggravated as a result of climate change,” he said, expressing a commitment to support neighboring Caribbean nations.

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