United Nations likes Canberra’s resilience

Barcham 28 June 2013

Simon Corbell was today presented with a certificate acknowledging the ACT’s efforts in disaster resilience.

“Canberra is one of more than 1000 cities across the globe taking part in the Making Cities Resilient Program, under the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR),” Mr Corbell said.

“I am proud that the United Nations has selected the Australian Capital Territory as a Role Model for this world wide campaign,” he said.

UNISDR Chief and UN Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, Margareta Wahlström was in Canberra today to make the presentation to the Minister in person.

The Making Cities Resilient campaign aims to raise awareness about the benefits of reducing urban risk, and encourages governments to invest in disaster risk reduction activities and build safer, more resilient infrastructure within cities.

“This is something the ACT Government has done extensively since the January 2003 bushfires which demonstrates our commitment to protecting Canberrans against disasters,” Mr Corbell said.

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