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The voices of disabled people are finally being included in disaster planning a welcome move, says Sue Coe.

The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) has launched the worlds first global consultation on the hazards and risks disabled people are exposed to in disaster zones, to inform the post-2015 development agenda on disaster risk reduction. The results will be announced on International Day for Disaster Reduction on 13 October, which has disability as its theme this year.

UNISDR is to be congratulated on investigating this important yet overlooked area. Humanitarian crises disproportionately and negatively impact disabled people.


[1] UN Enable. Disability, natural disasters and emergency situations. A need to include persons with disabilities

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