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UN hoping children take leadership role in disaster management

UN hoping children take leadership role in disaster management

Updated 29 February 2012, 9:20 AEDT

The United Nations' has launched a new strategy which it hopes will allow children and young people to set some of the priorities for addressing disaster risk management.

Today is the International Day for Disaster Reduction, and it comes in a year where the Pacific has had more than a fair share of disasters, ranging from floods, to tsunamis to earthquakes.

As part of the new strategy the UN Office for the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction, is calling on children to give their input on what priorities it should set, as well as putting in place procedures that ensure that when a disaster does happen, children's lives and schooling can continue.

Presenter: Campbell Cooney

Speaker: Angelika Planitz, head of the UN's regional ofice for the International Strategy for Disaster Risk Management

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