Philippine Senator Loren Lagarda Named Global Champion for Resilience by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction

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Philippine Senator Loren Legarda has been named the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction’s (UNISDR) Global Champion for Resilience for her “unrelenting and vigorous support in advancing disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation.” 

Margareta Wahlstrom, special representative for the UN secretary general for disaster risk reduction, announced Legarda’s appointment on Nov. 30, during the Climate Vulnerable Forum High Level Meeting at the 2015 Paris Climate Conference, or COP21.

The senator, a regional champion for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation for Asia-Pacific since 2008, was recognized for being “an outspoken and consistent champion for the need to rethink development and work with all stakeholders and in many sectors to prevent and reduce risk,” Wahlstrom said in a speech delivered at the Paris conference.

The newly named global champion for resilience expressed her “profound gratitude” to Wahlstrom whom she said had “ably led the UNISDR in empowering nations, business, individuals and the whole of society to build safer communities.”

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