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Residents walk on a road littered with debris after Super Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city in central Philippines November 10, 2013. Credit: REUTERS/Erik De Castro

Exacerbated by climate change, disasters are increasingly pushing people into deeper poverty and compromising their safety. That’s why the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 agreed today in Sendai is so disappointing for Oxfam and many other organizations working with communities affected by disasters around the world.

Photo: Cyclone Pam hits Vanuatu, via 350 on Flickr

This morning, the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) opened in Sendai, Japan. His Excellency Mr. Baldwin Lonsdale, the President of Vanuatu delivered an emotional opening statement, a wake-up call for the international community - the current status quo in disaster risk reduction efforts is failing the world’s most vulnerable nations and communities.

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