CITIES AT RISK
The IDNDR slogan for 1996 is "Cities at Risk", in reference to
the Habitat II World Conference, held in June of this year in Istanbul, Turkey.
The main reason for choosing this subject, however, is the increasing
vulnerability of urban centers. The world's urban population is growing at a
rapid pace. At the same time, poverty is mushrooming, and deficiencies in
infrastructure maintenance, the complexity of services and economic activities,
and environmental degradation conspire to increase considerably the risks posed
by "natural " hazards. Most cities y Latin America and the Caribbean are exposed
to one or several natural threats.
Our Special Report begins with two interesting contributions on
environmental degradation, urban disasters and the role of local governments in
disaster management and reduction. We hope this subject is of interest to IDNDR
National Committees, and that they will provide us with information on the
activities carried out in observance of International Disaster Reduction Day,
which falls on 9