Thursday, December 5, 2013

Letter to the UN Secretary General on 2014 Summit

Open Letter to the United Nations

December 1, 2013

Secretary General
The United Nations
UN Headquarters
First Avenue at 46th Street
New York, NY 10017

Dearest Secretary General Ban:

Our warmest greetings!

Since our initial advocacy in 2009 following Ketsana, a large number of catastrophes have already occurred around the world. In most of these disasters, a large number of people say nothing could have been done. No one can predict calamity. The most recent is tropical cyclone Haiyan aka Yolanda of which no less than five thousand could have survived, had our original intention to hold a conference on mapping and building a decently sized GIS on topics related to disasters and for better forecasting.

Out of this advocacy we determined to hold a hazards mapping and environment summit in April 2010 and held back the plan due to unforeseen causes.

We have decided to discard our plan to have our original sponsors support the event and to depend upon Philippine leaders for supporting the event to its completion. In light of the holding of the Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan in March 2015, we propose to hold the hazards mapping conference in Manila from 8:00 AM December 4, 2014 up to 3: PM December 12, 2014 to be culminated with a benefit event at the end of the conference. We envision that the hazards mapping will enhance the 2015 World Conference.

May we respectfully invite the United Nations to be our primary and principal partner for this private-led event. We hope for your soonest assent and affirmation of positive determination.

Thank you very much.

Faithfully yours,


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