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Common issues in disaster risk preparation and responses can be identified in communication and enforcement of safety standards and legal frameworks by authorities, institutions and governments. As the interconnectivity of disasters worldwide becomes more apparent, better cooperation at all levels of government, particularly at the global level, is needed to manage disasters and reduce risk effectively. Just as disasters cannot be viewed in isolation, neither can governments. Our nations are all part of the international community, so communication and cooperation without exploitation are key to managing disasters effectively. To be effective in reducing risk, this cooperation must extend to the level of local communities, ensuring a participatory approach for all.

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