Monday, December 9, 2013

Global insurance group partnership for disaster risk reduction

A press release from the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction: A global insurance company has provided a significant boost to public-private partnerships aimed at reducing disaster risk.

The Chairman and CEO of the AXA Group, Mr Henri de Castries, signed a Statement of Commitment by the Private Sector for Disaster Prevention, Resilience and Risk Reduction, at AXA’s head office in Paris, during a meeting with the Chief of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) Ms Margareta Wahlström.

“The AXA Group is already supporting the work of UNISDR’s Private Sector Advisory Group so it makes sense now to become a full member of the Partnership,” said Mr. de Castries, whose AXA Group has 160,000 employees in 57 countries.

“We are an industry leader and we have a responsibility to share our expertise in crisis management and business continuity to support the provision of new sustainable insurance solutions for businesses.

“We are also engaged in production and dissemination of research into climate change risks with the goal of protecting people, especially the most vulnerable, through the AXA Research Fund programmes and our partnership with the NGO CARE International....

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