Sálvano Briceño

Sálvano Briceño is the Director of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction secretariat. He has managed environmental and sustainable development programmes at the United Nations, the World Conservation Union and the Government of Venezuela. Mr. Briceño has served as Coordinator of the BIOTRADE and GHG Emissions Trading Initiatives of the UN Conference on Trade and Development and as Deputy Executive Secretary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification secretariat.

Every year in the past two decades, more than 200 million people, on average, have been affected by natural hazards. Disasters have caused a massive loss of life and negative long-term social, economic and environmental consequences. Vulnerable societies have been deeply affected, particularly in developing countries with less coping capacity.