Local governments are at the forefront of dealing with natural disasters such as floods, floods, fires, earthquakes, droughts. Furthermore, the COVID-19 pandemic as an unprecedented and biggest crisis of our time is hardly affecting societies and communities. Not only, that these events hinder local level sustainable development, but also exacerbate existing vulnerabilities and creating new social inequalities. The vulnerable categories of citizens e.g. women, children, youth, disabled, the elderly, citizens exposed st social risks, etc are bearing the heaviest consequences that weaken their resilience. The exclusion suffered by these groups and their low level of participation in society can result in their needs being overlooked in disaster risk management measures. Therefore, the local governments need to integrate their needs and capabilities while planning and reducing the disaster risks and ensuring that no one is left behind.
- Teacher: Mirjana Stankovic