Filipino scientist and diplomat Glenn S. Banaguas was recently conferred the United Nations’ Sasakawa Award for Disaster Risk Reduction, besting over 200 nominations worldwide -- unprecedented in the award’s 35-year history. The award is bestowed on institutions, groups and individuals that promote inclusive and resilient approaches to disaster risk reduction in line with the UN’s Sendai Framework. In 2010, Banaguas spearheaded the creation of Climate Smart Philippines under his leadership at the Environmental and Climate Change Research Institute. The flagship program brought together scientific experts and stakeholders to tackle disaster risks and prevent potential damage and losses from climate change and other hazards besetting the Philippines.
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