INTERVIEW: UNDP's Okai Stresses Need to Nip Crises in Bud

Politics

New York, Nov. 13 (Jiji Press)--The head of the U.N. Development Program's Crisis Bureau has stressed the need to nip crises in the bud as the world faces uncertainties posed by diversified conflicts, climate change, immigrants and refugees.

"It'll be increasingly important to more closely analyze risks that could lead to various crises and prevent them when signs appear," Asako Okai said in a recent interview with Jiji Press.

Okai, a former Japanese diplomat, assumed the post in August. Under her predecessor, Izumi Nakamitsu, now U.N. undersecretary-general and high representative for disarmament affairs, the Crisis Bureau was called the Crisis Response Unit and was tasked with responding to postconflict and postdisaster situations.

With Okai's arrival, the unit was upgraded so that it can also give weight to precrisis measures.

Since taking up the post, Okai has been tackling the bureau's organizational reform to facilitate seamless responses to crises from prevention to development.

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