ative safer, more sustainable and disaster-proof, according
to the declaration published during the two-day International Conference on Silk-road Disa
ster Risk Reduction and Development, which concluded in Beijing on Sunday.
Sunday marked China’s 11th National Disaster Prevention and Reducti
on Day, an annual event which began in 2009 after a devastating earthquake hit Sich
uan and neighboring provinces on May 12, 2008, leaving over 87,000 dead or missing.
More than 700 scientists from around 40 countries, regions and international organizations supported the declaration. It reco
mmended actions including data-sharing, investing in disaster risk reduction technologies and in
frastructure, and jointly enhancing disaster preparedness and response protocols.
tier city, we will expand to neighboring lower-tier cities. For example, we have developed ve
ry well in Xiamen (Fujian province), and based on this we will expand to smaller cities nearby,” he said.
About 70 percent of small-town youths live from paycheck to paycheck, and most of their money goe
s on household items, luxuries, entertainment and travel, according to a report on this age group rec
ently released by the Central Committee of the Communist Youth League of China.
“They also like quality products, good brands and are interested in being trendset
ters,” said Sun Hongyan, a researcher at the China Youth and Children Research Center.
Sun, the main author of the report, said 35.5 percent of small-town youths use mob
ile phones or electronic devices that feature the latest designs from well-known brands.