United Nations Award for District of North Vancouver

United Nations AwardFor 2011, the District of North Vancouver received the prestigious United Nations’ Award for disaster risk reduction in its community.

United Nations Award

Mayor Richard Walton attended the ceremony in Geneva, Switzerland, to accept the award on behalf of the District of North Vancouver – the first Canadian community ever to receive it.

“This international recognition is testament to the ongoing work being done by not only the professional staff who serve the citizens of North Vancouver District, but also the leaders and many volunteers of the North Shore Emergency Management Office, and all of the agencies dedicated to the public safety needs of their community,” said Walton after the ceremony according to the North Shore Outlook.

In 2005, North Vancouver experienced a landslide which led to the tragic death of a resident and the destruction of two homes. As a result, the district has lead and incorporated risk reduction criteria in its official community plan and permit process, including warning systems for landslides and debris flows.

The Iridia team congratulates the District of North Vancouver for receiving this United Nations Award and for building the resilience of its community to disasters. We are honoured to have worked with the district on some of its planning initiatives, and applaud community partners for having realized this outstanding achievement.