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Disasters threaten lives and development effort. In Volume 2, Issue 23, Rio+20: Making it Happen, the newsletter focuses on disaster risk reduction and sustainable development, one of the seven priority issues that the Conference will address. Among other issues and events, It highlights the Fifth Meeting of the Secretary-General's High-level Global Sustainability Panel and the Workshop on Partnerships for Rio+20. It also announces the publishing of "Issues Briefs" on "Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience Building" and "Regional, National and Local Levels of Sustainable Development."