Global Community Must Do More To Implement Comprehensive Disaster Risk Reduction Plans
The Guardian: Climate change is a potent element in the deadly brew of disaster risk
Helen Clark, head of the U.N. Development Programme and former prime minister of New Zealand, and Robert Glasser, head of the U.N. Office for Disaster Risk Reduction and the secretary general’s special representative for disaster risk reduction
“…The Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters and major insurance companies agree that, in 2015, figures for deaths, numbers of people affected, and economic losses from disasters were below the 10-year average. But are we getting better at managing disasters, or are we actually reducing disaster risk? … Mortality is declining in many places because of better disaster management and more effective use of early warning systems. But more needs to be done to reduce risk comprehensively, including by tackling the compounding factors of poverty and inequality, rapid and unplanned urbanization, damage to ecosystems, and poor risk governance. … [The Sendai framework for disaster risk reduction] was the first major development-related new agenda to be adopted in a year that also brought the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals, the Addis Ababa action agenda on financing for development, and the Paris agreement. There is a golden opportunity now to ensure coherence between these agreements so that climate adaptation and disaster risk reduction work together to strengthen resilience across the full range of environmental, technological, and biological hazards” (3/3).