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Disaster risk reduction and sustainable development

Prepared by experts associated with the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) programme for the Seventh Session of the UN General Assembly Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals, New York, 6-10 January 2014, this brief looks at disas... [more]…

Dare to prepare: taking risk seriously

In order to be prepared to deal effectively with disasters or crises, preparedness measures need to be put in place before a crisis occurs. This ODI report argues that the international community faces a challenge: to continue ‘feeding’ the bifurcated system or to alter and transform it
 for the better.In order to be prepared to deal effectively with disasters or crises, preparedness measures need to be put in place before a crisis occurs. This ODI report argues that the international community faces a challenge: to continue ‘feeding’ the bifurcated system or to alter and transform it for the better. It recommends the establishment of a new global financing mechanism which can fund activities across the ‘emergency preparedness continuum’.

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November podcast: Typhoon Haiyan, Warsaw climate change negotiations, budgeting in the real world

In this month's podcast we discuss what Typhoon Haiyan reveals about climate change, disaster preparedness and emergency response, assess the outcome of the UN climate change talks in Warsaw, and examine budgeting in the real world. [more]…

Haiyan is a call to action: risk must be the heart of development

'What does it mean for the international community when a country with arguably one of the most advanced risk management legislative frameworks, a committed government, significant national investment, and often deemed a success story, is unable to bot... [more]…

FEATURE: Options for including community resilience in the post-2015 development goals

This paper outlines the case for including resilience in the post-2015 development goals and explores the characteristics of a resilient community. It takes stock of existing proposals for including resilience in the post-2015 framework, and makes reco... [more]…

FEATURE: Typhoon Haiyan

​Typhoon Haiyan – the strongest storm ever recorded – hit the Philippines on 7 November 2013, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake. The UN has estimated that over 11 million people were affected, and some 673,000 people displaced. Up to 10,000 are feared dead, but massive infrastructure damage has made the task of accessing communities and assessing their needs all the more difficult. Why was this storm so catastrophic? Was the Philippines prepared for the disaster? And how can international agencies, governments, and the public best help people in need?

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FEATURE: The climate emergency

'With the full picture of devastation only now unfolding in the Philippines provinces of Leyte and Samar, the sheer scale of the relief and recovery effort is becoming evident. The typhoon disaster may well turn out to be the most expensive in the hist... [more]…

FEATURE: Climate finance regional briefing, sub-Saharan Africa

Africa is the region that has contributed the least to global greenhouse gas emissions but is the most vulnerable to the impact of climate change. It is estimated that the total cost of Africa’s adaptation to climate change will be between $10-30 billion a year by 2030.

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OPINION: Disaster management needs to include safeguarding livelihoods as well

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REPORT: The geography of poverty, disasters and climate extremes in 2030

This report examines the relationship between disasters and poverty. It concludes that, without concerted action, there could be up to 325 million extremely poor people living in the 49 countries most exposed to the full range of natural hazards and cl... [more]…

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