Companies will be looking increasingly at investment opportunities in Africa and Asia in coming decades as that is where growth is strong, but for most of them the risk of disasters is unlikely to be on the radar. Steps are being taken to try to change this mindset.
Tuesday, 21 May 2013, 4:56 pm
Speech: New Zealand Government
Speech to the 4th Session of the Global Platform For Disaster Risk Reduction, Geneva, Switzerland
Governments and aid agencies have to tackle the politics and power at the heart of the increasing effects of climate change, rising inequality and people’s vulnerability to disasters, according to a new report published today by international agency Oxfam.
The Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (Comité permanent Inter-Etats de Lutte contre la Sécheresse dans le Sahel; CILSS in French) was created in 1973, after the devastating droughts that hit the region. CILSS currently has 13 member States: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Chad, Côte d'Ivoire, Gambia, Guinea, Bissau Guinea, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal and Togo.
Despite the weakening of Cyclone Mahasen before it made landfall on Thursday last week, thousands of people have been displaced and homes and crops destroyed.
As disasters have such a huge impact on human lives, it is important to make Disaster Risk Management inclusive to all. CBM and its partners have launched a key publication on good practices in this important field. It gives examples of disability inclusive Disaster Risk Management, showing persons with disabilities as active participants in Disaster Risk Response interventions.
Myanmar, Bangladesh and India have avoided a potential catastrophe as Cyclone Mahasen weakened to a tropical storm as it made landfall in Bangladesh on Thursday.But fears remain that some remote areas may have experienced some destruction. IOM staff are taking part in joint assessments in the Chittagong division of Bangladesh and western Myanmar to determine if assistance is needed.
This report: 'Understanding the Pacific’s adaptive capacity to emergencies in the context of climate change' focusses on the nexus between disasters, human health and climate change in the Pacific, given the need to consider how to support organisations and the disaster response sector more broadly to cope with the added burden of climate change.The purpose of this research was to assist in enhancing long term adaptive capacity by informing policy makers and disaster response practitioners on what is needed for effective disaster response in the face of climate change. Four countries were selected for in-depth research: Fiji, Vanuatu, Cook Islands and Samoa.
As we move towards building a new, more inclusive and ambitious post-Hyogo Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction for the period following 2015, UNISDR have released the latest global assessment report on disaster risk reduction.
Cyclone Mahasan weakened into a tropical storm as it made landfall Thursday, but it still brought tidal surges, heavy rain and strong winds, causing considerable damage in the fishing villages of Bangladesh and, to a lesser extent, Myanmar.