Cause-specific mortality and natural disasters: the urgent need for change
The sixth session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (GP2019) was held in Geneva on the 15th May 2019 providing delegations from 116 signatory nations with the official progress report on seven targets to reduce disaster risk agreed under the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR) (UNISDR, 2019a).
Member states formed the SFDRR in Sendai Japan, at the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, as a fifteen-year voluntary non-binding agreement and later endorsed by the UN General Assembly in June 2015 (UNISDR, 2019b). The SFDRR established seven targets and four priority areas to strengthen domestic and global disaster risk reduction efforts and, in particular, reduce mortality, the number of people affected, economic loss…
Why India wants to tie up with other countries to build disaster-resilient infrastructure
India hopes to lead the world in developing natural disaster-proof infrastructure.
On Sept. 23, on the sidelines of the UN climate summit, prime minister Narendra Modi announced that the country is building a coalition for disaster resilient infrastructure, and invited other nations to join the initiative.
India is among the five countries that suffer the highest losses due to natural disasters—over $80 billion in the last 20 years. This year’s monsoon rains killed 1,673 people in floods and rain-induced building collapses. Climate change is increasing the rate of incidence of such extreme weather events…