International Day for Disaster Reduction 2020
The International Day for Disaster Reduction, held each year on 13 October, celebrates how people and communities around the world are reducing their exposure to disasters.
According to the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR), in the period 2000 to 2019, there were 7,348 major recorded disaster events claiming 1.23 million lives, affecting 4.2 billion people (many on more than one occasion) resulting in approximately US$2.97 trillion in global economic losses….
Building Resilience Is Critical To Minimise The Impact Of Humanitarian Crises
The number of people affected and displaced by conflicts and natural disasters has almost doubled over the past decade and continues to rise. Climate crisis is a major driver and amplifier of disaster risks and losses, even as armed conflicts compel hordes of people to flee their homes in search of safety. Slow onset disasters, like extreme temperatures and droughts, have added to disaster related economic losses.
Infectious disease outbreaks among refugees and displaced persons are also becoming increasingly common and pose a major threat to health security and social protection. The impact is especially severe on women and girls, people living with disabilities and other vulnerable groups….
Healthy biodiversity boosts resilience of food systems
Among the ecosystem services that humans derive from biodiversity are food and nourishment. However, coupled with the further deterioration of food security at the global level, agriculture remains one of the drivers of biodiversity loss. Can agriculture and biodiversity truly work together?
This year’s World Food Day, the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) takes part in the celebration of the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, reiterating the vital role that healthy and rich biodiversity plays in our current food systems. As the celebration focuses on the theme, “Grow, nourish, sustain. Together. Our actions are our future,” the ACB takes the opportunity to promote the integration of biodiversity considerations into the agriculture and fisheries sector’s development processes in the Region…