The United Nations has released a new report on managing disaster risk ahead of the International Day for Disaster Reduction to be marked on Friday.
Robert Glasser, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, presented the report this week while noting that in the last two decades, disasters have caused the loss of 1.35 million lives and USD$2.5 trillion in economic impacts.
If the global community is ever to mitigate those disaster risks while reducing carbon emissions, its nations and leaders will need to invest in risk reduction strategies to stem the rising tide of damage.
By 2050, cyclones will impact 680 million people in urban centers, compared with 310 million today. The potential exposure costs because of sea level rise and flooding could reach $35 trillion by 2070, which is 10 times more than the current levels, the report said.
“In the light of this disturbing picture,” Glasser said, “delivering on the promise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development will only be possible if we cut greenhouse gases as rapidly as possible in line with the Paris Agreement and reduce climate and disaster risk in accordance with the ambitious global targets.”
Those targets, outlined in the “Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction,” have been agreed to by at least 28 African nations. Swaziland and Cape Verde are among the most recent countries to begin implementation of the 15-year agreement and its seven-point strategic framework.
The new “Implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030” report reiterates that the developing world faces heightened risks in a changing climate.
The report is available at this link.
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