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This publication provides a sober and revealing
analysis of weather-related disaster trends
over a twenty year time-frame which coincides with a
period which has seen the UN
Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference
of the Parties become an
established high- profile annual fixture on the
development calendar. The contents of this
report underline why it is so important that a
new climate change agreement emerges
from the COP21 in Paris in December.
This would be a satisfying conclusion to a year
which started off strongly with the adoption
in March of the Sendai Framework for Disaster
Risk Reduction 2015-2030 which sets out
priorities for action in order to achieve a
substantial reduction in disaster losses. The Sendai
Framework has since been followed by agreements
on development financing and the
ambition of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals
adopted by UN Member States in September.
Climate change, climate variability and
weather events pose a threat to the eradication of
extreme poverty and should serve as a spur to
hasten efforts not only to reduce greenhouse
gas emissions but also to tackle other underlying
risk drivers such as unplanned urban
development, vulnerable livelihoods, environmental
degradation and gaps in early warnings.
The report highlights many key shortcomings in
understanding the nature and true extent
of disaster losses, particularly from drought
despite the fact that it accounts for more than
25% of all people affected by climate-related disasters.
There must be greater support to countries
struggling to measure their losses so they can
improve both risk reduction efforts and overall
understanding of where the focus needs to
be to reduce those very losses.
The more we understand the causes and consequences
of risk generation and
accumulation, the better we will be able to adapt,
mitigate and prevent in the future,
whatever that future may have in store for us.
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The Humancost of Weather Related Disasters