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Complex Emergency

A humanitarian crisis in a country, region or society where there is total or considerable breakdown of authority resulting from internal or external conflict and which requires an international response that goes beyond the mandate or capacity of any single agency and/or the ongoing United Nations country program. - (IASC)

Antonio Guterres, UN High Commissioner for Refugees (with microphone) during a debate in Geneva on World Humanitarian Day with (from left) Nan Buzard, Executive Director ICVA; Elhadj As Sy, Secretary-General of the IFRC; moderator Espen Barth Eide, Managing Director of the World Economic Forum; Peter Maurer, President of the ICRC; and Margareta Wahlström, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction (Photo: UNISDR)

'Crises are piling on the pressure'

19 Aug 2015, UNISDR

'Our capacity to deal with crises is under pressure,' said Margareta Wahlström, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, during a panel discussion at the United Nations in Geneva. Part of the problem, she said, is the complex nature of many crisis situations. Natural hazards, including those stoked by climate change, can mesh together with poverty, breakneck urbanization and other factors to create a cocktail of often long-lasting conflict...


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