ORGANIZER(S): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR)
Type: Meeting or Conference Date: 27 Feb 2020 Location: Switzerland (Geneva) Venue: By invitation only
Many countries which experience crises for multiple years often face a combination of conflict, forced displacement as well as disasters associated with natural hazards. Climate change, combined with other factors such as rapid urbanization and inequality, is increasing the frequency and intensity of disasters, posing a long-term threat to socio-economic development, especially in the poorest and most fragile countries. Cyclical shocks systematically exacerbate humanitarian needs in protracted crises, placing further pressure on the humanitarian system to cover basic needs and provide essential services to millions of crises-affected populations. Other high-risk contexts face multiple disaster events on a regular basis resulting in high levels of displacement, growing economic losses, and increasing uncertainty of future impacts in the face of climate change.
Increasing disaster risks, mostly associated with climate change, are particularly challenging to mitigate in humanitarian contexts. Countries facing prolonged or recurrent humanitarian crises are often unable to put in place adequate disaster risk reduction measures due to limited capacities, insufficient governance mechanisms and lack of prioritization.
The efforts to better align humanitarian and development action are having an impact on the broader set of tools, services, leadership and coordination fora for humanitarian and development stakeholders and processes.
For these reasons, UNDRR has undertaken to examine how disaster risk reduction is currently being embedded and how it can be scaled-up in humanitarian/development contexts. The first phase of the project concentrated on the Asia Pacific region, and entailed a literature review, key informant interviews and a regional workshop in Bangkok in December 2020. The second phase is now extended to humanitarian contexts in Africa and the Middle East.
The main objectives of this workshop are to
Consider the extent to which DRR is currently integrated in humanitarian/development contexts, including the identification of barriers and enablers;
Identify areas for scale-up of DRR including through greater engagement between DRR and humanitarian-development practitioners;
Review the draft recommendations providing substantive inputs and examples; and
Propose next steps and follow-up actions.
Short URL: https://www.preventionweb.net/go/70213