We need to apply scientific knowledge to Disaster Risk Management and promote the creation of risk science in view of the permanent and growing increases in hazards, vulnerabilities and greater exposure.
By Mami Mizutori Climate-vulnerable nations know all too well that action on the climate emergency is just as important as a successful and affordable vaccine against COVID-19. This year’s U.N. climate talks may have been postponed, but no one can take
The health crisis stress-tests our ability to cooperate, learn and adapt in the face of deep uncertainties and rising risks. The new coronavirus, COVID-19, was declared a “public health emergency of international concern” by the World Health Organization
Some 95% of COVID-19 cases have come from urban areas. Pandemic preparedness in cities and towns is more urgent than ever for reducing disaster risk, particularly in challenging situations where disease outbreaks could coincide with an extreme weather
With Cyclone Idai devastating Mozambique, Mami Mizutori, the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for DRR, writes in this op-ed that the country should build resilience to prepare for worsening extreme weather associated with climate change.
Collecting more and better data can go a long way towards improving our understanding of the magnitude of disaster displacement, and how we manage the risks and impacts. This understanding is a crucial part of efforts to reduce the amount of people affected by disasters.
The upcoming Global Assessment Report 2019 will once again emphasise that reducing disaster risk also helps to reduce poverty and to safeguard development gains. It considers the systemic and pluralistic nature of risk: in multiple dimensions, at multiple scales and with multiple impacts.
In this op-ed, Mami Mizutori, UN Special Representative for DRR, writes that disasters in urban areas can lead to high numbers of casualties and economic losses. But ensuring risk-informed infrastructure investments can help mitigate damages. In pursuit of resilience, an upcoming workshop in India will seek to create a global coalition for resilient infrastructure.
Cyclone Idai shows once more how the countries which contribute the least to climate change are the ones most affected by it. The levels of poverty in developing countries like Mozambique prevent them from investing significantly in resilient infrastructure and could hinder efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
Reflecting on Brazil's recent technical disaster, Mami Mizutori, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for DRR, writes in this op-ed that the fatalities and extreme environmental damage associated with tailings dam failures are avoidable. Inadequate risk governance is a key risk driver, and the mining industry must establish a zero casualty policy.