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This report profiles the frequency, location and severity of natural hazards across Africa, a continent that holds half of the world’s most risk-prone countries, and is experiencing a rising number of disasters. The report examines risk drivers that exacerbate natural hazards’ impacts on populations, and analyses the state of Africa’s preparedness again…
Regardless of the origin, financial and socio-economic crises feature combinations of adverse conditions: lack of access to financing/credit, slump in investments, household demand and consumption, a falling GDP, high deficits and debt ratios, loss of income, unemployment, shrinkage of state provisions, poverty, enforced migration, homelessness, and an…
This paper describes a campaign developed by World Animal Protection designed to increase the level of preparedness of pet owners in Costa Rica. The campaign was implemented in 2012-2014 following a quantitative research study that determined the gaps in the level of preparedness according to the specific needs of companion animals in times of disasters…
Natural hazards negatively impact on public health world-wide. Consequently, continuous research on disaster preparedness and disaster risk reduction is vital to reduce the detrimental effect on well-being. Disaster preparedness strategies have thus far been unsuccessful in preparing individuals for the psychological stress that a natural hazard threat…
COVID-19 is both a health pandemic that is killing thousands and a socio-economic crisis that is threatening the welfare of millions. Although the pandemic affects people across all walks of life, certain groups are more impacted than others. This brief, developed by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific,…
Whether refugees living in overcrowded camps or jobless migrant workers forced to return home, the lives of millions of people in Asia-Pacific are threatened by the dangerous combination of displacement and the COVID-19 pandemic.  This brief, developed by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, highlights t…
The COVID-19 pandemic is a stark demonstration that, in a connected and globalized world, risk is more systemic than ever: what was initially a health disaster quickly became a socioeconomic one with long-term impact, highlighting the urgent need for a whole-of-society approach towards prevention and risk-informed recovery and development.This report pr…
The Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) report provides a snapshot of the DRR progress the Republic of Kiribati has achieved under the four priorities of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030. It also highlights some of the key challenges surrounding the issue of creating coherence among the key global frameworks at the country level; an…