“Think Resilient” to Protect Against Climate and Other Disasters — Global Issues

Delegates from some 184 countries gathered in Bali for the 2022 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, where they reviewed efforts to protect communities from a growing number of climate and other hazards. disasters around the world.

The summit concluded with an outcome document titled Bali Program for Resilience, which aims to prevent the world from facing 1.5 disasters a day by 2030, as cited last month in the Global Assessment Report.

Early warning systems must include communities most at risk with adequate institutional, financial and human capacity to act on early warningssaid the co-chairs’ summary.

state of affairs

During the meeting, only 95 countries reported having multi-hazard early warning systems that notify governments, agencies and the general public of an impending disaster. Coverage in Africa, least developed countries and small island developing countries was particularly low.

Early warning systems are an essential defense against disasters such as floods, droughts and volcanic eruptions.

In March, Secretary General António Guterres called for warning systems to cover every person on the planet within five years.

Early warnings

A central recommendation of the Balinese diary is to “apply a ‘think resilient’ approach to all investments and decision-making, integrating disaster risk reduction across government and across society,” the co-chairs explained. in their summary.

The outcome document also highlighted the need to reassess how risk is managed and policy is designed, as well as the institutional arrangements that need to be put in place at global, regional and national levels.

COVID-19

The meeting was the first United Nations international disaster forum to be convened since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In this context, the Co-Chairs observed that current approaches to recovery and reconstruction are “not effective enough to protect development gains nor to build back better, greener and more equitably”.

Transformative lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic must be applied before the window of opportunity closes.”

Sendai Entrance

At the same time, the mid-term review – which measures progress towards the global targets of the United Nations Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction – has started.

Sharing progress made since the last global platform in 2019, delegates revealed a 33% increase in the number of countries developing disaster risk reduction strategies and reporting through the Sendai Framework Monitor.

However, the Balinese diary showed that “fewer than half of countries reporting against Sendai Framework targets report having disaster risk information that is relevant, accessible and actionable.”

And while there has been some progress – such as the development of new funding mechanisms and better links to climate action – “the data still indicates insufficient investment and progress in disaster risk reduction in most countries, particularly in investment in prevention.”

The seventh session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in Bali, Indonesia.

UNDRR/Antoine Tardy

The seventh session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in Bali, Indonesia.

Go forward

The Balinese diary will continue until the next United Nations climate conference, known as COP 27, as well as the next meeting of the major industrialized countries of the G20 and the mid-term review of the Sendai framework.

This year, the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction, celebrated each year on October 13, will be dedicated to early warning systems.

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