Disasters can dominate newspaper headlines and fill our TV screens with relief appeals, but the complex long-term challenge of recovery―providing shelter, rebuilding safe dwellings, restoring livelihoods and shattered lives―generally fails to attract the attention of the public and most agencies.
The Paris Agreement, adopted in December 2015, represents a new beginning in the global effort to stabilize the climate before it is too late. It recognizes the importance of food security in the international response to climate change, as reflected by many countries focusing prominently on the agriculture sector in their planned contributions to adaptation and mitigation.
Displacements in the Asia Pacific region are escalating. The region has for decades experienced more than half of the world’s natural disasters and, in recent years, a disproportionately high share of extreme weather-related disasters