The new Sendai framework for disaster risk reduction supports risk transfer and insurance to reduce the financial impact of disasters on governments and societies, especially in vulnerable developing countries.
Last week, representatives from 187 UN member states agreed on a new international framework to foster greater disaster resilience across the globe, the first of four global agreements on the post-2015 development agenda.
On World Water Day, it’s time to reflect on how several of Asia’s developing countries are especially vulnerable to floods. What can we do to better address this problem? Adopt a holistic approach to flood management and resilience.
Will a top-down or a top-bottom approach save Asia and the world from climate change? ADB senior management officials and experts engaged top youth debaters to discuss the issue.
Safeguards to avert damage that development projects can do to the environment and communities are essential in development finance.
Children are generally more at risk than adults when environmental threats gradually grow, or when natural disaster suddenly strikes.
There is still long way to go to reach a final agreement for effective climate change action in 2015, but the COP20 in Lima was an important step forward.
The recent formal pledging session for the Green Climate Fund (GCF)—more than $9 billion in just 5 months—is by far the most successful resource mobilization ever seen for a multilateral climate fund. The US has pledged $3 billion, followed by Japan ($1.5 billion), UK ($1.13 billion), and Germany and France (with $1 billion each). Four developing countries—Indonesia, Mexico, Mongolia, and Panama—have made pledges, breaking the traditional donor boundaries.
A year ago this last weekend, Typhoon Haiyan (locally known as Yolanda) hit the Philippines, the strongest tropical cyclone in recorded history. You may have heard about this tragedy via traditional media but it is likely you heard more about it through social media.
A set of reports by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the last of which was released on November 2, 2014, sets the scene for governments to renew their efforts on the issue through ambitious commitments for a comprehensive climate agreement in Paris in December 2015.