Harjeet Singh

Harjeet Singh

Climate politics waters down ambition of UN disaster risk deal

At exactly the same time when tropical cyclone Pam, one of the most powerful cyclones ever, devastated the Pacific island of Vanuatu,  over 180 governments in Sendai, Japan are negotiating hard to reach an agreement to prepare for and reduce the impact of disasters. Harjeet Singh, GNDR member, reflects on how governments should be stepping up actions to deal with climate change, during a final round of talks on post 2015 disaster risk reduction framework marred by regressive stances. "If we end up with all weak targets, then the new agreement will in fact be weaker than the current Framework that ends in 2015.", says Harjeet.

Why is the new disaster framework sidestepping climate change?

Harjeet Singh, GNDR member, questions the puzzling silence and reluctance of the new framework draft document to deal with the issue of climate change and its increasingly devastating impacts, and how climate change adaptation needs to be supported by disaster risk reduction experiences, so both the UN institutions and practitioner communities can bring the two together in unison and compliment each other's work, to create a safe and sustainable world.
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