• Mami Mizutori
    Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction and Head of UNDRR
  • Armin Schuster
    Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance
  • Dr. Bärbel Kofler
    Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Assistance
  • Christian Reuter
    Secretary General
    German Red Cross
  • Dr. Irene Mihalic
    Domestic Policy Spokesperson
    Bündnis 90/Die Grünen
  • Mario Dobovisek
    Editor and Presenter
25.10.2021 // 10:30 am

Compounding disaster risks in a changed climate: will the humanitarian development nexus hold up?

We are seeing more and more extreme weather events with large humanitarian impacts. IFRC’s World Disasters Report 2020, titled “Come Heat or High Water”, notes that in the last ten years, 83% of all disasters triggered by natural hazards were caused by extreme weather and climate-related events such as floods, storms and heatwaves. These have claimed more than 410,000 lives mostly in low and lower middle-income countries.
Humanitarian needs are on the rise and will continue to increase. The latest Global Humanitarian Overview indicates that in 2021, 235 million people will need humanitarian assistance and protection. This means that by next year, 1 in 33 people worldwide will need humanitarian assistance. The IFRC’s Cost of Doing Nothing Report predicts that by 2050, 200 million people every year could need international humanitarian assistance due to climate-related disasters and their impacts, costing more than $20 billion per year in additional assistance.
The most vulnerable people - those who do not have the resources to protect themselves from disasters and have no access to social protection – are hit hardest by the effects of climate change, especially with the compounded risks and impacts of climate related disasters. There is an urgent need to scale-up preparedness and align with early activities to prevent human suffering. Understanding the scale and compounding effects of climate-related disasters and global pandemics like COVID-19 is essential to have effective disaster governance in place.

This disaster governance needs to take a holistic approach which means an urgent need to assure humanitarian and development strategies synergize. Humanitarian work is currently ‘designed’ to apply band-aid solutions to a wider, more structural problem whilst development works through large, siloed projects. We need to find the appropriate links within the nexus approach and commit to stop competing, and rather collaborate efforts to one common goal: resilient communities globally, prepared for our future climate.

Our skilled moderator will engage the high-level speakers from UNDRR, the German and Malawi government in an insightful conversation about climate science, policy and action, and explore how the world can truly be ready to face imminent threats of climate change.”

Mami Mizutori
Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction and Head of UNDRR
She was appointed Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) in March 2018. She served for 27 years in the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in various capacities. Prior to joining UNDRR she was Executive Director of the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures, University of East Anglia, UK since 2011.

Dr. Bärbel Kofler
Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Assistance
In March 2016, she was appointed Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Assistance. She has been a member of the German Bundestag since 2004, where she has served on the Committee on the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, the Finance Committee, and the Committee on Human Rights and Humanitarian Assistance. Since 2017, she has been a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee. 
Dr. Maarten van Aalst
Director of the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre
He is the Director of the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre, the global reference centre on climate risk management for the international Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, working with a network of 192 national Red Cross and Red Crescent societies with 18 million local volunteers, as well as a wide range of partners including governments, development banks, UN agencies, private sector, civil society and academic institutions.

Dyce Nkhoma
Director of Risk Reduction
Department of Disaster Management in Malawi
Mr. Dyce Nkhoma has a Masters Degree in Education, Policy, Planning and Leadership from the University of Massachusetts, post graduate certificate in Humnitarian Leadership from the Deakins University.
He joined the Department of Disaster Management Affairs in the Office of the President and Cabinet in 2009 as a Principal Relief and Rehabilitation Officer responsible for assisting the implementation and monitoring of humanitarian interventions. In 2016 he was appointed as the Deputy Director of Disaster Response and Recovery responsible for planning and coordination of disaster response and rehabilitation and all humanitarian programmes. In 2021 he was appointed as the Director of Disaster Risk Reduction responsible for the planning, coordination and implementation of disaster risk reduction programmes.

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