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NEWS / Podcast: Dr Robert Glasser, Head of UNISDR: Disaster risk reduction and climate change
Category: Features


Image: Robert Glasser, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction (Photo by UNISDR; CC by SA-4.0)

By Will Bugler & Elisa Jiménez Alonso

To wrap up our monthly focus on the synergies between disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation, we revisit our podcast with Dr Robert Glasser, Head of UNISDR. 

Natural disasters take many forms, from floods, to landslides, from extreme heat to massive storms. Planning for these disasters used to be a matter of looking at similar events that happened in the past. However, climate change is beginning to change all that.

The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) estimates that 9 in 10 natural disasters are linked to the climate. With climate change, extreme events are becoming more severe, frequent and uncertain.

Recently the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 (SFDRR) has celebrated its first birthday. The SFDRR lays out ambitions plans to cut disaster losses – but climate change could throw a spanner in the works.

As the climate warms we can no longer rely on the events of the past to help us to predict what disasters will look like in the future. So how is the disaster risk reduction community responding to this challenge?