Developing National Risk Reduction Strategies: Words Into Action

In the twenty years between 1998 and 2017 sudden onset disasters killed 1.3 million people and affected another 4.4 billion. Geophysical events, such as earthquakes and tsunamis, were responsible for most fatalities. But climate-related events - such as storms, floods, droughts, heatwaves, and other extreme weather events - accounted for 91 percent of all disasters. These disasters reverse hard-won development gains and can wreck peoples’ lives in irreversible ways. Unless we take action, climate change will cause even more death and destruction. This 2019 Words into Action guide on Developing National Disaster Risk Reduction Strategies offers guidance for both policy-makers and practitioners to develop national strategies that will reduce the risk and build resilience.