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standard Development, equity and environmental sustainability

A new report from the United Nations Development Programme argues that development, equity and environmental sustainability must be addressed together in order to tackle some of the biggest challenges facing the world today, such as poverty, rising food prices, deforestation [...]

2011 UN World Risk Index

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A World Risk Index was released earlier this month by the United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security in Bonn, Germany.  It uses four indicators to define countries at risk to natural disasters namely exposure, susceptibility, coping capacities [...]

The new UK Government Humanitarian Policy

standard The new UK Government Humanitarian Policy

A few months ago I featured the UK Government’s response to the Ashdown report, which sought to review the ways that Britain provides assistance to both slow onset and sudden crises, including both social (e.g. conflict) and hazard related (e.g. [...]

Countries at risk of paying the greatest economic costs for disasters

standard Countries at risk of paying the greatest economic costs for disasters

A new report has ranked 196 countries according to their levels of economic risk to natural disasters.  Published by Maplecroft, a private risk research firm based in Bath, UK, the report ranks countries according to their economic exposure to hazards, [...]