Trends in Natural Disaster Response and the Role of Regional Organizations
Monday, April 22, 2013, 2:00 — 3:30 pm
The Brookings Institution, Saul/Zilkha Rooms, 1775 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC
Global demographic trends suggest that more people are living in areas vulnerable to sudden-onset natural disasters even as scientists predict that the frequency and intensity of these disasters are likely to increase as a result of the effects of climate change. These trends, coupled with recent high-profile mega-disasters like Hurricane Sandy and the drought in the Sahel, are raising global awareness of the need to build the capacity of national governments, civil society organizations and international actors to prevent, respond to and recover from natural disasters. The Brookings-LSE Project on Internal Displacement’s third annual Review of Natural Disasters outlines these major disasters in 2012 and key response opportunities, in particular the role of regional organizations. Although regional mechanisms are playing increasingly important roles in disasters, there has been remarkably little research on their role in disaster risk management.
On April 22, the Brookings-LSE Project on Internal Displacement will host the launch of its new reports, “In the Neighborhood: The Growing Role of Regional Organizations in Disaster Risk Management” and its Annual Review of Natural Disasters for 2012 “The Year of Recurring Disasters.”
Senior Fellow and Co-Director, Brookings-LSE Project on Internal Displacement
The Brookings Institution
Chief of External Relations and Partnership Section, United Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Director, Department of Sustainable Development
Organization of American States
Senior Information Architect, Global Disaster Preparedness Center
American Red Cross
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