26 Apr 2023

Addressing Climate and Disaster Risk in Humanitarian and Fragile Contexts

  • Date
    26 Apr 2023, 14:00pm
  • Location
    Geneva (CICG) / Online
  • Organizer


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Countries affected by protracted humanitarian crises and conflict often are among those most vulnerable to the impacts of disasters and climate change. These countries warrant particular attention and support, yet evidence suggests that this support is not yet provided in a coherent and structured manner. Disaster risk reduction, with its focus on understanding risk and its emphasis on reducing exposure and vulnerability, is critical for solid humanitarian-development-peace analysis and for effective programming across climate, disaster and humanitarian sectors. In a world where growing interconnected risks are constantly affecting the work of humanitarian actors, disaster risk reduction enables more systematic approaches to risk reduction, risk analytics, early warning, anticipatory action, and crisis management.

Under the UN Senior Leadership Group for DRR for Resilience, a number of core UN agency partners are working towards mainstreaming DRR into humanitarian action through a series of related activities including the delivery of risk informed planning workshops in countries with humanitarian response plans. 

This session will draw upon recent reflections and lessons learned from country level engagement in South Sudan, Madagascar and other settings to highlight progress made and potential opportunities for strengthening collaboration, financing and knowledge sharing on disaster and climate risk reduction in fragile contexts and across the humanitarian-development-peace nexus. Panelists and exchanges with participants on good practices will demonstrate ways of treating risk drivers differently, considering common analysis frames that address intersectional vulnerability. Session outcomes will inform policy discussions at the high-level meeting of the General Assembly on the Midterm Review of the Sendai Framework taking place in May 2023, as well as work on risk-informing humanitarian action at country level.


With the presence of:

  • Ms. Paola Albrito, Director, UNDRR
  • Mr. Peter van der Auweraert, Chief of Mission, IOM South Sudan
  • Member State representative (TBC)
  • Donor representative (TBC)
  • Stakeholder representative (entity and person TBC)


This event is part of the Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Weeks (HNPW) 2023 (17-28 April 2023)

SDG 13 - Climate Action