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UN Global Assessment Report shows that the annual number of disaster events is increasing

Human activity is contributing to an increasing number of disasters across the world, a new UN report warns. The number of disaster events is projected to reach 560 a year by 2030. The Global Assessment Report (GAR2022), released by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) ahead of next month’s Global Platform on reducing risk, also reveals that between 350 and 500 medium to large-scale disasters took place every year over the past two decades.

The GAR2022 blames these disasters on a broken perception of risk based on 'optimism, underestimation and invincibility', which leads to policy, finance and development decisions that exacerbate existing vulnerabilities and put people in danger.

“The world needs to do more to incorporate disaster risk in how we live, build and invest, which is setting humanity on a spiral of self-destruction,” said Amina Mohammed, UN Deputy Secretary-General, who presented the report at the UN headquarters in New York. “We must turn our collective complacency to action. Together we can slow the rate of preventable disasters as we work to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for everyone, everywhere.”

The GAR2022 report entitled, ‘Our World at Risk: Transforming Governance for a Resilient Future’, found that the implementation of disaster risk reduction strategies, as called for in the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction agreed in 2015, had reduced both the number of people impacted, and killed by disasters, in the last decade. However, the scale and intensity of disasters are increasing, with more people killed or affected, in the last five years, than in the previous five.

Disasters disproportionately impact developing countries, which lose an average of one percent of GDP a year to disasters, compared to less than 0.3 per cent in developed countries.

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