Typhoons, floods, droughts, earthquakes and other natural hazards continue to cause massive loss of life and livelihoods. Over the last 20 years, disasters caused by natural hazards have claimed 1.35 million lives and affected on average 218 million people per year, mostly in developing countries. Economic losses now reach $250–$300 billion a year. With more extreme weather events due to climate change, these disasters are becoming more frequent and intense, with devastating humanitarian consequences. Yet the majority of today’s hazards are predictable, and therefore it is possible to prevent their devastating impacts.
The Global Partnership for Preparedness will support countries to reach an essential level of readiness, so that situations do not spiral out of control and development gains are not lost when hazards strike. The partnership will strengthen preparedness capacities initially in 20 countries, so they attain a minimum level of readiness by 2020 for future disaster risks mainly caused by climate change.
The new global partnership for preparedness is led by the Vulnerable Twenty (V20) Group of Ministers of Finance of the Climate Vulnerable Forum which represents 43 high risk developing nations in collaboration with UN agencies, including the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the World Food Programme (WFP), as well as the World Bank's Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR).