Natural hazards and their impacts have severe consequences. The poorest and the economically and socially vulnerable are those most at risk. With the growing threat of climate change, hazards are largely unavoidable. However, hazards only become disasters when coping mechanisms of communities are exceeded and they are unable to manage their impacts.
The United Nations is to convene a World Summit to set a renewed agenda to make humanitarian action beyond 2016 more effective, inclusive and global. This summit will take place in Istanbul, Turkey in 2016. Leading up to these summit consultations have been initiated across various regions to capture thoughts of stakeholders involved in humanitarian activities.
The presentation is throwing light on the disaster risk reduction and the future of Sri Lanka. The presentation focuses on the links for conservation, access to water to support life and the economy, protecting forests and plants, implementing obligations pertaining to the Paris Climate agreement.
As part of the disaster-prone South Asian region, Sri Lanka is particularly vulnerable to various risks. In light of the many frameworks that have emerged in the last year, discussing an integrated approach to resilience was essential. This included frameworks on disaster risk reduction (Sendai Framework), climate change (Paris Agreement), sustainable development (Sustainable Development Goals) and upcoming seminars on the urban agenda and World Humanitarian Summit.