This webinar is part of the World Economic Forum Sustainable Development Impact Summit 2021 agenda.
2020 will always be remembered for the pandemic, but for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, it was also the year where they responded to more disasters than at any point than over the last 20 years.
Disasters are particularly devastating in the Asia Pacific region, as risk exposure and vulnerability is higher due to growing populations and a significant proportion of poor and marginalised communities. Not only do they cause the unnecessary loss of life, disasters also hinder economic and social development.
With the combined threat of climate change and COVID-19, it is therefore important we build the resilience of communities and empower them so that they are prepared to handle such hazards. Technology innovation has a critical role to play in building understanding and operationalizing resilience.