Be prepared by reducing disaster and crises risk
Global warming of 2°C is likely to be exceeded during the twenty-first century. A warmer world would be riskier not only in terms of more frequent extreme weather and climate, but also the experience of systemic risks. Asia Pacific is the world’s most disaster-prone region. Countries here are close to reaching a tipping point beyond which – fueled by climate change – they are bound to exceed their capacity to respond.
Public health is a key driver of responses to the cascades of disasters. Hence, strengthening health sector resilience, its interlinkages with emergency response systems are key preparedness strategies for responding to major crises. This working paper reviews the existing practices related to health emergency, infrastructure resilience and smart ways of crisis response and prevention.
Another major lesson from the COVID-19 pandemic is to better anticipate and prepare for large-scale crises amidst uncertainties. The paper also highlights the enablers to this approach. It also presents strategic foresight for short, medium- and long-term and suggests a collation of regional and subregional actions to better prepare Asia-Pacific for major risks of disasters, climate change and pandemics.