Rio +20

20 years ago, world leaders and large organizations including the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), came together to discuss and agree the best way forward for a world beset with climate problems. This week, there is a second great coming together to assess the results of the last meeting and to plan ahead for an uncertain future.

Opinion: A message from the Friends of Rio+20 group

We must overcome urgent and interlinked economic, social and environmental challenges in the coming decades to create a sustainable development path. Over 1.4 billion people have no access to electricity or decent water; 900 million people are still hungry; we will need 600 million
jobs within the next 10 years; and research indicates that human societies are placing such pressures on the Earth’s environmental systems that we may soon move beyond safe natural boundaries. Read more.

Opinion: Rio+20: an opportunity to build the resilience of those who need it most

On June 20th, the much anticipated Rio +20 Summit on sustainable development will bring together a wide range of decision-makers from governments, the business world and the humanitarian sector. The meeting's ambition is important and huge:  to come up with ways to prepare ourselves and the world's most vulnerable communities for the impact of climate change and extreme weather. Read more.

Event: Local Action and Partnerships for More Resilient People and Communities

On the first day of the Rio+20 summit on sustainable development, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, in partnership with the government of Denmark, Ministry of Development Cooperation, the World Health Organisation and The World Bank, will be hosting a high level side event to explore the concept and practice of resilience. Read more.

The IFRC is taking the initiative to devote 10 per cent of budget from disaster appeals to help establish and support long-term resilience at international, national and community level.

Moreover, we’re calling on other humanitarian organizations and governments to follow our lead and put serious effort into helping individuals and communities prepare for disaster, reduce the impact when they do happen, and recover from the effects of a catastrophe without compromising their long-term prospects.

This is not, though, a simple issue. While we save lives, we must also to everything we can to strengthen the resilience of vulnerable people, by helping to eradicate the underlying causes of vulnerability. Poverty, disease, inadequate health care, sanitation services, poor housing, unstable food supply, discrimination and violence all have an impact on a community’s ability to adapt, endure and recover during a time of crisis.

Read more about the Red Cross Red Crescent and resilience at The Learning network blog or tell us more about your community's approach to resilience.

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