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Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction 2019

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The Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction (GAR) is the flagship report of the United Nations on worldwide efforts to reduce disaster risk. The GAR is published biennially by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR), and is the product of the contributions of nations, public and private risk-related science and research, amongst others. The GAR contributes to achieving the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development through monitoring risk patterns and trends, as well as progress in disaster risk reduction, while providing strategic policy guidance to countries and the international community. The GAR aims to focus international attention on the issue of risk and encourage political and economic support for risk reduction.

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Executive summary

Non-linear change is a reality and is threatening all three pillars (social, environmental, economic) of sustainable development. It is happening across multiple dimensions and scales, more quickly and surprisingly than previously thought possible. New risks and correlations are emerging in ways that had not been anticipated. Through global interconnectedness of highly interdependent social, technical and biological systems, human civilization has become a “super-organism”, changing the environment from which it evolved, and inducing new hazards with no analogue.

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