Feeling the heat: How local businesses are responding to the climate emergency (CBi Annual Event)

A global climate emergency is upon us. The past six years were the hottest on record, and 2010-2019 was the hottest decade since modern recordkeeping began in the late 1800s. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reports that irreversible changes may have already been reached or passed. Climate change is driving new humanitarian needs and exacerbating and protracting those that already exist. At least 389 climate-related disasters were recorded in 2020, resulting in the deaths of 15,080 people, affecting 98.4 million others and inflicting $171.3 billion in economic damage. 

The private sector is an essential partner in preparing for, responding to, and recovering from climate-related disasters. Local businesses are leading the way in mitigating against climate risks and adapting to a world of more frequent and severe weather-related events. After all, building climate resilience is a matter of survival for businesses of all sizes, especially companies in countries at high-risk of climate-related disasters. 

Speakers

  • Jemilah Mahmoud, Executive Director, Sunway Centre for Planetary Health

  • CBi Member Network in Turkey: Mr. Arda Batu, Türkonfed 

  • CBi Member Network in Madagascar: Isabelle Salabert, Madagascar 

  • CBi Member Network in Fiji: Patricia Mallam, Fiji Business Disaster Resilience Council

  • Richard Wecker, Global Coordinator - Business & Community Resilience, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)

Moderator: Edem Wosornu, Chief, Strategic Planning, Evaluation and Guidance Section, Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)

 

The Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Weeks (HNPW) is the largest annual event on emergency preparedness and humanitarian response, gathering humanitarians from all over the world to share ideas and best practices. CBi is organizing public events on why partnering with the private sector is key to increasing localization of humanitarian aid, how local businesses are responding to the climate emergency (see details below), and integrating the private sector into anticipatory humanitarian action. Visit our HNPW 2022 page for more information and to find out about other hybrid public events.

Feeling the heat: How local businesses are responding to the climate emergency (CBi Annual Event)

10 May 2022 | 16:00 - 17:30 (UTC +02:00)
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Photo credit: OCHA / Viviane Rakotoarivony
Feeling the heat: How local businesses are responding to the climate emergency (CBi Annual Event)
10 May 2022 | 16:00 - 17:30 (UTC +02:00)