Webinar: How to make poor people less vulnerable to (climate change related) natural disasters

Submitted by Julia Barrott | published 6th Mar 2017 | last updated 22nd Jun 2020
"Unbreakable": Building the resilience of the poor in the face of natural disasters. Webinar with Stephane Hallegate (58 min).


Because natural disasters tighten poverty’s grip on communities worldwide, disaster risk reduction goes hand in hand with poverty reduction, and vice versa. A new World Bank report finds the impact of extreme weather on poverty is more devastating than previously understood, responsible for annual consumption losses of $520 billion and pushing 26 million people into poverty every year. Targeted resilience-building interventions protect poor people from adverse weather events and can help countries and communities save $100 billion a year.

This webinar focuses on the key findings of the new report released by the World Bank and the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) Unbreakable: Building the Resilience of the Poor in the Face of Natural Disasters. In the webinar (video above) Stephane Hallegatte breaks the link between extreme weather and extreme poverty, which underscores the urgency for climate-smart policies that better protect the world’s most vulnerable.


Stéphane Hallegatte, Lead Economist – Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, The World Bank

Webinar information

This webinar was originally held on the 14th March 3-4pm (CET). All were welcome to join.

The slides for the webinar can be downloaded here.