by Stephen O’Brien
UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
In the ongoing battle to protect the world’s most vulnerable communities from the devastating effects of climate change, risk management is a weapon that offers new hope. As millions of people, from the Sahel to Central America, suffer the devastating impacts of climate-related natural disasters, it is clear that while climate change affects all of us, it has a disproportionately negative impact on the world’s most vulnerable people. While institutions in the developed world can access the resources and technologies to mitigate the extreme effects of climate change, many developing countries cannot.