Natural Disasters and Humanitarian Assistance to 2020: Relief and Recovery on a Global Scale (Workshop)

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Council on Foreign Relations

A wide range of forecasts suggests that trends in population growth and urbanization, water scarcity, climate change, and other factors are increasing the vulnerability of large populations to storms, droughts, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and pandemics. Meanwhile, both governments that have financed comprehensive disaster relief efforts, and their private nongovernmental organization counterparts, are facing an era of contracting budgets. As part of the Making Multilateralism Work series, the International Institutions and Global Governance (IIGG) program at CFR sponsored a workshop on April 12, 2012, in Washington, DC, to gather experts on international cooperation and disaster relief from the U.S. State Department, Defense Department, U.S. Agency for International Development, the U.S. intelligence community, the United Nations, nongovernmental organizations, think tanks, and academia. What follows is a summary of the discussion, which was conducted on a not-for-attribution basis.