Japan welcomed a record high of more than 300 million foreign visitors in 2018, despite a series of natural disasters that temporarily shut down major airports, raising hopes that government's goal of attracting 40 million tourists annually by 2020 can be achieved.
United Nations Deputy Secretary General Amina J. Mohammed has warned about the growing costs of climate-related disasters and pointed out that in 2017 alone the direct economic costs of predominantly climate-related disasters were estimated at nearly $400 billion.
Children in areas affected by conflict and disasters are among the most vulnerable, the United Nations International Labor Organization (ILO) in warning on the World Day Against Child Labour, making a strong call for an end to the scourge, especially as children trapped in crisis risk falling prey to trafficking or being forced into hazardous work.
Aid agencies and donors must address the chronic neglect of millions of older people affected by wars and natural disasters when they meet this month for the world's first humanitarian summit, a charity said.
The UN on Monday detailed a doubling in weather-related disasters over the last three decades, a week before nearly 140 world leaders gather in terror-struck Paris to thrash out a crucial climate pact.
Ten years after Hurricane Katrina struck the US, nearly half of Americans still think the country has not learned lessons from the devastating storm and is not better prepared for future natural disasters, according to a new survey.
About 88 percent of the people affected by natural disasters worldwide in the past 45 years live in the Asia and Pacific region. Within the same span, the region has lost two million lives and $1.15 trillion, accounting for 56.6 and 41 percent of global disaster impacts respectively.
An international conference themed “Role of Youth in Protecting Health After Natural Disasters” is being held in Tehran from March 1-2, said the head of Youth Organization of Iran’s Red Crescent Society.
Governments need to plan better for rising migration driven by climate change, experts said, citing evidence that extreme weather and natural disasters force far more people from their homes than wars.