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Change people’s lives - from delivering aid to ending need

Ending need requires the reinforcement of local systems, the anticipation of crises and transcendence of the humanitarian-development divide.


T he Sustainable Development Goals constitute a new era in national and international cooperation and provide a comprehensive, transformational 15 -year results framework for all actors working to meet the needs of people. Success will now be defined by the achievement of measurable reductions in people’s risk and vulnerability and their ability to become more self-reliant rather than simply attain basic needs for years on end. This will put people and their humanity at the centre of all our efforts.

C onflict and fragility remain the biggest threats to human development. Nearly 1.4 billion people live in fragile situations and that population is projected to grow to 1.9 billion by 2030. Almost two thirds of countries in fragility have failed to meet the goal of halving poverty by 2015. By 2030, around 62 per cent of the world’s poor are expected to be living in fragile situations, up from 43 per cent today. States experiencing fragility are also more vulnerable to the impact of internal and external shocks, including conflict and natural hazards.

T he impact of natural hazards on development is staggering. Future annual losses owing to natural disasters are estimated at $314 billion in built environments; however, they are particularly devastating for people’s long-term development in low- and middle-income countries that are struggling to maintain public infrastructure and services and for small island developing States, where a single event can devastate economic activity for the whole country. Without urgent action, increased disaster risk, fuelled by climate change, threatens to reach a tipping point where the effort and resources necessary to reduce it will exceed the capacity of future generations.

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