Blogs Label: Opinion

Why resilient cities are important to ASEAN's future

Opinion Author: Ashvin Dayal

To sustain ASEAN’s economic progress over the next 50 years, its leaders must commit to focusing on climate change.

Manila, where ASEAN leaders are gathering this week, is a reminder of the region’s remarkable growth, and of one of its biggest challenges.

The bustling Philippine metropolis epitomizes how 50 years of robust economic expansion has prompted unprecedented urban migration in Southeast Asia. But it also illustrates the vulnerability of the region’s booming mega-cities, many of which lay exposed to extreme weather events.   


For a more resilient world, promote women's leadership: expert

Opinion Author: Megan Rowling

Understanding better how women are affected by disasters, economic shocks and other crises is key to helping their communities ride out pressures including climate change, a top resilience expert says.

But putting them in the driver's seat to deal with the problems is equally crucial, she said.

Sundaa Bridgett-Jones, senior associate director with The Rockefeller Foundation, said women are often resourceful in finding ways for their families to bounce back from disasters.


It’s not easy to make people pay attention to something that is not familiar to them

Opinion Author: Maulana Mukhlis

From the educator’s perspective, teaching children is not as difficult as teaching adults especially in terms of achieving the teaching and learning goals. The ways adults behave are very much influenced by their extensive experience and habits, while children behave by imitating what they see daily, and mostly by looking up to the adults. This also applies in the context of increasing awareness and understanding of climate change.


Three ways of communicating to stop disasters happening

Opinion Author: Robert Glasser

"News coverage builds awareness of crises, drums up donations and connects the needy with people who can help.  But are we leveraging the full potential of media and communication to stop disasters happening in the first place?" The head of UNISDR, Robert Glasser, writes for BBC Media Action on how to leverage the media and communication to try and stop disasters happening in the first place. The media are viewed as important stakeholders in helping to reduce disaster losses as outlined in the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.


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