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Taking urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

SDG 13 / Target 13.1: Strengthen resilience and adaptive capacity to climate-related disasters

Trend analysis of the official SDG data using the SDG Data Explorer Tool created by the Commonwealth Secretariat shows that the Commonwealth country worst affected by climate-related disasters, as a proportion of the total population, is currently Malawi where 36,317 per 100,000 people were so affected, according to the data for 2019. The Commonwealth country that has suffered the most over the reported period is Fiji. Based on the data that is available for 41 countries, the Commonwealth median for persons directly affected by disasters has worsened steadily from 73 per 100,000 in 2005 to 339 per 100,000 in 2019. Disasters, as defined by the United Nations, includes all manner of events from earthquakes and storms to epidemics.

Natural disasters have increased in frequency in Commonwealth countries

Source: EM-DAT: The Emergency Events Database РUniversité catholique de Louvain (UCL) РCRED РBrussels РBelgium

Natural disasters have increased in frequency in Commonwealth countries. Countries are at risk from changes in climate patterns and have witnessed increased frequency of natural disasters. Moreover, greater number of people are affected today than ever before.

Historical Comparison of Frequency of Natural Disasters between Commonwealth Regions

Natural disasters include droughts, earthquakes, flood, storms and wildfires.