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GFDRR economist Paolo Avner has co-authored an article for the March 2021 edition of Journal of Housing Economics titled "Spatial distributions of job accessibility, housing rents, and poverty: The case of Nairobi."

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In continuing efforts to reduce the adverse impacts of natural disasters in Central Asia, the World Bank, together with partners including GFDRR, is launching a unique initiative – a multi-peril risk assessment of natural disasters, including earthquakes, floods and selected landslides.

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Today the World Bank Group and CES announced the winners of the Global Tech Challenge at CES®2021. The result of a partnership between the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) and the World Bank Group, the Global Tech Challenge was launched at CES 2020 to reward scalable and innovative technological solutions in three main areas: digital health in East Africa, resilience in India and gender equality around the world.

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The new UN Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review (QCPR) resolution includes for the first time a very strong and articulated paragraph on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR). The inclusion of DRR in the QCPR is an important milestone which ensures that the UN system’s support for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at the country level will be risk-informed and aligned with the Sendai Framework.

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Resilient Shores, a new report jointly developed by the government of Vietnam, the World Bank, and  the Global Facility for Disaster Risk Reduction provides an in-depth and multi-sectoral analysis of natural risks in coastal Vietnam.

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China's approach toward addressing these challenges is the topic of a recent World Bank knowledge note prepared in collaboration with experts from China's Academy of Disaster Reduction and Emergency Management at Beijing Normal University. The publication takes stock of China's recent efforts in disaster risk reduction and provides insights on what it takes to strengthen resilience at scale. 

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The COVID-19 pandemic has forced vulnerable communities to deal with multiple crises at once, including floods, cyclones and heatwaves. Charities say this as an opportunity to re-evaluate how to protect communities in a sustainable way.

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The World Bank Group will be live streaming the Agriculture Innovation Challenge for Southern Africa on YouTube beginning April 21, which also includes a live pitch competition.

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Tropical Cyclone Harold started on 1 April 2020 as a tropical storm in the Pacific region and rapidly strengthened on 6 April 2020 to a Category 5 cyclone. The cyclone, with highest winds of 220km/hr, struck the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji and Tonga and caused significant damage. 

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Representatives of ten municipalities in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), as well as their partners from the government of Switzerland and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), signed here on Monday a "Declaration on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) for Sustainable Development."