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EDITORIAL ANALYSIS : India can guide G20’s disaster management initiatives


Source: Indian Express


  • Prelims: Current events of international importance, G20, Global south, Inflation etc.
  • Mains GS Paper II & III: Significance of G20 countries, Bilateral, regional and global grouping and agreements involving India or affecting India’s interests.



  • The G20 under India’s Presidency has endorsed a new working group on disaster risk reduction.
  • India prioritizes disaster risk financing to achieve the targets set by the Sendai framework for 2030.




  • The G20 is an informal group:19 countries and the European Union, with representatives of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.
  • The G20 Presidency rotates annually: according to a system that ensures a regional balance over time.
  • For the selection of the presidency: 19 countries are divided into 5 groups, each having no more than 4 countries.
    • The presidency rotates between each group.
  • Every year the G20 selects a country from another group to be president.
    • India is in Group 2 which also has Russia, South Africa, and Turkey.
  • The G20 does not have a permanent secretariat or Headquarters.


Disaster and its impact :

  • There has been an increase in both natural and human-made catastrophes across the globe.
  • The 2021-22 Human Development Report shows that disasters exacerbate poverty and thwart development.
    • It generates social polarization across nations and communities.
  • The lack of competent financial risk management and insurance has provided a fertile breeding ground for risks to proliferate and intensify.
  • Annual disaster losses account for a significant share of GDP in many low-income economies.


What needs to be done to counter disaster risks?

  • States need to enhance their capacity to understand risks and integrate them into government planning and budget processes.
  • The insurance industry needs better regulation, legislation, and supervision.
  • Partnerships with the private sector need to be enabled to transfer sovereign risk to the capital markets
  • Financing for response, recovery, and reconstruction needs to be improved by shifting from ex-post to ex-ante mechanisms.
  • Scarcity of investment in a development-oriented approach that unites all parties into a transparent framework of action at the national level.


Common challenges with management of disaster risks:

  • Significant difficulty in collecting and analyzing data on hazards and exposures
  • The necessity of strengthening technical and institutional capacity for risk assessment and modeling
  • Achieving comprehensive coverage of disaster risks.


G20’s new Disaster Risk Reduction Working Group (DRRWG):

  • It has recognised the importance of prioritizing disaster risk financing.
  • By emphasizing the importance of disaster risk financing, the G20 can help governments worldwide to manage risk more effectively and ensure sustainable development.
  • The DRRWG will offer an extensive overview of disaster risk assessment and financing practices across a wide range of economies.
  • It can support the harmonization of definitions and methodologies for data collection and analysis to improve access to international (re)insurance markets.
  • The second DRRWG meeting in Mumbai will strive to create vital links between public and private actors’ investment and financial decision-making.
    • It will encompass a wide range of hazards and identify strategies to address them.
  • The DRRWG will strive to address all the key components of a comprehensive financial management strategy for disaster risks.
    • These include:
      • Encompassing disaster risk assessment and modeling
      • Affordable and comprehensive insurance coverage of disaster risks
      • Financial assistance and compensation for affected individuals and businesses
      • Risk transfer mechanisms, including catastrophe bonds and insurance for management of fiscal risks.


Way Forward

  • The IPCC’s Sixth Assessment Report highlights that a significant number of people live in areas that are highly vulnerable to climate change
    • The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction calls for substantial reductions in disaster risk and losses.
  • Bridging the gap between high-level objectives and practical investments remains a challenge.
    • The deliberations and consensus generated at the G20 DRRWG could play a significant role in directing capital flow towards investments that make societies and economies more disaster resilient.
  • The working group on disaster risk reduction’s addition in the Sherpa track of G20 will:
    • Help issuers, investors, and other stakeholders to identify and classify disaster-resilient investments and assets, and entities in a more effective and evidence-based manner.
  • By providing the screening criteria for investments in various areas — projects, assets, activities, entities.
    • The DRRWG could channel more capital towards disaster risk reduction investments
    • Creating new opportunities for innovation in sectors less commonly associated with disaster resilience, such as health, social protection, and natural capital.
  • The industry must incorporate material disaster risk into its investment decisions.
  • Move beyond treating disasters as singular events and adopt a multi-hazard approach, considering various emergencies and risks in financial decision-making.
  • By prioritizing disaster risk financing for the first time, the G20, under India’s presidency can convert good intentions into opportunities for investment.
  • India has extensive experience dealing with natural disasters and can lead in promoting awareness of the financial impacts of disasters.
  • India can lead the way in establishing a regulatory framework to enhance the financial capacity of insurance companies to cover disaster losses.
  • Through the DRRWG’s systematic and granular approach, the G20 will make a significant contribution to global efforts to manage disaster risks and build resilient economies and societies.



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