Understanding compound risks, shaping effective responses

The case of Syria

Climate change is increasing the number and intensity of humanitarian disasters around the world. With average temperatures continuing to rise and the growing awareness among the international community that disasters and conflicts are interrelated, it is now, more than ever, imperative to address climate change, disasters and conflict risks together, removing the silos that have hampered the effectiveness of the response. As this topic brief shows, nowhere is this made more apparent than in Syria. Addressing the linked risks of climate change and conflict will reduce the need for humanitarian relief, such as that around the refugee crisis, and can save lives and drive both peace and sustainable development. The World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul on 23–24 May provides a once in a generation opportunity to advance this goal.