The biggest creditor to developing economies has been pressured to explore using such swaps to alleviate the debt burden of Asia Pacific nations, but is not prepared to write off debts without an internationally-agreed mechanism to navigate the complex negotiations.
With the looming climate catastrophe threatening to compound the effects of conflict and supply-chain disruptions, the international community must be more proactive in addressing humanitarian needs. By predicting risks and acting before events become emergencies, aid organisations can deliver assistance more effectively.
Myriam Castaneda Solares
Risk experts in Australia want to help communities, but are stifled by funding and resource constraints, as well as institutional inertia. More money should be put into not only disaster response, but disaster preparation.
Brian Robert Cook
Watch: Singapore researchers are trying to give banana skins and coconut husks a new lease of life in water purification kits that can be used in disaster situations. They could one day also be used in the manufacture of batteries.