Global climate risk index 2010

Extreme weather events are generally expected to increase in frequency and intensity due to global climate change. They have the potential to significantly undermine progress towards the
achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The Global Climate Risk Index 2010 analyses to what extent countries have been affected by the impacts of weather-related loss events (storms, floods, heatwaves etc.). In various respects, inter alia regarding the losses in relation to GDP or deaths in relation to population, less developed countries are more affected than industrialised countries. In terms of adaptation to climate change, it is important to note that many synergies exist between disaster risk reduction activities and adaptation. Through the establishment of an ambitious Adaptation Action Framework, a Copenhagen agreement can make a real difference to developing countries