Humanitarian Action and Disaster Risk Reduction: 2019 Annual Report

167.6 million people were estimated to need humanitarian assistance in 2020—a number expected to have increased with the COVID-19 pandemic, and the highest reported figure in decades. Refugee crises continue to increase in scope, scale, and complexity. Further, one in three people is exposed to earthquakes, one billion people in 155 countries are exposed to floods, tropical cyclone winds pose a threat to 1.6 billion people in 89 countries, and the impact of extreme droughts impacts 55 million every year. This annual report details key results UN Women achieved in 2019 in the areas of humanitarian action and disaster risk reduction in collaboration with UN and civil society partners.