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IISD encourages support for those affected by Hurricane Matthew

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“Our thoughts are with the people of Haiti, Jamaica, and others in the region whose lives have been impacted by Hurricane Matthew,” said Anne Hammill, director of IISD's Resilience program. “We are deeply saddened at the loss of life and destruction of homes.”

“While it is not possible to attribute any single weather event to climate change, scientists have consistently warned that global warming will make this type of extreme weather event more frequent and more intense,” she continued. “It is vital that the international community rally to support vulnerable countries and communities to build their resilience to climate risks.”

Globally, the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that between 2003-2013, natural hazards and disasters in developing countries affected more than 1.9 billion people and caused over USD 494 billion in damage.

To assist disaster relief in the region, donations are being accepted by UNICEF, Oxfam and the Red Cross.


About the International Institute for Sustainable Development

Established in 1990, the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) is a non-partisan, charitable organization specializing in policy research and analysis, and information exchange. Through their head office in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada and their branches in Ottawa, New York, and Geneva, the Institute champions sustainable development around the world through innovation, partnerships, research and communications. It is dedicated to engaging decision-makers in business, government, non-government organizations and academia on issues around economic and legal frameworks, energy and climate change, water, resilience, and knowledge.

For more information, please contact: Sumeep Bath at sbath@iisd.ca or +1 (204) 958 7700 ext. 740

IISD contributes to sustainable development by advancing policy recommendations on international trade and investment, economic policy, climate change and energy, natural and social capital, and the enabling role of communication technologies in these areas.