Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva is in New York today, where she is discussing the challenges of conflict and fragility with the directors of INCAF, the International Network on Conflict and Fragility, a body of the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC).
The gravest humanitarian crises in the world today rage at the cross-section of conflict and fragility: Syria, the Central African Republic, South Sudan. Meanwhile, not only poor countries experience fragility: the 2011 earthquake in Japan and the record floods that hit Europe in 2013 signal that even the rich and well-prepared are not immune. Climate change and population growth exacerbate the trends of fragility and the risks to development.
This makes it more important than ever that the international community comes up with measures to address fragility and manage the risks related to it. These measures will be in the focus of Commissioner Georgieva's meetings and discussions in New York today.