On 6 February, an earthquake shook south-eastern Turkey and northern Syria with catastrophic consequences. Well over 50,000 people lost their lives, thousands are still missing, towns were razed to the ground. The situation remains precarious. Many speak of a catastrophe of the century. Besides the humanitarian aspect, the discussion now also revolves around the question of how far one can protect oneself against the consequences of disasters and natural risks. What measures prevent destruction and losses?
Disaster preparedness, better risk management and poverty reduction are important keys. We at the Foundation are also working on these issues and trying to make a contribution through our projects. Our focus is on the risks posed by climate change, but the situation is comparable: the more resilient we form our societies, the fewer catastrophic impacts we will experience from natural hazards. In the case of climate change, the risk can also be reduced through efficient climate protection approaches.
Read more about how our projects contribute to disaster risk reduction and poverty alleviation and thus to sustainable development.
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International Conference on Inclusive Insurance 2023 – Call for proposals
The conference will take place in Ghana from 23 to 27 October 2023. Experts from over 50 countries will discuss ways to accelerate growth and economic sustainability in the field of inclusive insurance for emerging economies. The conference is hosted by the National Insurance Commission of Ghana (NIC), the Ghana Insurance Association (GIA) and the Insurance Brokers' Association of Ghana (IBAG) in collaboration with the Munich Re Foundation and the Microinsurance Network. The call for proposals is now open. > more
Energy with a future - Raising awareness of climate protection with workshops
The climate crisis is becoming increasingly tangible in Germany as well. It challenges us all: young and elderly people - in our professional and private lives. With the Energy School Munich workshops, the Green City e.V. association wants to raise awareness of the consequences of climate change at Munich schools and show career prospects in the field of climate protection and sustainability. > more
RISK Award 2021 "Strong roots, strong women", Vietnam
After two production cycles, the mangrove nursery we support has become established. 15,000 mangroves have already been successfully planted. Our partner CSRD is now exploring ways to continue funding the project. One promising approach is to attract funding from private sector companies who are looking for investment opportunities as part of their corporate responsibility activities. > more
RISK Award 2023 "Climate resilience and early warning" - Update
By 2030, everyone on earth should be protected by early warning systems. This is the demand of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the UN Office for Disaster Reduction (UNDRR). In this spirit, we are dedicating the RISK Award 2023 to this topic. By the closing date of 20 December 2022, we had received 202 applications from 72 countries - a strong indication of the relevance of the topic. You can find a short analysis here. > more
Learning Sessions: Inclusive insurance business models for Africa
The "8th Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Conference on Inclusive Insurance" will take place from 24-26 April 2023 in Nairobi, Kenya. The conference is hosted by the Kenya Insurance Regulatory Authority (IRA), the Munich Re Foundation and FinProbity Solutions. > more
2023 Climate Academy – Climate change and migration
In September 2023, we will hold a new Climate Academy together with UNU-EHS, IOM and UNFCCC. We will analyse issues related to climate-induced migration and, in particular, discuss the problem of planned relocation, which is already a major issue for some regions. Scientists and practitioners will develop recommendations. > more
Munich Re Foundation annual report 2022
We need to do more to combat climate change and reduce the vulnerability of low-income people in the global south to climate risks. You can read about how we at the Foundation are trying to make our contribution to this in our 2022 Report. > more
How do we want to live in the future in the face of global crises?
Prof. Xiaomeng Shen emphasizes in her essay that in 2015, the member states of the United Nations defined common goals for sustainable development and called for swift action. They made clear the importance of global cooperation and that the risks threatening humanity are interrelated across the board. > more
10 Positions of the 2022 Dialogue Forums - A Review
We all need to move forward more ambitiously and not see climate protection as a threat, but rather as an opportunity. Ten food for thought positions from the discussions of the experts at our Dialogue Forums 2022, which can show us the way to climate neutrality. > more