Global Partnerships story archive

COP21 Climate Conference a landmark success – but where do we go from here?

16 Dec 2015

Swiss Re's Group CEO and climate experts share their insights

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Swiss Re and partners to develop resilience bonds: a tool for country and city risk management

09 Dec 2015

Private sector leaders and members of the RE.bound programme have collaborated to design a framework for a new insurance-based product to generate capital for risk reduction projects. Swiss Re, The Rockefeller Foundation, RMS and re:focus partners explain that the resilience bond is designed to help manage the financial risk from catastrophes, while simultaneously promoting investment in infrastructure that mitigates physical risk.

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Closing the protection gap: tools to use before they're needed

05 Oct 2015

Recent natural disasters show the cost of these events in terms of lives and more. Our new publication Disaster risk financing: Smart solutions for the public sector highlights tools governments and other organisations can use to protect not just communities, but the people who live in them, before a catastrophe strikes.

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Quenching wildfire risk: Swiss Re/Johns Hopkins report examines new resilience measures

15 Sep 2015

While wildfire is a natural and important occurrence in the western United States, climate change has resulted in extended wildfire seasons, which are only expected to increase in severity and volatility. As California endures one of the worst fire seasons in the state's history, and the U.S. Forest Service is on track to spend over 50% of its budget putting out fires, it is clear that policymakers must consider new and innovative solutions to manage wildfire costs.

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Ramping up earthquake resilience in Istanbul

26 Aug 2015

Turkish Catastrophe Insurance Pool issues second catastrophe bond

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Ten years after Katrina: Can insurance play a part in getting cities back on their feet faster?

24 Aug 2015

With more than 1800 lives lost, over three-quarters of the city flooded and insured losses of almost USD 80 billion, Hurricane Katrina highlighted the need for better preparation in advance of major disasters. In the decade since she hit, the impact is still being felt not only in New Orleans, but around the world.

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Swiss Re China protects cotton farmers' yields in cold weather: first programme launched

12 Aug 2015

In July 2015 Swiss Re launched China's first low temperature weather index insurance (WII) programme for cotton. It has been designed as a pilot for Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps, a major farming group which reports directly to the Central Government of China.

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Swiss Re helps Florida prepare for the next big hurricane

22 Jun 2015

New risk transfer program supports the Florida Hurricane Disaster Fund in its efforts to build resilience in the US state.

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Insurance, an underestimated tool for sustainable economic growth in Africa

11 Jun 2015

Under the theme, "Then and Now: Reimagining Africa’s Future," the World Economic Forum on Africa brought together regional and global leaders from business, government and civil society to take stock of progress made over the last 25 years, share insights on the present landscape and identify innovative approaches to accelerate inclusive growth to bring about sustainable development in the future.

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Indaba: a Southern African tradition, a new way to meet for the insurance industry

03 Jun 2015

Africa is becoming a global growth engine, and the insurance sector can play a substantial role in supporting it. Indabas are one example of how Swiss Re is working to become the leading global reinsurer in the region.

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WEF Africa 2015: financial resilience key to sustaining Africa's transformation

03 Jun 2015

Keeping the momentum of growth through measures such as risk prevention and mitigation, infrastructure investment and more main topics.

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Request for proposal: modelling firms invited to contribute to new epidemic prevention and outbreak facility

22 Apr 2015

Swiss Re and Munich Re have been mandated by the World Bank as the partners to support the development of an Epidemic Prevention and Outbreak Coverage.

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2015 Global risk ambassador's briefing: closing the protection gap

17 Apr 2015

As individuals we encounter risk in many things we do. When risks overwhelm us we turn to our governments for relief, support and solutions. But what happens when government budgets are already under pressure, and the economy at large is impaired?

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Cyclone Pam triggers disaster risk payout to Vanuatu

01 Apr 2015

Island nation to receive USD 1.9 million from the World Bank's Pacific Catastrophe Risk Insurance Pilot, a project in which Swiss Re is a contributing partner.

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Expert Spotlight: Ivo Menzinger on why resilience pays out, and how insurance can help

12 Mar 2015

Menzinger details the messages Swiss Re will share at the UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) in Sendai, Japan.

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WCDRR in Sendai: looking towards a safer world

12 Mar 2015

The Hyogo Framework sets the stage for the UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan. And Swiss Re is ready to play a role.

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WEF Annual Meeting 2015 panel: closing the climate deal

26 Jan 2015

Can a global climate deal be reached by 2015? If so, how? Watch Swiss Re Group CEO Michel Liès along with former Mexico President Felipe Calderon, the UN's Christiana Figueras and other experts debate the question in the WEF debate Closing the Climate Deal.

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WEF Davos 2015: the new global context, and how the private sector can make a difference

19 Jan 2015

What does climate change, filling a trillion dollar infrastructure hole, and supporting 2 million African smallholders with natural disaster insurance have in common? More than one might imagine, and they all form part of Swiss Re's resilience agenda at the World Economic Forum's Annual Meeting 2015 in Davos.

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