Global Vulnerability

Global vulnerability, a term reflecting the susceptibility of societies and systems to harm from exposure to risks, is intricately connected to multiple Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It is most directly associated with SDG 13 (Climate Action) and SDG 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities), as vulnerability to environmental hazards, such as extreme weather events or sea-level rise, is a key consideration in climate action plans and urban resilience strategies. Global vulnerability also ties to SDG 1 (No Poverty) and SDG 10 (Reduced Inequalities), as poverty and inequality often exacerbate people's vulnerability to various risks, including economic shocks, health crises, and conflict. Furthermore, SDG 3 (Good Health and Well-being), SDG 2 (Zero Hunger), and SDG 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation) are inherently linked to global vulnerability, as access to healthcare, food security, and water security are critical in reducing vulnerability and enhancing resilience.

This article discusses the complex interactions between hazards and vulnerability

Problem: Within maternity care policies and practice, pregnant migrant women are regarded as a vulnerable population. Background: Women's experiential knowledge is a key element of woman-centred care but is insufficiently addressed in midwifery practice and research that involves migrant women. Aim: To examine if pregnant migrant women's experiential knowledge of vulnerability corresponds with sets of criteria of vulnerability, and to explore how migrant women make sense of vulnerability during pregnancy.

This chapter addresses SDG 10 and SDG 11 by examining social vulnerability and inequality globally and how that impacts the response to disasters.

Referred to as the ‘forgotten causalities’ of climate change (Cutter 1995), very few studies have examined the precise nature and magnitude of climate change impacts on children, let alone on the growing number of orphans and vulnerable children in Sub-Sahara Africa (SSA), where climate change is already expected to exact its worst humanitarian toll. This paper examines personal, familial, and contextual circumstances that arise when children lose their parents to HIV/AIDS and how these situations mediate exposure to the impacts of climate-related disasters.

This book chapter advances SDG 3 and 5 by explaining how maternal immunization prevents infectious diseases in the mother and infant during a period of increased vulnerability.