Glossary Term

Slow-onset Emergency

A slow-onset emergency is an emergency that does not emerge from a single, distinct event but one that emerges gradually over time, often based on a confluence of different events. For example, in combination, global challenges such as climate change, food and energy price spikes, macroeconomic trends, irregular migration, rapid population growth, and urbanization are contributing to increasing vulnerability and humanitarian need, which may result in more slow-onset emergencies in the future.