Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies in Asia and the Pacific

Published on 28 Mar 2018


This report takes stock of the changing nature of risk in Asia and the Pacific, and the stresses, shocks and opportunities that are affecting a diverse region’s prospects for achieving the SDGs. It quantifies the effects of selected natural hazards, commodity shocks and pollution shocks on the region’s fundamental human systems. It highlights practical efforts being made by citizens, civil society, government and the private sector to build resilience capacities. It urges attention on the need to strengthen our ability to transform our societies if we are to achieve the SDGs.

The report presents a three-step approach for incorporating resilience thinking into policymaking to build resilience capacity as follows:   

  1. identifies risks;
  2. explores the potential impacts on human systems and vulnerable groups; and
  3. identifies policies and institutional responses that build these resilience capacities.  

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