Climate and disaster resilience
A changing climate and rapidly growing exposure to disaster risk presents the world with an unprecedented challenge. The Asia-Pacific region is paying a heavy price for manmade and natural disasters, which are negatively affecting the region’s human development. Any sudden shocks, including natural disasters or climate change, conflict, or financial and economic crisis, risk pulling down about 1 billion people in the region who live just above the extreme poverty line.
UNDP supports nations and their people in building resilience to shocks to help ensure that the development gains made are sustained. We contribute to putting risk reduction on the national agenda in countries and help to integrate community development, recovery, income generation, disaster preparedness and support to livelihoods into more coherent programmes.
A fallen palm tree on her porch, a result of cyclone Phailin in 2013, reminds sixty-year-old Sukumari Boi of how far she has come. In 1999, a super cyclone swept away her mud hut. But slowly and steadily, with the support of the government and local partners, she built back better. She proudly tells everyone, that as cyclone Phailin raged outside, her small but sturdy two-room home provided shelter to 60 villagers. Photo: UNDP India more
Explore our Microsite: Strengthening School Preparedness for Tsunamis in Asia-Pacific
Supported by the Government of Japan, UNDP is working in 18 Asia-Pacific countries to strengthen schools’ emergency preparedness. The partnership assists schools to assess their tsunami risk, design emergency procedures and evacuation plans, and carry out tsunami awareness education and safety drills in 90 schools across the Asia-Pacific region. #90Drills more >
With predicted record levels of economic growth of 20% for 2015, the country has a unique opportunity to leverage significant sustainable and equitable improvements of Human Development of the more than 7 million Papua New Guineans.more
Caption: The need of the hour is to ensure that the generously contributed aid is disbursed in a timely and transparent manner, and reaches people who need it most. Photo UNDP Nepal.more