UNDP’s work presented at Workshop on SDGs Approach towards Building Resilience to Disasters and Climate Change

Feb 18, 2016

Policy Specialist at UNDP Seoul Policy Centre, Dr. Sarwat Chowdhury, presents UNDP’s perspective on SDGs approach toward climate resilience. (Photo: USPC)

Dr. Sarwat Chowdhury, Policy Specialist at the UNDP Seoul Policy Centre (USPC), presented UNDP’s work on climate resilience at a workshop entitled “Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Approach towards Building Resilience to Disasters and Climate Change” in Seoul.Dr. Sarwat Chowdhury, Policy Specialist at the UNDP Seoul Policy Centre (USPC), presented UNDP’s work on climate resilience at a workshop entitled “Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Approach towards Building Resilience to Disasters and Climate Change” in Seoul.

Ms. Chowdhury provided an overview of UNDP’s perspective on SDGs approach towards climate resilience, and discussed the interconnection between the climate change, disasters, and poverty eradication agendas and the need for inclusiveness in the sustainable development and green economy discourse. In relation to resilience, she also focused on ‘risks’ that are generated within development, and how, traditional disaster management efforts without consideration of underlying risks are not always effective in building resilience.

UNDP currently supports climate change related programs in 143 countries and territories, focusing on the three main elements of mitigation, adaptation and support for Low Emission Climate Resilient (LECRD) strategies.

The workshop demonstrated a growing interest of various Korean stakeholders in exploring climate and disaster resilience in the context of the SDGs. Participants to the event included representatives from the Executive Office of the UN Secretary General, the Korea Environment Institute and the Korea International Cooperation Agency.

The Workshop was organized by the Korean Society of Hazard Mitigation, and took place on 18 February 2016 at Sungkyungkwan University.