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Climate and
disaster resilience

Protecting development gains

To achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and eradicate poverty and inequality, tackling the dual threats of climate change and disasters is essential. By building resilience and ensuring that all development is risk-informed, countries and communities can protect against losses and simultaneously boost economic growth, create jobs and livelihoods, strengthen access to health and education, and ensure that no one is left behind.

Zero-carbon. Risk-informed. Sustainable.

UNDP’s support to countries on climate change and disaster resilience is shaped by three important global agreements: the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, the Sendai Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction, and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. UNDP works with countries to help them reduce greenhouse gases and advance a long-term goal of zero-carbon development. At the same time, we work together with partners to adapt to the impacts of climate change, enhance access to clean energy, reduce the risk of disasters and, where needed, support resilient disaster recovery. Taken all together, these efforts are the path towards sustainable development that is risk-informed, zero-carbon and resilient.

$2.1 billion

INVESTED IN DISASTER RISK REDUCTION AND RECOVERY

Since 2005, UNDP has invested nearly US$2.1 billion to support better early warning systems, faster response times, enhanced policies and procedures, and long-term, resilient recovery.

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Following the colossal category 5 hurricane that decimated the Caribbean island nation of Dominica…

Statement to the 96th Meeting of the Development Committee.

Climate Change is Threat to Rich and Poor Alike

A senior UNDP team is now in Dominica to coordinate the UN-wide crisis recovery efforts, looking…

In the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca, UNDP is working with authorities to create a recovery plan…

Remarks for the opening panel at the UNGA High-Level Side Event “Collective private sector action…

Climate change adaptation specialist Yusuke Taishi helps communities in Tuvalu reduce the risk from…

World Humanitarian Day is held every year on 19 August to pay tribute to those who risk their lives…

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous…

The Sabana-Camagüey Ecosystem in the north of Cuba composes a mosaic of rich yet sensitive marine…

Santa Catarina Ixtahuacan in Guatemala is highly affected by chronic malnutrition. To fight food…

The Maldives, lowest lying country in the world formed by a chain of 1,200 island, is home to nearly…

This month the world marks two key International Days: one for the Eradication of Poverty on 17…

Last month, hurricanes Maria and Irma laid waste to the Caribbean islands of Barbuda, Dominica,…

“To deny climate change is to deny a truth we have just lived.” With these words, delivered at the…

In our age of conspicuous consumption and excess, it frightens us to know that one out of nine…

We live in a world of tenuous truths, shortened attention spans, competing priorities, and even-more…

In May, the World Bank issued the world’s first bond linked explicitly to the UN Sustainable…

The Impact Series showcases UNDP’s work across the areas of climate change, disaster risk reduction…

10 Things UNDP does in disaster risk governance.

UNDP’s disaster risk reduction (DRR) efforts help countries achieve the Sustainable Development…

Nearly half of the countries where UNDP works are prone to conflict, disasters, political…

Partnering with national governments, and working alongside local governments, NGOs, civil society…

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