UNDP Around the world

OUR FOCUS

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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Pathway to Paris: Concert to fight climate…

Pathway to Paris, a climate change initiative focused on turning the Paris Agreement into reality,…

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Game of Thrones star dedicates birthday to…

UNDP Goodwill Ambassador Nikolaj Coster-Waldau has announced that all he wants for his birthday this…

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Japan pledges $1.5 million for tsunami…

Six years on from the Great East Japan Earthquake, the Government of Japan has committed funding to…

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UNDP responding to Tropical Cyclone Mora in…

UNDP is supporting the response to Tropical Cyclone Mora in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh and is ready to…

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Tegegnework Gettu: Statement to the Annual…

Statement to the Annual Session of the UNDP Executive Board. New-York, May 2017

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Magdy Martínez-Solimán: SDG 1 Preparatory…

'Ending Poverty: The Road to 2030' Copenhagen, Denmark

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Not a target

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

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10 things we should all know about…

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

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Small island, big results

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

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Feeding a family, nourishing a community

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

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Drones for social good

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

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A guilt-free holiday

Tourism accounts for 5-12 percent of CO2 emissions. Montenegro has a green travel solution for…

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Collective rights, the global commons, and…

This year’s International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples commemorates the tenth anniversary…

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Confronting climate change in South Sudan

The man-made crisis in South Sudan has pushed the country back on multiple fronts, hampering…

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Climate change policy from the ground up

When governments do not properly consider the link between policymaking and how the policy would be…

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Fighting climate change, one meal at a time

The kitchen has always been the most important part of the house for us – it is where we played as…

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What does ‘risk-informed’ development…

How to tackle various forms of risk – from extreme weather events to commodity price shocks, disease…

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Why prepare for disaster recovery?

When mega-hurricane Katrina hit the US twelve years ago, I remember staring in amazement at my TV…

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Impact Series

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

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10 Things to know about Disaster Risk…

10 Things UNDP does in disaster risk governance.

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UNDP Since Sendai

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

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Recovery Guidance Note

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

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10 Things UNDP does in recovery

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

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UNDP’s Response to El Niño and La Niña: From…

From recurring crisis to resilience: an investment case.

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