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disaster resilience

Disaster risk reduction

Over the past decade more than 1.5 billion people have been affected by disasters that have cost at least US$ 1.3 trillion. Climate change, weak governance, and an increasing concentration of people and assets in areas exposed to natural hazards are driving disaster risk upwards, especially in poor and fragile countries.

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Peru: Airport staff and emergency personnel in Peru participate in the Get Airports Ready for Disaster (GARD) programme, an initiative by UNDP and Deutsche Post DHL aimed at easing and facilitating emergency relief.
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Macedonia: Students in FYR Macedonia participate in an earthquake simulation as part of disaster awareness and preparedness training.
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Bhutan: UNDP and the Government of Bhutan set up early warning systems and fortify embankments against Glacial Lake Outburst Floods (GLOFs), which can be caused by rising temperatures and erosion.
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Niger: Local women use a gauge to determine rainfall patterns and mitigate drought impacts. Part of a UNDP Least Developed Country Fund project on meteorological monitoring.

This poses a critical threat to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
UNDP’s disaster risk reduction efforts aim to risk-inform development in line with the goals and targets of the SDGS and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. Specifically, UNDP works with country partners to strengthen national and subnational policy, legal and institutional systems; foster greater coherence of disaster risk reduction and climate adaptation efforts; provide access to risk information and early warning systems; and strengthen preparedness and response measures. Together, these efforts strengthen the resilience of countries and urban and rural communities.


Four sub-sections:

  1. Actionable Risk Information
  2. Disaster & Climate Risk Governance
  3. Preparedness & Early Warning
  4. Urban & Community Risk Management

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