Climate and disaster resilience

A changing climate and rapidly growing exposure to disaster risk presents the world with an unprecedented challenge. For developing countries, both less able to cope with the impact and more likely to be affected, the challenge is particularly severe. These countries face mounting losses from a range of natural hazards, from earthquakes and tsunamis to severe flooding, storms and drought. We face the threat of decades of development progress being rolled back and poverty becoming entrenched. Meanwhile, climate change cuts across society, from agriculture to health, energy to water resources.

Our Goal

UNDP works to integrate issues of climate, disaster risk and energy at the country level, and focuses on building resilience and ensuring that development remains risk-informed and sustainable. UNDP maintains a US$1.7 billion portfolio in climate change adaptation, mitigation and sustainable energy. Since 2005, at least $1.7 billion has been invested in disaster risk reduction and recovery.

Sanju Bhoi picks spinach from her floating garden in Totashi village, in India’s Odhisa State. In partnership with the Odisha government, UNDP is helping communities adapt to extreme weather events. Throughout the world, we lead UN efforts to combat global warming, with a $1.3 billion portfolio of climate change projects in 140 countries in 2014.more

Our Stories

UNDP in Azerbaijan

Managing droughts and floods in Azerbaijan

Climate change-related droughts will likely reduce water supply by 23% during the next 3 decades in Azerbaijan.more 

UNDP in Occupied Palestinian Territories

Gaza schools go solar

Bashir El Rayyes High School, which serves around 1,800 female students, is one of the four schools that benefited from a renewable energy generation project.more 

UNDP in Ghana

In Ghana, a victory for energy efficiency

With the support of UNDP and the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Government of Ghana launched a programme to encourage consumers to exchange their old refrigerators for new and efficient ones.more 

UNDP in India

Communities adapt to extreme weather conditions in India

In Dokhandapur village, a UNDP-AusAID partnership helped establish a rainwater-harvesting pond. Connected to a small filtration plant, piped water is now supplied to the village.more 

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Our Programmes and Initiatives

  • UNDP supports recovery after earthquake in Nepal

    On 25 April 2015, a 7.9 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal and northern India. More than 15 powerful aftershocks rocked Nepal within 24-hours of the initial impact.more 

  • Cyclone Pam recovery in Tuvalu and Vanuatu

    On 13th March 2014, a category 5 Cyclone (Pam) affected about 188,000 people and left 11 dead out of an estimated total population of 272,000 onmore 

  • Haiti: From recovery to sustainable development

    On 12th January 2010 a devastating earthquake hit Haiti. More than 200,000 people were killed, 1.5 million were displaced, and over 300,000 buildings were destroyed in the 7.0 magnitude quake. Since then, Haiti has successfully pulled through the humanitarian recovery phase and seen significant socio-economic gains.more 

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