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.

Our Stories

  • 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

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 on more

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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