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

  • Bringing the land to life
    Mar 3, 2017

    For transhumant pastoralists in Kenya, sustainable land management is a comprehensive approach to address land degradation, with benefits for both the environment and the people who depend on it.

  • Heaven on earth
    Feb 7, 2017

    Mauritius is home to some of the most unique, rare and threatened animals and plants on the planet. Dedicated individuals and organizations have been working tirelessly to save these precious jewels for several decades.

  • Communities come together to protect water and biodiversity in Colombia
    Jan 27, 2017

    Working with community members and the local government, a UNDP project assesses vulnerability to climate change and proposes adaptation measures based on conservation of the ecosystems that ensure the water supply. The project seeks to expand and preserve the natural wealth of this site and improve the living conditions and economic well-being of local families.

  • Climate-smart water
    Jan 9, 2017

    Balancing the needs of some people in Sri Lanka, a UNDP project is working to revive the ecological balance that had been achieved in ancient times and ensure climate resilience well into the future.

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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 

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  • 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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