Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Risk Management

From July to September 2010 Pakistan experienced some of the worst floods in history, affecting 18 million  people. UNDP was one of the first international organizations to respond.  Photo credit: Abdul Majeed Goraya/IRIN
People affected by Pakistan's floods.

In 1998 the UN General Assembly mandated UNDP to assume operational
responsibility for natural disaster mitigation,  prevention  and  preparedness.  UNDP is present in 166 countries and nowadays employs more than 200 full time practitioners covering all regions with special attention to the 60 highest risk countries. 

UNDP:

  • works closely with countries at risk of disasters involving natural hazards, assisting them in adopting new laws and policies and establishing new institutions addressing the need to anticipate and minimize the effects of disasters, prevent losses, and recover when disasters occur;
  • helps high-risk countries to build their ability to analyze, prevent and manage risks related to climate variability and change— droughts, floods, sea level rise and extreme temperatures— and define risk management solutions over the short and longer terms;
  • facilitates the integration of climate risk management and disaster risk reduction into broader national development and recovery plans;
  • implements community-level disaster preparedness and recovery activities such as contingency planning, early warning systems, and restoration of community infrastructure;
  • promotes the use of gender analysis to differentiate women’s risks, impacts and needs from those of men and encourages women’s participation and leadership in disaster risk reduction;
  • is the coordinator of the UN system for recovery planning after disasters, collaborating with the World Bank and the European Commission in integrating tangible risk reduction commitments into post-disaster needs assessments and recovery frameworks.
Did you know?
  • 85% of people exposed to disasters live in countries with medium to low levels of human development, compounding existing poverty and inequality.
  • During 2010 alone, UNDP provided support to 78 countries to strengthen their ability to reduce disaster risks and recover from them more effectively.