International Day for Disaster Reduction

13 Oct 2012

In the last decade, almost one million people have been killed by disasters and more than one trillion dollars have been lost. Yet only 1% of international aid is spent to minimise the impact of these disasters.

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  • UNDP in Nepal

    Nepal: Bamboo keeps villagers dry

    “When my village floods, which it does almost annually, we never know how bad it will get. Some people lose their whole house, most will losemore

  • UNDP in Armenia

    Reducing the risk of disaster in Armenia

    Hovhannes Arakelyan has witnessed hundreds of floods in his remote village of Sipanik, in Western Armenia. "I have seen smashed roads, houses, and crops, and disastersmore

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Act Now, Save Later: new UN social media campaign launched

Each dollar invested in disaster preparedness, saves seven dollars in recovery New York— A new social media campaign launched by two United Nations bodies calls on member states to boost funding for disaster preparedness in order to significantly reduce the often devastating economic impact that flomore

As crises undermine development, opportunities for transformation often coexist, says UNDP report

Despite progress in preventing conflicts and disasters  last year, many countries still face chronic crises and often remain mired in poverty. "In many places around the world where conflicts and disasters escalated in 2012, we saw how crises can undermine development investment and causemore

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Putting Resilience at the Heart of Development

Disasters cause human suffering, environmental and economic harm, and set back progress on eliminating poverty.

Fast Facts: Disaster Risk Reduction & Recovery

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