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Disaster risk reduction and recovery

Over the past decade more than 1.5 billion people have been affected by disasters that have cost at least US$ 1.3 trillion. Climate change, weak governance, and an increasing concentration of people and assets in areas exposed to natural hazards are driving disaster risk upwards, especially in poor and fragile countries. This poses a critical threat to achieving the SDGs and traps people in cycles of poverty and vulnerability, leaving them only more exposed to future disasters. From 2005 - 2015, UNDP worked with national governments, communities in support of risk governance in 125 countries.

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Nepal: With support from UNDP, Nepalese farmers impacted by the 2015 earthquake are able to harvest cardamom, allowing for increased income and livelihood support.
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Ecuador: Crews in Ecuador begin the process of demolishing damaged and unsafe infrastructure from the 2016 earthquake.
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Nepal: In order to build back better and ensure that recovery is risk-informed, safer building techniques are shared with local communities and masons following the Nepal earthquake.
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Philippines: A woman in Talcoban, Philippines supports debris clearing following Typhoon Haiyan in 2014. UNDP, the World Bank and the European Union subsequently supported the Government in post-disaster needs assessment and recovery planning.

In line with the goals and targets of the SDGs and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, UNDP supports actionable risk information to provide the empirical basis for disaster and climate and climate risk management interventions; strengthens disaster and climate risk governance through policy, legal and institutional arrangements that foster integrated solutions; supports disaster preparedness and early warning systems through monitoring and forecasting capacities, as well as the dissemination of warning messages for ‘last mile’ connectivity; and strengthens urban and community risk management capacities of local governments, municipalities, cities, rural district administrations, and grass-root communities.

Since 2005, UNDP has spent more than US $1 billion on recovery, providing technical and financial assistance for post-disaster recovery programming in 112 countries.  UNDP supports Post Disaster Needs Assessments (PDNA) as the first step towards developing a holistic recovery programme. By partnering with national governments, NGOs, civil society groups and communities, UNDP emphasizes the human and social aspects of disaster recovery that help people build back better, reduce risks and build resilience. 

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