Crisis and development are highly inter-related. Recurrent, large-scale disasters and frequent localized disasters erode development gains and limit a countryís prospects for achieving the Millennium Development Goals. UNDP is one of the largest global UN agencies working in the area of disaster risk reduction, supporting high risk countries to achieve their development goals by reducing disaster risks and losses.
Conflict, instability, and natural disasters have detrimental social and economic impacts on the regionsí peoples and resources. For some countries in the Asia-Pacific region, the interplay between conflict and natural disasters adds complexity to recovery and stretches national capacities and resources. Crisis (conflict, political instability, disaster or violence) can set development back significantly with negative impacts on the livelihoods of the poor. In some countries, limited access to opportunities and discord between new and evolving traditional social structures, particularly in the Pacific can lead to high levels of violence. Exposure to such levels of violence combined with limited access to decision making processes, has reduced the potential for women to play a significant role in building peaceful and secure communities.
There is evidence that the frequency and severity of disasters is increasing in the Asia-Pacific region and, combined with other types of crises such as violence and conflict, will have negative cumulative effects on development goals and poor communities. Although there is incremental progress in risk management in the region, including increase in political commitment and establishment of new institutional arrangements, recent recovery programmes strongly indicate the need for serious attention to this aspect. In order to meet these challenges, accelerated efforts must be made to build the necessary capacities at the community, national and regional levels to reduce risk and sustain recovery.
UNDPís work on disaster risk reduction effort occurs at the national and sub-national levels, where UNDP assists the national and local governments in implementing disaster risk reduction activities. Over the past 10 years, UNDP has worked with national governments and communities in high disaster-risk countries. UNDP Country Offices have established working relationships with relevant counterparts, and have dedicated staff to anchor disaster risk reduction and peace building activities.
At the regional level, to contribute to the achievement of the UNDP Strategic Planís goals, the Crisis Prevention and Recovery practice in Asia-Pacific works to assist countries reduce risks to development and support post-crisis-recovery efforts. This means working with countries to scale up investment in disaster risk reduction through enhancing national institutional and legislative systems, replicating community-based disaster risk management, supporting better planning and implementation of disaster recovery, mainstreaming disaster risk reduction into development planning, support to building risk knowledge, urban risk management and, increasingly, climate risk adaptation.
What we do:
Promote economic recovery in post-conflict/disaster situations
Support countries develop information systems for evidence-based decisions making
Provide rapid and timely technical and financial support to countries following sudden crisis. This support includes:
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