Regional Cooperation in Disaster Risk Reduction

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As the regional development arm of the UN, ESCAP provides the intergovernmental platform for member States to address natural disaster challenges, discuss and adopt regional disaster risk reduction strategies that are integrated with an inclusive, sustainable development agenda for the Asia-Pacific region .

To that end, ESCAP provides member States with high-quality analysis, strategies and policy options in disaster risk reduction, including those related to climate change adaptation, technical assistance and regional advisory services, and facilitates regional cooperation towards a resilient Asia Pacific region. ESCAP work on disaster risk reduction has a socio-economic focus built on analytical and normative activities. With its multidisciplinary capacity covering various economic and social issues, ESCAP provides for a multi-disciplinary approach to disaster risk management and its integration with inclusive and sustainable development.

Building on the comparative advantages of existing mechanisms and frameworks of regional cooperation, ESCAP supports the greater synergy between intergovernmental mechanisms, encourages greater cooperation within and between the various subregions and regional cooperative mechanisms, and facilitates the expansion of benefits to other countries in the region, particularly countries with special needs.