This information note is prepared by the secretariat based on two publications—Disaster Proofing Millennium Development Goals, and Disaster risk reduction: an instrument for achieving the Millennium Development Goals, brought out by United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) recently.
The present document outlines the secretariat's efforts to implement the Asia-Pacific Plan of Action for Applications of Space Technology and Geographic Information Systems for Disaster Risk Reduction and Sustainable Development, 2012-2017. The Importance of regional cooperation in deepening and broadening the applications of space technology and geographic information systems for disaster risk reduction in the Asia-Pacific region are also highlighted.
The dialogue on disaster risk reduction (DRR) relating to the development agenda beyond 2015 is taking place at global and regional levels and involves the key stakeholders, including ESCAP member States. The discussion so far indicates that DRR issues may be broadly reflected under the framework of resilience. It is notable that DRR issues are being discussed as an integral component of the development agenda beyond 2015. The United Nations regional commissions, including ESCAP, are providing the regional inputs into the ongoing global debate.
This information note presents a brief overview of the work of the ESCAP/WMO Typhoon Committee and the WMO/ESCAP Panel on Tropical Cyclones and their roles in climate information and services. Guided by the WMO Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS) the two organizations have been coordinating their initiatives and activities in the development and provision of relevant science based climate information and prediction for climate risk management and adaptation to climate variability and change.
The present document discusses the concept of end-to-end early warning, including its cost-effectiveness. it contains a brief overview of the ESCAP Multi-Donor Trust Fund for Tsunami, Disaster and Climate Preparedness in Indian Ocean and Southeast Asian Countries and the impact achieved by the Trust Fund since its creation in 2005. The Trust Fund's strategy for 2013-2016 is also outlined in the document. Finally, a number of issues that the Committee may wish to consider are presented in the document.
The present document contains highlights of the key challenges faced by the region due to climate-related disasters, and a discussion on how climate change may exacerbate the frequency and severity of these events. Issues relating to the synergistic relationship between disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation are outlined, along with strategies and policy measures to address the challenges that countries face when planning and delivering disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation programmes.
The present information note highlights key issues in taking forward the concept of resilience as decided by the Commission in its resolution 69/12 into evidence-based disaster risk reduction practices. This entails the need to develop parameters and indicators for measuring resilience and to improve the management of disaster data. An Expert Group Meeting on Improving Disaster Data to Build Resilience in Asia and the Pacific, held in Sendai, Japan, from 30 September to 1 October 2013, pointed to the need to develop core set of disaster statistics with the
The present document provides an overview of issues facing member states in the light of more frequent and serious natural disasters affecting Asia and the Pacific. These extreme events have devastating consequences on development. They also highlight the inter-linkage among economic, social and environmental factors in the development process, and thus result in the need to apply comprehensive solutions into development strategies.
Effective strategies for mainstreaming DRR & CCA into sectoral departments/ministries in Bangladesh was delivered by Mr. Munir Chowdhury, Bangladesh at the Expert Group Meeting on Strategies towards Building Resilience to Disasters in Asia and the Pacific, 26 November 2013, in Bangkok.