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.
Information and communications technology (ICT) is an essential component of effective disaster management systems. It facilitates, among other activities, information gathering, processing and analysis, early warning and emergency communications. In the present document, the secretariat provides an overview of evolving trends and experiences with regard to ICT and the key role it has in supporting informed decision- and policymaking in disaster risk management.
The ESCAP-initiated Green Growth concept was recognized in the Ministerial Declaration on Environment and Development in Asia and the Pacific, 2005, which was adopted by the Fifth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Development in Asia and the Pacific in 2005, as one of the strategies for the region to pursue sustainable development.1 It could be seen as a strategy to promote win-win approaches and policies for reconciling any conflict between two important Millennium Development Goals on poverty reduction (Goal 1) and environmental sustainability (Goal 7).
The present document contains a discussion of the importance of mainstreaming the concept of disaster risk in the development process in order to address the challenges of disaster risks. It also contains an assessment of the prospects and constraints in mainstreaming disaster risk in the development process and a discussion on relevant strategy and policy options. The document puts forward the case for prioritizing social vulnerability to disasters and investing in social sectors as part of recovery and reconstruction efforts for long-term inclusive development.
The strategic framework and outputs proposed for possible inclusion in the programme of work for the biennium 2010-2011 for subprogramme 5, Information and communications technology and disaster risk reduction, is submitted for the Committee’s review and further guidance. It should be noted that indicative budget planning figures for the preparation of the programme budget for 2010-2011 have yet to be issued by United Nations Headquarters.
This is the Keynote by H. E. Yingluck Shinawatra, Prime Minister of Thailand, the Royal Thai Government, delivered by H.E. Mr. Woravat Auapinyakul, Minister Attached to the Prime Minister’s Office, during the World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD), held in Bangkok, Thailand on 17 May 2012.