The present document draws attention to the information and communication needs of early warning and disaster emergency response, discusses capacity gaps and reviews related experiences that have emerged from some of the recent major disasters in Asia and the Pacific. It also considers the potential role of innovative emerging technologies.
The present document contains a brief outline of the background, objectives, scope and operational principles of the ESCAP Multi-Donor Trust Fund for Tsunami, Disaster and Climate Preparedness in Indian Ocean and Southeast Asian Countries. It provides an overview of projects supported by the Fund and the results achieved. The document also discusses unmet needs in end-to-end early warning systems for the subregion covered by the Fund. It concludes with a number of issues that the Committee may wish to consider.
While it has been widely recognized that climate change will lead to an increased incidence of natural disasters in the course of this century, an international consensus on the reduction of emissions of greenhouse gases responsible for climate change has proved elusive so far. This is a key concern as such disasters severely disrupt trade and investment, which are wide acknowledged to be the engines of growth and development.
The present information note, prepared by the secretariat with a contribution from the Asia-Pacific Regional Centre of the United Nations Development Programme, provides a concise review of available international and national statistical disaster databases. It points to the need to improve the capacity to collect and analyse disaster-related data and statistics and to improve
collaboration between national statistical systems and disaster management authorities.
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.