The Pacific SIDS are among the smallest and most remote countries on earth with specific vulnerabilities for sustainable development. Climate change impacts along with the vulnerabilities stemming from the combination of physical characteristics, remoteness and poor infrastructure has a profound impact on development across all sectors in the subregion. For instance, the intersection of natural hazards like the volcanic eruption in Tonga, 2022 along with the COVID-19 pandemic led to prolonged health and economic disruptions in the region.
Noting these complex and systemic risks, the 2050 Strategy for the Blue Pacific Continent, adopted in July 2022, outlines key thematic areas for urgent, immediate and appropriate action. The Strategy aims to combat the above-mentioned threats to secure the wellbeing of people. Using the fundamentals of the 2050 Pacific Strategy, ESCAP’s report “Asia Pacific Disaster Report 2022 for ESCAP Subregions - Pathways for Adaptation and Resilience in the Pacific” is one of the first to provide analytics, solutions, and key recommendations to operationalize these strategic pathways in the Climate Change and Disasters and related areas of Technology.