Training Workshop on Addressing Disaster Risks Specific to North and Central Asia, 25 September 2017, Almaty, Kazakhstan
Sustainable development goals in Asia-Pacific, the world’s most disaster-prone region, cannot be achieved without enhancing the capacity of member States for disaster risk reduction and resilience. Disasters in the region are quite diverse and many are transboundary in nature, such as floods, El Nino, droughts, tropical cyclones, earthquakes, tsunamis and sand and dust storms. When they occur, disasters tend to affect multiple countries and bring about cascading impacts that can have complex outcomes.
Developmental response to these natural disaster risks inevitably must take on board subregional specificities. For North and Central Asia sub-region, for instance, resilient infrastructure is important due to high seismicity which could hinder the achievement of SDGs. Therefore, risk-sensitive sustainable development strategies would need to be highly contextualised to the specific disaster risks in the sub-region. Better understanding of the subregional specificity would enhance the capacity of member States, particularly land-locked developing countries, to implement risk-sensitive sustainable development strategies, monitor the progress, and report their results towards pursuing the SDGs.
In this regard, the workshop is organized to enhance the capacity of member States to implement risk-sensitive sustainable development strategies in support of related sustainable development goals and targets in North and Central Asia.