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30 to 31 October 2017

Kathmandu, Nepal

The widespread monsoon floods and landslides that hit South Asia this year highlight, yet again, the need for the subregion to be at the forefront of building resilience to disasters. The ability of South Asia to reduce impacts from and build resilience to disasters for its most vulnerable populations will have important implications on achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The countries of Asia-Pacific adopted a regional road map for implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at the 4th Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development in 2017. The road map identifies priority areas of regional cooperation for the means of implementation and partnerships, as well as six thematic areas including disaster risk reduction and resilience that correspond to major challenges still faced particularly in South Asia. 

Against this background, ESCAP organized a training workshop, including expert group discussions on Addressing Disaster Risks Specific to South and South-West Asia. It was held on 30-31 October 2017 in Kathmandu. The Training Workshop was organized in cooperation with the SAARC Disaster Management Centre (SDMC), the Regional Integrated Multi-hazard Early Warning System (RIMES) and the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC).The event also included the media launch of the Asia-Pacific Disaster Report 2017 in the subregion. 

Full report:

Press release

Additional Documents


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Subregional Office for South and South-West Asia +91 11 3097 3700