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Bangkok - 26 Aug 2019

News Number: G/18/2019

Tsunamis, earthquakes, unprecedented flooding, heatwaves, cyclones, drought and sand and dust storms. Almost half of the 281 natural disaster events worldwide last year occurred in the Asia-Pacific region, including eight of the ten deadliest. The defining issue of our times – climate change – has further resulted in the intensification and changing geography of disasters, hitting the most vulnerable populations the hardest.

Against this backdrop, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) will hold its second Disaster Resilience Week from 26 to 30 August 2019. Themed “Building disaster resilience through empowerment, inclusion and equality”, the Week will serve as a platform for dialogue and peer learning to strengthen resilience and disaster risk reduction in the region, in support of the Sendai Framework and Sustainable Development Goals.

The ESCAP Disaster Resilience Week will focus on:

  • Regional cooperation in risk assessment and multi-hazard early warning systems
  • Disaster information and knowledge management
  • Applications of space technology and geographic information systems for disaster risk reduction
  • ICT for disaster risk management

Media representatives are cordially invited to attend:
What : Second ESCAP Disaster Resilience Week
When : 26 - 30 August 2019
Where : United Nations Conference Centre, Rajadamnern Nok Ave, Bangkok

Media Highlight
Wednesday, 28 August
09:00 – 10:00 : Opening of the Committee on Disaster Risk Reduction, Sixth Session
Officiated by United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of ESCAP Ms. Armida Alisjahbana; H.E. Police Lieutenant General Nadhapit Snidvongs, Vice Minister for Interior, Thailand; and H.E. Mr. Mohammad Qaseem Haidari, Deputy Minister for Disaster Management, National Disaster Management Authority, Afghanistan.

For the full programme, visit

Media Accreditation:
For media registration, please provide the following information in advance to [email protected] (First Name; Last Name; Nationality; ID/Passport Number; Email Address; Mobile No; Organization/News Agency; latest electronic copy of a passport-sized photo)

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