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07 Dec 2018 description

ABSTRACT

The El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) is like tango, it takes two — the ocean and the atmosphere — to complete. This year, despite widespread above-average sea surface temperatures (SSTs) across the equatorial Pacific Ocean, the atmosphere has not yet responded. Therefore, only “ENSO-neutral” conditions have prevailed in the region so far.

Although the stage is set for the tango, ENSO may or may not materialize, or just slightly influence some parts of the region.

27 Nov 2018 description

Small island developing states (SIDS) in the Pacific continue to be hit by multiple disasters that can arrive in quick succession – often with cascading impacts that transcend national boundaries. In February 2018, cyclone Gita, for example battered many small islands developing States in the South Pacific and as well as large parts of Tonga, affecting more than 80 per cent of the country’s population. Between 2000 and 2016, disasters in the Pacific caused over 2,300 fatalities and affected more than 5.5 million people.

27 Nov 2018 description

What is policy coherence?

Policy coherence is an approach to policymaking that integrates all relevant policy fields to achieve common policy outcomes by maximizing synergies and eliminating trade-offs. It ensures that the Government of a nation ‘pulls in the same direction’ across all stages of policymaking and implementation.

From the perspective of disaster risk reduction and resilience, policy coherence requires that policies address the following dimensions:

20 Jul 2018 description

20 July 2018

Bangkok

A major report launched by the United Nations this week highlights the critical role E-governance plays in building inclusive, resilient societies in anticipation and response to the impact of disasters.

The E-Government Survey 2018: Gearing E-government to Support Transformation towards Sustainable and Resilient Societies highlights the complex challenges and varied opportunities of deploying e-government services.

08 May 2018 description

The Asia-Pacific Countries with Special Needs Development Report 2018 highlights the importance of sustainable development and sustaining peace for the Asia-Pacific least developed countries, landlocked developing countries and small island developing States, collectively referred to as “countries with special needs”.

25 Apr 2018 description

Foreword

Disaster risk is outpacing disaster resilience in Asia and the Pacific. It is the region most affected by natural disasters and accounts for half of global economic losses. By 2030, annual losses in the region are expected to be over $160 billion, which is close to 0.6% of the region’s GDP, up from 0.1 % in the 1970s. Yet only 8 percent of disaster losses are insured in the region. A large protection gap is growing as disaster losses increase.

24 Apr 2018 description

NEW YORK , UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

The side event "Innovative financing for disaster risk reduction in Asia-Pacific will be held on 24 April 2018, from 13:15 – 14:30 hrs., at United Nations, New York.

28 Mar 2018 description

Foreword

The year that preceded the publication of this report was marked by dramatic political, social, environmental and economic changes in many countries around the world. The theme of the 2018 High-level Political Forum, ‘Transformation Towards Sustainable and Resilient Societies’, is therefore deeply resonant for policymakers, citizens and businesses in a changing Asia-Pacific region.

31 Jan 2018 description

The High-level Regional Conference on Information Management for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Resilience opened today in Tehran with a strong focus on regional cooperation for combating sand and dust storms in Asia and the Pacific.

19 Jan 2018 description

The Asia-Pacific E-Resilience Toolkit offers insights into a spectrum of available ICT tools and best practices that may benefit policymakers in the Asia-Pacific region to enhance e-resilience and disaster risk management.

I. Introduction

07 Nov 2017 description

ABSTRACT

Preface

This handbook forms part of a series of knowledge products developed in collaboration with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) institutions and ASEAN member countries. The series is designed to increase skills and promote institutional development for countries wishing to embrace innovative space-based information in disaster risk management. The products can be used as training manuals and reference guides, addressing the needs of both geospatial information providers and disaster decision makers.

07 Nov 2017 description

ABSTRACT

Preface

This handbook forms part of a series of knowledge products developed in collaboration with Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) institutions and ASEAN member countries. The series is designed to increase skills and promote institutional development for countries wishing to embrace innovative space-based information in disaster risk management. The products can be used as training manuals and reference guides, addressing the needs of both geospatial information providers and disaster decision makers.

06 Nov 2017 description

The Asia-Pacific Regional Preparatory Meeting for the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, opened in Bangkok this week with a call for governments in the region to take action through economic, social and environmental policies to safeguard the rights and interests of all migrants, high- and low-skilled workers alike.

13 Oct 2017 description

Asia-Pacific countries have endorsed a set of collective recommendations and initiatives to promote regional cooperation and support the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on disaster risk reduction, at the first Disaster Resilience Week in Bangkok.

10 Oct 2017 description

UN report says natural disasters to become more destructive in Asia-Pacific without action on disaster resilience

Natural disasters are becoming more frequent and intense and disaster risk is outpacing resilience in Asia-Pacific, the most disaster-prone region in the world, according to the latest report by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).