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07 Dec 2018 description


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


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.


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22 Nov 2018 description
job Closing date: 03 Jan 2019 UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific

This position is located in the Office of the Director, Statistics Division. The incumbent reports to the Director of the Division.


Under the direct supervision of the Director of the Statistics Division, and in close collaboration with the Economic and Environment Statistics Section, the incumbent is required to perform the following functions:

19 Nov 2018 description
job Closing date: 26 Dec 2018 UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific

The post is based in the Subregional Office for the Pacific (SOP) in Suva, Fiji. The Office provides a subregional platform that links the work of ESCAP and the needs of the Pacific island developing States in their efforts to achieve sustainable development.


Under the overall supervision of the Head of SOP, the incumbent will have the following duties and responsibilities:


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13 Sep 2018 description

The e-learning course on the Integration of the SDGs into National Planning was developed by UN ESCAP to support policymakers and sustainable development practitioners in developing strategies and plans to implement the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

13 Sep 2018 description

Water (-Hazard) Resilient (Infrastructure for ) and Sustainable Cities are cities that achieve safe and adequate water supply and sanitation services based on sound water-related ecosystems, high level of water use efficiency, and a greater urban resilience to water-related disasters (here Water-Resilient Cities). The framework of Integrated Urban Water Management, follows Integrated Water Resource Management principles, adopts eco-city, compact city and smart growth concepts and approaches in urban planning.

13 Sep 2018 description

The course on Wastewater Management and Sanitation has a Special Policy Emphasis on Decentralized Wastewater Treatment Systems(DEWATS) and is based on the respective Policy Guidance Manual (ref. at: