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.
1. Executive Summary
1. Executive Summary
The dissolution of the Soviet Union, and the emergence of new states in Central Asia and the Caucasus created new political and security dynamics in these sub-regions. While the Caucasus was affected by the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, the threat of conflict over shared water resources continued to exist in Central Asia.
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”.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Representatives of United Nations agencies, officials from national and Yunnan provincial government institutions in China, researchers, and delegates from 12 Asian and African countries have urged greater South-South Cooperation to assist smallholder farmers to combat the adverse impacts of climate change.