Workshop on Asia-Pacific Disaster Vulnerability - The Disaster Riskscape and Pathways for Resilience, Inclusion and Empowerment

23 Aug 2019
New Delhi, India
By invitation only

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) and the National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM) have a great pleasure to invite you to participate at the above workshop to be held on 23 August 2019 at Hotel Taj Ambassador, New Delhi. A tentative programme is appended below.

Asia and the Pacific regions are facing a daunting spectrum of natural disasters which are growing in frequency, complexity and severity due to climate change, rapid urbanization and environmental degradation. Many countries in the region could be reaching a tipping point beyond which disaster risk exceeds their capacity to respond. The most vulnerable communities are the hardest hit.

The UNESCAP’s Asia-Pacific Disaster Report 2019, assesses the scale of losses across the Disaster ‘Riskscape’ and estimates the amounts that countries would need to invest to outpace growing disaster risks.
While resilience building will require significant additional resources, the Report shows the amounts are small compared to the amounts that countries in the region are currently losing due to disasters. Similarly, the report explores how emerging technologies such as big data and digital identities can be used to ensure the poorest and most vulnerable groups are included in policy interventions. The report also proposes a set regional policy actions.

Findings and recommendations are of great topical relevance to India, a country identified by the report among the most vulnerable, currently recovering from the devastating floods in several States.