Disaster risk reduction related to the development agenda beyond 2015, including issues pertinent to least developed countries and countries with special needs

Disaster risk reduction related to the development agenda beyond 2015, including issues pertinent to least developed countries and countries with special needs

 
Date: 
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Abstract

The dialogue on disaster risk reduction (DRR) relating to the development agenda beyond 2015 is taking place at global and regional levels and involves the key stakeholders, including ESCAP member States. The discussion so far indicates that DRR issues may be broadly reflected under the framework of resilience. It is notable that DRR issues are being discussed as an integral component of the development agenda beyond 2015. The United Nations regional commissions, including ESCAP, are providing the regional inputs into the ongoing global debate. In the specific context of the Asia-Pacific region — the world’s most disaster-prone region with a complex landscape of hazards, vulnerability and exposure — dialogue is ongoing in several forums. The present document contains the key outcomes emerging from these consultations. It is also highlighted in the present document that DRR issues are likely to be factored into poverty eradication, and sustainable development goals and targets. While considering the region’s specificities, the key issues and challenges in facilitating inclusive dialogue — and thus enabling the regional voice of member States to be heard while maintaining a focus on the regional dimensions of the development agenda beyond 2015 within the DRR framework — are highlighted in the present document. Of special note in this context are the region’s least developed countries, landlocked developing countries and small island developing States, which are all characterized by their acute vulnerability and their lack of resilience to disasters. In conclusion a number of outstanding issues related to integrating DRR into poverty eradication and sustainable development are highlighted for consideration by the Committee, including those in Commission resolution 69/12, which relates to enhancing regional cooperation in order to build resilience to disasters in Asia and the Pacific.

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