Climate and Disaster Resilience

A changing climate and rapidly growing exposure to disaster risk presents the world with an unprecedented challenge. For developing countries, both less able to cope with the impact and more likely to be affected, the challenge is particularly severe. These countries face mounting losses from a range of natural hazards, from earthquakes and tsunamis to severe flooding, storms and drought. We face the threat of decades of development progress being rolled back and poverty becoming entrenched. Meanwhile, climate change cuts across society, from agriculture to health, energy to water resources.

Our Goal

UNDP works to integrate issues of climate, disaster risk and energy at the country level, and focuses on building resilience and ensuring that development remains risk-informed and sustainable. UNDP maintains worldwide a US$1.7 billion portfolio in climate change adaptation, mitigation and sustainable energy. Since 2005, at least $1.7 billion has been invested in disaster risk reduction and recovery.

Radio saves the day in Bangladesh

Bangladesh has dramatically reduced its death toll from extreme weather events such as cyclones by shifting from disaster response to disaster risk reduction and early warnings. Photo: UNDP Bangladesh more

Our Stories

Firemen go through a mock earthquake drill. Photo: UNDP Kosovo.
Mock drills prepare Kosovo* for earthquakes

As the earthquake alarm sounded, students at the Selami Hallaqi primary school in Gjilan/Gnjilane, Kosovo, scrambled to take cover, hiding under tables and in doorways. Oncemore 

A UNDP supported scheme is planting bamboo and other trees to protect Nepali villages from flooding, landslides and in some cases, even wild animals.
Bamboo keeps villagers dry in Nepal

“When my village floods, which it does almost annually, we never know how bad it will get. Some people lose their whole house, most will losemore 

Climate & Disaster Resilience
The Waldo Díaz Fuentes Agricultural Production Cooperative (CPA) employs 18 women who are trained to grow agricultural products without harming the environment.
Adapting Cuban agriculture helps increase food security

“My day starts very early in the morning by checking if plants were not damaged during the night. Then we start weeding, hoeing and sowing themore 

Climate & Disaster Resilience
Community members work together to build the sand dam over the Lugulo River in Swaziland. Photo: UNDP Swaziland
As rivers dry up, Swaziland builds dams to harvest water

For the past century, Swaziland’s Lugulo River has supported the lives of the families and agricultural communities that live along its banks.    “We use this streammore 

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