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UNDP works in some 170 countries and territories, helping to achieve the eradication of poverty, accelerating structural transformations for sustainable development and building resilience to shocks and crises.  



 We help countries to develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities and build resilience to sustain development results. 

We offer our expertise in development thinking and practice, and our decades of experience at country level, to support countries to meet their development aspirations and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and to bring the voices of the world’s peoples into deliberations.

 UNDP works to integrate issues of climate change, disaster risk and energy at the country level, and focuses on building resilience and ensuring that development remains risk-informed and sustainable.  UNDP’s disaster risk reduction efforts aim to risk-inform development in line with the goals and targets of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (2015-2030).

Disaster Reduction Goal:

Given the intricate linkages between disasters and development, the UNDP Strategic Plan 2018-2021 recognizes the need for tailored approaches in support of countries that are impacted by crises or faced with high levels of disaster and climate related risks. Specifically, UNDP works with country partners to:

  • Enhance access to and application of risk information
  • Strengthen risk governance through policy, legal and institutional systems
  • Strengthen preparedness and early warning systems
  • Support post-disaster needs assessment and recovery planning
  • Foster urban and community risk management 

Together, these efforts strengthen the long-term resilience of countries and communities. UNDP maintains 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.

 Capacity Development for Implementing the Sendai Framework:

UNDP supports capacity development for the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction through five key thematic areas of policy and programme support which are at the disposal of the CADRI Partnership:


Making risk information accessible in a simple manner is essential for risk-informing development policies and plans, and for enabling the application of the same by public and private stakeholders. UNDP’s work on Actionable Risk Information facilitates this objective and provides an evidence-base for disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation.

 Specific areas of UNDP support include capacity development for communities and national and subnational stakeholders so that they can conduct comprehensive disaster risk assessments. This allows them to identify the prevalent natural hazards, exposure of people, assets and livelihoods to these hazards, and related vulnerabilities. All assessments supported by UNDP strive to be climate sensitive, as well as sex and age disaggregated. UNDP also supports governments to institutionalize risk information systems and have access to standardized tools, methodologies and approaches that help gather, assess and communicate risk-information. This includes support for damage and loss accounting systems that inform the risk assessment process and meet the monitoring needs of national and international policy commitments.


The social, economic, and political decisions that determine exposure and vulnerability to natural hazards play a key role in the configuration of disaster and climate risks, providing entry points for UNDP’s work on disaster and climate risk governance. In support of national and local governments, UNDP provides technical support to strengthen policy, legal and institutional development that fosters greater accountability and integrated solutions for disaster risk reduction and climate adaptation.

 Specific areas of support include: capacity development for coherent DRR and adaptation policies; incentives for DRR and adaptation through legal and regulatory frameworks; embedding risk in national and sectoral planning and programmes; increasing public and private investments for DRR and adaptation; and ensuring DRR and adaptation solutions are gender-responsive.


Early warning and preparedness systems have the potential to significantly reduce the loss of life and livelihoods from disasters, simultaneously building resilience and supporting the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). UNDP’s work in this area supports countries with comprehensive multi-hazard early warning systems, as well as the development of medium and long-term forecasting capacities.

 Specific areas of support include strengthening effective coordination for effective dissemination of early warning and preparedness messages; technical capacities of forecasting institutions; building contingency planning capacities; improving policies to enable emergency response agencies (such as the civil defense, police, armed forces, red cross/crescent, search and rescue or municipal fire services) to respond to emergencies; community training and drills and linking traditional knowledge to science; and forging formal partnerships among ICT companies, government, civil society, and media houses—promoting innovative communication to share actionable warning messages with all stakeholders, ensuring ‘last mile’ connectivity.


Whilst efforts to mainstream disaster and climate risks into urban and community development plans have become more widespread, investments in both financial and technical capacities are still heavily concentrated on preparedness and emergency response rather than risk reduction. UNDP’s work on Urban and Community Risk Management seeks to address these challenges and help scale-up local pilot interventions by linking them with local development planning and budgeting processes.

 Specific areas of support include strengthening integrated disaster and climate risk management capacities of local governments and grass-root communities; expanding investments in risk-informed local and community development; providing know-how and technical assistance for implementing integrated risk reduction measures at local level; and supporting elected representatives of local government administrations to link with at-risk communities and citizens.


UNDP works with national and local partners to support recovery efforts that don’t just reconstruct pre-existing conditions but also addresses underlying risk and builds back better. This includes preparedness for recovery, early recovery, which helps facilitate the shift from relief to recovery; and long-term recovery, which encompasses the multi-year process of returning to sustainable development.

 Since 2008, the European Union, World Bank and UNDP have collaborated on Post-Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) and Disaster Recovery Framework (DRF) tools. These are intended to support national governments as they assess disaster impact and plan for a long-term, sustainable recovery. These tools streamline the post-disaster process, avoid the proliferation of multiple, competing assessments, and help develop a single recovery plan that emphasizes resilience and sustainability.

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CADRI Bulletin 2017

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