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Dialogue on Disaster and Climate Resilience in South Asia

Dialogue on Disaster and Climate Resilience in South Asia

Context:

UNESCAP South Asia and Pacific virtually organized a special dialogue on disaster and climate resilience in South Asia during the Fourth South Asia Forum on SDGs.

Details:

  • It was jointly organized by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) and the Government of Maldives.
  • It aims to scale up multi-hazard and multi-sectoral preparedness systems for future cascading disasters.
  • It highlighted that South Asian nations are facing challenges of extreme weather events like floods, cyclones, heat waves, cold waves, landslides, and drought as well as the COVID-19 pandemic and its recovery.

Objectives:

  • To identify opportunities and imperatives to overcome the challenges in implementing the systemic approach to disaster and public health risk management.
  • To formulate the strategies for capitalizing on existing regional and sub-regional cooperation mechanisms including the South Asian Forum on SDG.

Initiatives:

  • The vision for eliminating single-use plastics, expansion of forest cover, improvement, and restoration of 26 million hectares of degraded land by 2030 have already started yielding positive results.
  • India took the initiative for the coalition for resilient infrastructure and announced the global Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI), at the UN Climate Action Summit 2019.
  • India is also hosting the SAARC Disaster Management Centre which works closely with Universities of SAARC and BIMSTEC member States.

United Nations ESCAP

  • It serves as the United Nations’ regional hub promoting cooperation among countries to achieve inclusive and sustainable development.
  • It is the largest regional intergovernmental platform with 53 Member States and 9 associate members.
  • It has emerged as a strong regional think-tank offering countries sound analytical products that shed insight into the evolving economic, social, and environmental dynamics of the region.

Source: PIB