Regional Cooperation in Disaster Risk Reduction

15,July, 2011 - Busan, South Korea - City view of Busan, South Korea's second largest metropolis after Seoul, with a population of around 3.6 million as of 2010: Half of the world’s population lives in urban environments. Most urbanites live in cities of fewer than 500,000 people. One billion people, one out of three urban dwellers are living in slum conditions today. Providing them with better housing and education will be one of the great challenges facing a world of 7 billion people and counting. Photo Credit:Kibae Park/UN Photo

As the regional development arm of the UN, ESCAP provides the intergovernmental platform for member States to address natural disaster challenges, discuss and adopt regional disaster risk reduction strategies that are integrated with an inclusive, sustainable development agenda for the Asia-Pacific region .

To that end, ESCAP provides member States with high-quality analysis, strategies and policy options in disaster risk reduction, including those related to climate change adaptation, technical assistance and regional advisory services, and facilitates regional cooperation towards a resilient Asia Pacific region. ESCAP work on disaster risk reduction has a socio-economic focus built on analytical and normative activities. With its multidisciplinary capacity covering various economic and social issues, ESCAP provides for a multi-disciplinary approach to disaster risk management and its integration with inclusive and sustainable development.

Building on the comparative advantages of existing mechanisms and frameworks of regional cooperation, ESCAP supports the greater synergy between intergovernmental mechanisms, encourages greater cooperation within and between the various subregions and regional cooperative mechanisms, and facilitates the expansion of benefits to other countries in the region, particularly countries with special needs.