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Climate and
Disaster Resilience

Climate and disaster resilience

The changing climate and increasing exposure to disaster risks challenge Latin America and especially the Caribbean. Even though the region is responsible for a relatively low share of global greenhouse gas emissions, 12 percent, according to the World Resources Institute, it will be one of the most severely affected by temperature spikes. In Latin America, between 2005 and 2012, disasters caused the death of more than 240,000 people, affected another 57 million and resulted in losses equal to US$85 billion US dollars. Latin America and Caribbean is also the most urbanized developing region globally.

Our goals

UNDP works with governments, the private sector and civil society in the region to integrate issues of climate change, disaster risk and energy at national and local levels. Building resilience—or the ability to absorb external shocks without major social, economic and environmental setbacks—is a key pillar of our work, while ensuring that development remains risk-informed and sustainable.

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The decision praised Ecuador’s efforts and commitment to implement environmental initiatives and…

There is a large financial gap to fund biodiversity management and while better financial planning…

The conference was timely with the recent IPBES report calling for a profound transformation to…

For countries in the Caribbean, the challenge of strengthening resilience is particularly acute as…

In the Declaration, regional authorities agreed to: i. Expand universal social protection systems;…

UNDP partnered with sister UN agencies, NGOs and the private sector in the recovery process,…

The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), the International Federation for the Red…

The project assesses vulnerability to climate change in the areas surrounding the lake and proposes…

More than 19,000 people will be trained in disaster-resilient house building techniques.

By revamping coffee cultivation, producers are reforesting land and improving their living…

A program of land grants and farmers' training is helping Cuba increase its domestic food production…

As part of the recovery process, toolkits were distributed to improve the efficiency of handicraft…

For countries in the Caribbean, the challenge of strengthening resilience is particularly acute as…

It is important that this holiday season encourages us all to reflect on our habits—and not only our…

It was November 2017 and I had spent another hectic and eventful day working on the world’s most…

The Prime Minister of Dominica described living through the 2017 hurricane season as being on the…

Hurricane Matthew was the first Category 4 storm to landfall in Haiti in 52 years, creating the…

I love working for islands, and not just because of their nature, people and weather. Islands are…

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