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.

As a result of better preparedness and prevention measures, the region has experienced a consistent decrease in the number of disaster-related deaths. Photo: UNDP in Dominican Republicmore

Our stories

UNDP in Haiti
In Haiti bricklayers build to save lives

More than 200 bricklayers and 60 engineers and foremen have been trained in earthquake-resistant building techniques.more 

UNDP in Dominican Republic
Dominican Republic: Ready to act when faced with disaster

Eight temporary shelters were provided, and 10,000 people were briefed regarding their location and facilities.more 

UNDP in Mexico
Helping Mexican villagers face disaster and climate risks

A UNDP-supported community project has helped as many as 900,000 in people Yum Balam prepare for future natural disasters.more 

UNDP in Haiti
Haitian women rebuild their lives one brick at a time

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

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