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Resilient recovery of graduating countries in Asia-Pacific: A multi-dimensional risk-lens

Organizer(s) United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Asia and Pacific United Nations Development Programme - Asia-Pacific Regional Centre
Resilient Recovery


Countries that are graduating from the least developed category often face the same climate and disaster risks they faced before graduation, while financing remains a challenge. Considering that development pathways that are not informed by disaster risks could inadvertently create new risks, graduating countries risk to lose their hard-fought development gains to disasters.

The LDC graduation process and COVID-19 recovery offer countries and development partners a window of opportunity to integrate disaster risk reduction into economic, social, and environmental development plans, to ensure economic growth and development are risk informed, resilient and sustainable, and help prevent the creation of new disaster risk during and after graduation.

This session will discuss how countries with the necessary support through international cooperation can achieve this, and share insights of graduating countries and development partners and experts.


Keynote Presenter

Secretariat of the UN Committee for Development Policy
Mr. Roland Mollerus


  1. Lao PDR
    Mr. Oula Somchanhmavong,
    Deputy Director General, Department of Planning,  
    Ministry of Planning and Investment
  2. Vanuatu
    Ms. Esline Garaebiti 
    Director General Climate Change 
    Ministry of Climate Change Adaptation, Meteorology, Geo-Hazards, Environment, Energy and Disaster Management 

  3. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
    Mr. Khursid Alam
    Assistant Resident Representative, Bangladesh

  4. Pacific Disability Forum
    Ms. Nelly Caleb
    Coordinator for Vanuatu Disability Promotion & Advocacy Association (VDPA) 


UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction
Mr. Marco Toscano-Rivalta
Chief, Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific  



Disclaimer: For the purpose of this event, UNDRR procures the services of Zoom Video Communications, Inc., an external service provider. Registration for this webinar is supported by the Zoom registration mechanism and does not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of the Secretariat of the United Nations concerning the legal status of any country, territory, city or area or of its authorities.


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