Resilient recovery of graduating countries in Asia-Pacific: A multi-dimensional risk-lens
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.
Secretariat of the UN Committee for Development Policy
Mr. Roland Mollerus
- Lao PDR
Mr. Oula Somchanhmavong,
Deputy Director General, Department of Planning,
Ministry of Planning and Investment
Ms. Esline Garaebiti
Director General Climate Change
Ministry of Climate Change Adaptation, Meteorology, Geo-Hazards, Environment, Energy and Disaster Management
- United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Mr. Khursid Alam
Assistant Resident Representative, Bangladesh
- 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