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With increasing urban challenges associated with impacts of climate change, risks from natural and man-made hazards, population growth, and urban densification, a focus on long-term resilience to ensure a high level of liveability is essential. Auckland has a vision and plans to be “a world class city where talent wants to live”. Therefore, the city ne…
In order to ensure that policies, plans and activities that are aimed at building resilience are effective, it is important that they are informed by the priorities of those most at risk. Local people have critical knowledge on the risks they face and only when this is utilised will policies, plans and actions to build resilience be effective. It is wi…
Vanuatu is one of the most hazard prone nations in the world and frequently tops the World Risk Report as the nation with the highest overall disaster risk. The devastation wrought by category 5 cyclone Pam (2015), the El Niño drought (2015/16), and volcanic eruptions in Ambae (2018), are but a few recent examples of disasters which have disrupted livel…
COVID-19 is both a health pandemic that is killing thousands and a socio-economic crisis that is threatening the welfare of millions. Although the pandemic affects people across all walks of life, certain groups are more impacted than others. This brief, developed by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific,…
Whether refugees living in overcrowded camps or jobless migrant workers forced to return home, the lives of millions of people in Asia-Pacific are threatened by the dangerous combination of displacement and the COVID-19 pandemic.  This brief, developed by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, highlights t…
Less than a month after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a global pandemic, Category 5 Tropical Cyclone Harold slammed into Vanuatu devastating large parts of this Pacific small island developing state. As several other countries in the Asia-Pacific region enter their cyclone, drought, heatwaves or monsoon seasons, the potential for…
This report explores multiple and protracted displacements caused by natural hazard-related disasters in Asia-Pacific, including those influenced by climate change and climate variability. It unearths the underlying risk drivers of natural hazard-related disaster displacement and the factors that influence whether these disaster displacements become mul…