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Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction for Poverty Reduction in Asia-Pacific

United Nations Asia-Pacific Regional Coordination Mechanism (RCM)

Thematic Working Group on Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience (TWG-DR3)

In line with the overall theme of the Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development this year “Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing Asia-Pacific”, the Thematic Working Group on Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience (TWG-DR3) of the United Nations Asia-Pacific Regional Coordination Mechanism (RCM) held a side event on 31 March 2017 on “Mainstreaming disaster risk reduction for poverty eradication in Asia-Pacific”.

Natural disasters are partially responsible for the flow of generations of people into poverty in Asia-Pacific region. When the poor are hit by disasters, their loss is two to three times higher than that of wealthier individuals. At the side event, speakers shared successes and challenges in mainstreaming disaster risk reduction in national strategies and policies for poverty eradication (SDG1), identified gaps and sought strategies to address them. A draft guidance document of the TWG-DR3 on the Coherence of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: Challenges, opportunities and strategies for the Asia-Pacific region was also presented and discussed.

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