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The Asia-Pacific Disaster Report 2015

Disasters without Borders - Regional Resilience for Sustainable Development

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The world's most disaster-prone region has witnessed natural disasters that affected development. Building resilience to natural disasters is crucial. Disaster risk reduction (DRR) must be integrated into national development planning. This report assesses the state of resilience in the region, and disaster-related goals and targets of the Sustainable Development Goals and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. It highlights drought and reviews information management that would equip many countries in providing the right information to the right people at the right time, paying attention to the need to integrate DRR into development planning and government. The goal is to build resilience towards achieving sustainable development.

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Executive summary: Disasters without borders - Regional resilence for sustainable development

The Asia-Pacific region is exposed to natural disasters of many types which each year kill thousands of people and wreak vast economic destruction - often striking a number of countries simultaneously. Reducing disaster risk therefore means combining concerted local and national action with effective regional cooperation. Countries across Asia and the Pacific have made some progress, but still have much to do - and must remain vigilant since rapid economic growth, rising populations, and burgeoning cities are exacerbating existing risks and creating new ones.

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