Closing the Investment Gap for Risk Reduction in Asia-Pacific
By Kanni Wignaraja
UN Assistant Secretary-General and UNDP Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific
The series of earthquakes that have devastated western Afghanistan serve as a chilling reminder of the region’s vulnerability to disasters and the urgent need for risk-ready development and investments in Asia and the Pacific.
With the backdrop of an escalating climate emergency and explosive urban coastal development, the region is wrestling with increasing exposure to disasters that threatens to undermine post-COVID progress.
Photo courtesy of Direct Relief.