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UNDRR Asia-Pacific COVID-19 Brief: Combating the dual challenges of climate-related disasters and COVID-19

Source(s):  United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Asia and Pacific (UNDRR AP)

This brief, developed by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, Regional Office for Asia-Pacific:

  • Builds on early lessons from Cyclone Harold in the Pacific.
  • Examines ongoing prevention and preparedness measures at the national and local level in other high-risk countries.
  • Provides recommendations on how to address climate and disaster risk in an era of COVID-19.
  • Points the way forward with a massively reinvigorated localization agenda. 

Key recommendations include:

  • Enhance multi-hazard disaster preparedness efforts, including revision of SOPs and contingency plans;
  • Be proactive to reduce vulnerability from COVID-19 and from other hazards;
  • Prioritise integrated disaster risk governance;
  • Protect the first responders and frontline workers;
  • Support local action to prevent, prepare for and respond to disasters;
  • 'Game-change' the model of international assistance.

The recommended actions are:

  • Enhance multi-hazard disaster preparedness efforts;
  • Strengthen overall health system preparedness;
  • Proactively reduce the vulnerability from other hazards;
  • Plan specifically to protect older people and other vulnerable groups;
  • Prioritise integrated disaster risk management;
  • Protect first responders and frontline workers;
  • Support local action to prevent, prepare for and respond to disasters;
  • Use remote assessments and community feedback to determine humanitarian needs.



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  • UNDRR Asia-Pacific COVID-19 Brief: Combating the dual challenges of climate-related disasters and COVID-19
  • Publication date 2020
  • Number of pages 7 p.

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