UNESCAP publishes report on protecting the most vulnerable from climate extremes and COVID-19 in South Asia

Report cover page. Image: UNESCAP.

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) has published a policy study concerning the impending climate risk scenarios in South Asia and their intersection with the COVID-19 pandemic. The aim of this report is to facilitate policy actions that could protect communities at risk as well as to lay the foundations of resilient recovery of the most vulnerable in South Asia. 


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Thu, 23/07/2020 - 11:50

Asia-Pacific Disaster Report 2019 highlights role of big data in meeting new climate reality

Cover of the Asia-Pacific Disaster Report 2019.

A new report warns that the Asia-Pacific region is not sufficiently prepared for a new climate reality marked by an intensification and changing geography of disaster risks that are becoming harder to predict. The “Asia-Pacific Disaster Report 2019”, a biennial publication by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), finds that slow-onset disasters – included for the first time in its risk estimates – account for nearly two thirds of disaster losses in the region.


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Mon, 26/08/2019 - 17:31

Geo-DRM, ESCAP’s innovative alternative against disasters in Asia-Pacific

NASA satellite imagery of Northern India on June 2013, showing rainclouds. This data could be combined by Geo-DRM system with other information to improve weather forecast.

Geo-referenced information Systems for Disaster Risk Management (Geo-DRM) is called the initiative launched by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) to support the world’s most disaster prone countries build their capacities to recover from natural disasters.

Geographic Information System (GIS) applications for early warning and multi-hazard risk assessment are some of the offers to be found on the portal.


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Thu, 10/09/2015 - 19:59

ESCAP: Building Disaster Resilience in Asia and the Pacific with Space Applications

Floods in China in 2013 captured by the Indian Radarsat satellite
Technical advisory service provided to the National Remote Sensing Center of Mongolia in 2013

The Asia-Pacific region is the most disaster-prone region of the world. It continually faces multiple shocks, transcending geographical boundaries and endangering communities and livelihoods. Building resilience to multiple shocks is therefore one of the most pressing challenges for policymakers in the region.


UN-SPIDER participates in Asia-Pacific Policy Makers Dialogue

Asia is the world's most disaster-prone region of the world

Recognizing the importance of space-based information for disaster risk reduction, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency JAXA jointly organised the meeting "Policy Makers Dialogue and Capacity Development for Disaster Risk Reduction and Management in Asia-Pacific".


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Tue, 30/09/2014 - 10:04

Mongolia: Space Technologies for drought and dzud monitoring and early warning

Satellite image of deserts in Mongolia

Recognizing the socioeconomic and humanitarian effects of drought in the Asia-Pacific region, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) initiated the Regional Cooperative Mechanism for Drought Monitoring and Early Warning, under its Regional Space Applications Programme (RESAP). The Mechanism is active in five countries: Mongolia, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Nepal and Myanmar. It provides space-base data, products and services to address gaps in monitoring and early warning for drought.


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Tue, 18/02/2014 - 12:25

UN-SPIDER Newsletter 1/14: Space Technologies in the United Nations

UN-SPIDER participates in RESAP and Asia-Pacific Year meetings

From 26 to 27 November 2013, UN-SPIDER participated in the 17th Session of the Intergovernmental Consultative Committee (ICC) on the Regional Space Applications Programme for Sustainable Development (RESAP) in Bangkok, Thailand. The meeting provided an overview of the work progress of RESAP during 2012-2013 and work plan for 2014-2015. It also discussed how to implement a Regional cooperative mechanism for disaster monitoring and early warning called ‘Drought Mechanism’.


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Wed, 04/12/2013 - 13:00

UNESCAP: Workshop on geo-referenced Disaster Risk Management concluded

Fires in Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam seen from space

From 20 to 22 February, ESCAP (United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific) held a regional workshop on geo-referenced disaster risk management information systems for South-East and East Asia, and the Pacific. The workshop was held in Bangkok, Thailand and attracted participants from Cambodia, China, Cook Islands, Fiji, Indonesia, Kiribati, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Philippines, Samoa, Thailand and Vietnam. Several UN agencies attended, among them UNOOSA/UN-SPIDER, UNITAR, UNDP, UNICEF and OCHA.

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Tue, 26/02/2013 - 08:39

Regional Workshop on Geo-referenced Disaster Risk Management Information System for South-east and East Asia, and the Pacific

This is event is available for participation on an ongoing basis

This meeting will be held from 20 to 22 February 2012 in Bangkok, as a follow-up activity to the Expert Group Meeting on Geo-reference Disaster Risk Management System in Asia-Pacific Region held from 15 to 17 February 2012 in Bangkok , and also an activity of the project entitled “ Improving Disaster Risk Preparedness in the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) Region ” which ESCAP is currently implementing .






20/02/2013 to 22/02/2013

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United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific

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