Knowledge Note

"The Asia-Pacific Disaster Report 2019 presents a new analysis of the regional “riskscape” and pathways for managing the risk for Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality."

This Asia-Pacific Disaster Report 2019 shows how disasters are closely linked to inequality and poverty, each feeding on the other and leading to a vicious downward cycle. It assesses the scale of losses across the disaster ‘riskscape’ and estimates the amounts that countries would need to invest to outpace the growth of disaster risk. It shows the negative effects of disasters on economies in the region and where investments are more likely to make the biggest difference.

The report demonstrates how countries can maximize the impacts of their investments by implementing a comprehensive portfolio of sectoral investments and policies that jointly address poverty, inequality and disaster risk. It showcases examples from the region of innovative pro‑poor disaster risk reduction measures and risk-informed social policies that are breaking the links between poverty, inequality and disasters. Similarly, it explores how emerging technologies such as big data and digital identities can be used to ensure the poorest and most vulnerable groups are included in these policy interventions.

This Knowledge Note is a condensed form of a report from the Asia-Pacific Disaster Report 2019 . To access the full report, please click here.

To read the 2 page Executive Summary, please click here.

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The Asia-Pacific Disaster Report is a biennial flagship publication of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).