Disaster risk is outpacing resilience in the Asia-Pacific region, pushing many people in the region back into poverty. The countries with the highest exposure to disaster risk often have low capacity to mitigate them.
Disaster risk reduction is an integral part in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In particular, disaster risk reduction and resilience-building are targets in the following SDGs: Goal 1 (poverty); Goal 2 (hunger); Goal 11 (sustainable cities and communities); and Goal 13 (climate action). In this regard, the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)’s biennial Asia-Pacific Disaster Report (APDR) informs the implementation of these goals. Subregional APDR modules are also published for each of the five ESCAP sub-regions, namely East and North-East Asia, North and Central Asia, South-East Asia, South and South-West Asia and the Pacific to support the sub-regional discussions on sustainable development.