The acceleration of global climate change and the increasing risk posed by a range of natural, environmental and technological hazards is one of the Caribbean’s most critical development problems. Climate change associated risks are magnified in the region, given the number of Small Island Developing States (SIDS), fragile resource base and limited development options. As one of the five key practice areas, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) is working to assist countries to prevent crisis and encourage recovery, making the integration of risk reduction into the human development framework an essential component. The Hyogo Framework for Action, approved in January 2005 as an outcome of the World Conference on Disaster Reduction, guides UNDP’s collaboration in this area and is a decisive step forward in putting disaster risk reduction on the international agenda.
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