DISASTER MITIGATION AND THE UNITED NATIONS
The policy goals of UNDP/DHA
include specific attention to strengthening the ability of societies to protect
themselves from natural hazards.
The UNDP Country Programming exercise
offers an opportunity for UNDP to assess its potential contribution to
governments to help them develop their capacity for disaster management.
Such assistance may include specific
disaster mitigation projects but should also include incorporating disaster
mitigation into projects in other sectors.
Disasters are an international problem.
DHA and UNDP are important vehicles for facilitating international exchanges and
developing an international approach to disaster mitigation.
A key UN role is to help build the
national institutions which will perpetuate the mitigation program.
For hazards of regional impact, such as
earthquakes and drought, regional cooperation projects can be valuable in
building warning systems and sharing regional experience and expertise.
Knowledge in the field of disaster
mitigation is developing rapidly. UN funding is a vital means of bringing to
developing countries the new knowledge - both of the hazards and the means of
combatting them - that can make implementation programs more