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DRR, resilience and sustainable development

We have seen that reducing exposure and vulnerability of the poor to disasters, and building resilient infrastructure can help to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Similarly, SDGs can contribute to reducing disaster risk and strengthening resilience.

The role of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) as a key development strategy is identified in the SDGs. SDG 13 is explicit about the urgent need to address climate change in order to achieve sustainability.

As we progress through this course you will see that historically siloed agendas of disaster risk, climate change and sustainability are becoming increasingly integrated. For communities to be resilient in the long term, it is important that we work together to reduce risk in a way that accommodates climate impacts and is appropriate and sustainable in the local context.

Your task

Choose a Sustainable Development Goal that is relevant to your own community where you live.

The goals can be found on the SDG Knowledge Platform.

Suggest an intervention that would address this goal in such a way that also reduces risks and considers long-term climate impacts.

Further resources

You may also find it useful to read the relevant sections from the following:

UNISDR (2015) ‘Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’ [online]. available from https://www.undrr.org/publication/disaster-risk-reduction-and-resilience-2030-agenda-sustainable-development [17 March 2020]

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Community Preparedness, Recovery and Resilience: An Introduction

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