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Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies in Asia and the Pacific

People across the Asia-Pacific region live with diverse and interlinked risks. These risks are related to increasingly severe and complex shocks to the political, social, economic and ecological systems that underpin human development. The impacts of such shocks often fall disproportionately on the most marginalized groups and communities, and so have the potential to undermine the region’s potential for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The region’s resilience must be tapped more effectively to deal with this complex risk landscape. Resilience enables individuals, communities and systems to survive, adapt and grow in the face of stress and shocks; to convert risks into opportunities; and to transform when conditions require it. This report presents a three-step approach for incorporating resilience thinking into policymaking to build resilience capacity. The approach: (1) identifies risks; (2) explores the potential impacts on human systems and vulnerable groups; and (3) identifies policies and institutional responses that build these resilience capacities.

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Field Value
Document type Reports, journal articles, and research papers (including theses and dissertations)
Language of document
  • English
  • Disasters and emergency response
  • SDG 11 Sustainable cities and communities
Geographic area (spatial range)
  • Cambodia
  • Lao People's Democratic Republic
  • Myanmar
  • Thailand
  • Viet Nam
Copyright Yes
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© 2018 United Nations, Asian Development Bank, United Nations Development Programme This work is available open access by complying with the Creative Commons (CC) licence created for intergovernmental organizations, available at: The CC licence does not apply to non-United Nations (ESCAP and UNDP) or non-ADB copyright materials in this publication.Photocopies and reproductions of excerpts are allowed with proper credits.

Version / Edition 2018
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Environment and Development Division United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific 5th Floor United Nations Building Rajadamnern Nok Avenue Bangkok 10200 Thailand

Author (corporate) UNESCAP
Co-author (coorporate) ADB, UNDP
ISBN number 978-92-9261-115-6
Publication place Bangkok, Thailand
Publisher UNESCAP, ADB and UNDP
Publication date 2018
Pagination 84
Keywords resilience,disaster risk
Date uploaded June 22, 2018, 15:05 (UTC)
Date modified June 23, 2018, 10:02 (UTC)