Australia and UNDP reaffirm partnership to help promote resilience and recovery in the Philippines

Mar 28, 2014

UNDP Administrator Helen Clark shakes hand with Ambassador of Australia to the Philippines Bill Tweddell after the signing of two new partnership agreements between UNDP and the Australian Government to help promote resilience and recovery in the Philippines. Credit: Jacqueline Hernandez/UNDP.

The Government of Australia and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) signed yesterday two new partnership agreements, reaffirming their commitment to help promote resilience and  recovery in the Philippines. The first agreement reaffirms their joint commitment to continue assistance to the Philippines in reducing people’s risk to disasters across the country, while the second agreement commits to working together to provide technical expertise to support typhoon-recovery efforts across the Visayas.

The two agreements were signed by the Ambassador of Australia to the Philippines, Bill Tweddell, and the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, Luiza Carvalho. The signing was witnessed by visiting UNDP Administrator, Helen Clark, and the Minister Counselor of the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Layton Pike.

UNDP has a long standing partnership with the Australian Government in promoting disaster risk reduction in the Philippines. Yesterday’s signing also reaffirmed this partnership with the Government of the Philippines in developing socio-economic and land use planning guidelines that integrate disaster and climate considerations, producing multi-hazard and risk maps and disaster risk information, and assisting local governments and communities reduce the impact of natural disasters.

The Australian Government and UNDP also
confirmed their intentions to support the Government of the Philippines’ Typhoon Yolanda recovery efforts by deepening their technical assistance partnership through the Australian Civilian Corps.

The Philippines is one of the most at risk countries in the world for natural disasters. Comprised of over 7000 islands, situated on the Pacific “Ring of Fire” and in the Pacific typhoon belt, the country ranks second in the world in annual risk to people from earthquakes and cyclones. It experienced 270 natural disaster events in the past two decades – more than any other country in the world.

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