The Pacific is one of the most disaster-prone regions in the world. Disaster risks converge with critical socio-economic vulnerabilities, environmental degradation, climate change, and more recently COVID-19, making the Pacific a disaster hotspot. Annual economic losses from disasters in the Pacific Small Island Developing States (SIDS) more than doubled between 2017 and 2019.
UN Women in partnership with the Australian Government are implementing the innovative Women's Resilience to Disasters Programme (WRD) in the region. It aims to render the lives and livelihoods of women and girls resilient to disasters, including climate-related disasters and health pandemics, in order to contribute to sustainable, secure, and thriving communities. It is initially being piloted in Fiji, Kiribati, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu.
Explore publications, tools, women's perspectives, case studies, and expert insights focused on building women's resilience to disasters and threats in the Pacific region, in the collections below.
WRD experts from across the region, share their views on the underlying root causes of unequal disaster and climate risks and identify opportunities for change and emerging good practice.