Sustainable Poverty Reduction and Natural Disaster
Risk Management in the Central Coastal region
UN ISSUES PAPER
Viet Nam is one of the countries globally most at risk of disasters and has been identified as one of 30 extreme risk countries due to climate change. At the same time, Viet Nam’s significant achievements in reducing poverty and lifting the living standards of the Vietnamese people now appear to be reaching their limit. Poverty is both a cause and a consequence of disasters and Viet Nam’s increasing vulnerability to disasters and climate change, and persistent challenges in reducing poverty and ensuring sustainable development make this nexus particularly important in the Vietnamese context.
The Central Coastal region is one of the most vulnerable to disasters and climate change in the country. In the context of the mid-year Consultative Group meeting held in Quang Tri, this paper focuses on the nexus between sustainable poverty reduction and disaster risk management and climate change adaptation, in particular in the Central Coastal region of Viet Nam. The paper highlights main policy messages, drawing on UN experiences providing programme and policy support to the Government in the Central Coastal region, and suggests main policy implications.
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