About the United Nations Disaster Management Team
The United Nations Disaster Management Team (UNDMT) under the leadership of the UN Resident Coordinator works with diverse stakeholders, particularly key government departments, to integrate the objectives of Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation into broader development plans and programmes, including those related to agriculture and natural resources, urban and rural habitats, infrastructure and service delivery.
The UNDMT partners with and provides technical support to government, civil society organizations, communities and other relevant stakeholders in their efforts to address the challenges of hazard and climate change impact in supporting an effective Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction action to enhance community resilience.
In 2013, the UNDMT’s work has focused on four key strategies:
- Capacity building,
- Knowledge Management,
- Advocacy and Policy, and
- Humanitarian Action
Key activities include: support to the establishment of a National Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction in India, contribution to the post 2015 Hyogo Framework dialogue, conduct of a South Asia Regional Consultation on Climate Change Adaptation, support risk informed development planning trough a Multi-Hazard Vulnerability Mapping system and support to the development of national guidelines on Public Health in Emergencies, Community Based Disaster Risk Reduction, Urban Risk Management and School Safety. In response to the devastating floods in Uttarakhand, the UNDMT provided technical support to the state government in the transition to recovery.
The UN Secretary-General's message on the International Day for Disaster Reduction on 13 October 2013 provides an opportunity to recognize the important role that persons with disabilities can play in disaster resilience initiatives and policy planning.
Convened by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the UN Disaster Management Team brings together 12 UN agencies in India including APCTT-ESCAP, FAO, UNAIDS, UNDP, UNESCAP, UNESCO, UNFPA, UN HABITAT, UNIDO, WFP and WHO to improve the United Nation’s emergency preparedness and disaster response.