September 16, 2019
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United Nations Development Programme

Disaster Risk Reduction

Democratic Republic of the Congo 

Forest Hills Eastern

Tanvi Ravi


The destruction caused by natural disasters remains a looming threat globally. In a report from the World Health Organization, approximately 90,000 people die each year worldwide from natural disasters. Predicting and preventing these catastrophic natural disasters are two critical components that require further consideration regarding a resolution of disaster risk reduction. Most recently in 2015, the United Nations implemented the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. Although there is progress being made, a report made by UNDRR in 2019 states that “the pace of disaster risk creation is exceeding that of risk reduction efforts.” The Democratic Republic of the Congo encounters many natural disasters including droughts, volcanic eruptions, and floods. For example, the floods that occurred during 2018 in The Democratic Republic of the Congo affected 15,743 lives and caused the death of 51 people. For nations globally to be protected from the looming threat of problems caused by natural disasters, the United Nations must determine necessary measures to be taken when faced with natural disasters.


As a country that confronts many natural disasters, The Democratic Republic of the Congo empathizes and relates to the havoc and devastating effects that natural disasters have on a country. Attempting to prevent these natural disasters and managing the negative after-effects efficiently are both extremely important to The Democratic Republic of the Congo. Currently, the Democratic Republic of the Congo is creating the first disaster risk reduction policy with the UNDP. The National Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction and Prevention (SNPRRC) is a program that strengthens national disaster risk management, as well as promotes the effectiveness of disaster risk management to populations. The program is significant in reducing disaster risk in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. To aid nations in times of crisis, The Democratic Republic of the Congo wholeheartedly encourages the United Nations to support and promote programs that provide disaster relief, like the National Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction and Prevention. It is vital for the safety of people worldwide that precautionary measures are taken to help prevent disaster, and damage control steps are taken to minimize destruction. 

The Democratic Republic of the Congo proposes that the United Nations promote, fund, and develop disaster risk management programs in order to protect the global population from natural disasters. As a country that encountered numerous natural disasters such as floods, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, To subdue these devastating effects caused by cataclysmic events, the UN can implement training programs to prepare for these events and to provide monetary aid to nations after these catastrophic events. It is vital that the United Nations Development Programme rapidly implements relief programs to protect the people and economy of nations facing these disasters. A resolution that promotes predicting and preventing natural disasters will aid significantly in protecting people and economies around the world.

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