Featured event on “Disaster Risk Resilient Infrastructure for Sustainable Development”, Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR), Nov 2016

The building of quality and resilient infrastructure in the coming years will be thus a key determinant in preventing and reducing future disaster risk. In turn such risk sensitive investment will influence significantly the success of the Sustainable Development Goals. This is especially the case in Asia where trillions of dollars will be spent on new infrastructures over the next 15 years. Poor quality buildings, roads, power plants, nuclear facilities, telecommunication, public health facilities often result in the collapse of the structure during a disaster and a cascading negative impact on people’s lives and livelihoods because of the loss of such critical assets. The collapse of a building, loss of a bridge or the closure of a road or any such interruption in the function of critical infrastructure is a key parameter that turns a hazard into a disaster. As the rapid pace of development – and infrastructure creation – in much of Asia continues, it is essential that investment in resilient and quality infrastructure that prevents and reduces disaster risk is facilitated.