UNOPS committed to continue partnership with Bangladesh

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City Desk :
Country Manager of the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) Bangladesh Sudhir Muralidharan on Wednesday said Bangladesh’s journey in disaster risk management (DRM) is one of remarkable resilience and proactive adaptation.

“From the devastating cyclones of the past to the nuanced challenges of climate change, Bangladesh has embraced a comprehensive approach that prioritizes community engagement, early warning systems, and infrastructure resilience,” he said while speaking at a roundtable discussion with the theme, ‘Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Management across Multiple Sectors in Bangladesh’, reports UNB.

However, Bangladesh INFORM Sub-National Risk Index 2022, developed by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR), which assesses the risk of disasters at the district and sub-district levels found that all 64 districts of Bangladesh are at high risk of at least one type of disaster, said the Country Manager.

Muralidharan said the evolving nature of disasters demands continuous refinement.

“We must collectively address issues like urban vulnerability, climate-induced displacement, and financing the ever-growing costs of adaptation.

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We must adopt a holistic approach towards mitigation and adaptation, alongside undertaking initiatives, such as the health & property insurance coverage for the most vulnerable sections of society.”

“UNOPS Bangladesh remains committed to the continued partnership in Bangladesh’s journey towards sustainability,” he said.

UNOPS Bangladesh hosted the 7th episode of “SDG Café,” a monthly roundtable discussion series dedicated to addressing pressing development challenges and co-creating innovative solutions.

As part of our commitment to getting Agenda 2030 back on track, this episode places the spotlight on Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 11.

Bangladesh is a country that is highly vulnerable to natural disasters, said the UNOPS, adding that its low-lying geography, extensive coastline, and monsoonal climate make it susceptible to floods, cyclones, storm surges, and earthquakes.