How can flood resilience contribute to reaching the Sustainable Development Goals?

How can flood resilience contribute to reaching the Sustainable Development Goals?

How can flood resilience contribute to reaching the Sustainable Development Goals?

Disaster risk reduction and sustainable development are closely linked and interdependent. This short video from UNISDR gives a nice introduction to how the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction interlinks with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): 

Examples of how progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals is hampered by floods. Source.Floods affect more people around the world than any other hazard and therefore undermine countries’ progress towards reaching the SDGs in a lot of ways.


Achieving the SDGs will require a radical rethink of how we look at risks, including climate change impacts. More investments in disaster risk reduction (DRR), climate change adaptation, and climate smart, risk informed development are urgently needed.

Without this development gains are at risk of being lost in future disaster events. Any policies and strategies that national governments develop to achieve the SDGs must also incorporate climate smart, resilience thinking for floods and other hazards.

By incorporating resilient, climate-smart thinking into disaster risk management, climate change adaption, and development agendas, countries and donors can ensure that the SDGs are not undercut by the impacts of floods.

Any policies and strategies that national governments develop to achieve the SDGs must also incorporate climate smart, resilience thinking for floods and other hazards.

You can find out more about how floods are undermining progress towards the SDGs in the blogs No sustainable development without flood resilience and Let’s end this era of broken promises on climate change and water, to enable the Sustainable Development Goals.

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