Climate and disaster resilience

UNDP supports countries of the Arab States region to address the unprecedented challenges of climate change, increasing demand for energy and growing exposure to disaster risk. Due to the strong relationship between all three, we adopt an integrated approach to help countries protect their people’s lives and livelihoods from impacts of climate change and disasters, and mitigate drivers of climate change through more sustainable use of energy. We support Arab countries to manage risks to social vulnerability and build resilience of development results.

Our Goals

UNDP works to integrate issues of climate, disaster risk and energy at country level, and focus on building resilience and ensuring that development remains risk-informed and sustainable in the Arab region.


Sea-level rise could lead to the inundation of the region's lengthy coastal areas, where the majority of the population lives, and lead to significant structural damage. In urban areas in North Africa, a temperature increase of 1-3 degrees could expose 6-25 million people to flooding. Rising tides and further erosion are also a particular threat to the region's small-island states, as well as the natural and man-made islands in the Gulf. In addition, salt water intrusion could contaminate ground water, leading to severe land degradation and biodiversity loss.

Our Stories

  • Yasmeen from Gaza holding a piece of coal produced from agricultural waste through the UNDP project

    Turning Agricultural Waste into income in Gaza

    The agricultural sector in the Gaza Strip is the main source of livelihood for almost 40,000 farmers. It represents 12.7% of the labour force and produces approximately 300,000 tons of agricultural products annually. more

Projects & Initiatives

Arab Climate Resilience Initiative

The objective of ACRI is to support and build resolve among national partners and regional stakeholders to formulate integrated, cross-sectoral and regional responses to the challenges of climate change and to facilitate practical and cooperative adaptation to ongoing and future impacts, whilst furthering gains in human development in the Arab countries more


Response to the Crisis in the Gaza Strip

UNDP’s recovery programming goes beyond Emergency Funds, and is integrated with the Palestinian Recovery Strategy with the intention of ensuring sustainability of the recovery process and long-term benefits for the affected population. more


The Horn of Africa crisis

In Somalia, in spite of the security and access challenges, UNDP has rehabilitated essential agricultural infrastructure, including 80 water catchments that can store almost 380,000 cubic metres of water and 25 kilometres of canals more

Featured Publications
The National Climate Change Policy of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan 2013-2020

Jordan recognizes that climate change is a serious and pervasive threat to humanity. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the highest scientific body of the UNFCCC responsible for evaluating the risk of climate change, affirmed in its Fourth Assessment Report
(2007) that the “warming of the earth’s climate system is unequivocal” and that this warming is attributed to the dramatic rise in humaninduced greenhouse gas emissions since the mid-20thcentury.

Climate Change Adaptation Strategy and Programme of Action for the Palestinian Authority

The occupied Palestinian territory, as part of the Eastern Mediterranean, is subject to many serious changes in annual rainfall, mean temperature, extreme weather events and sea level rise as stated in the fourth assessment report by IPCC.