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UNDP Administrator Speaks on Disaster and Climate Risk Management in Moldova

10 September 2010: UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark spoke at the presentation of the results of the Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) during her official visit to the Republic of Moldova, which followed the recent floods that affected hundreds of families and their livelihoods.  

Clark noted that the Republic of Moldova has made remarkable progress on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) indicators in the past years, but warned that the food, financial and fuel crises, along with climate change risks, will make development progress more challenging. She highlighted the recently launched initiative on Disaster and Climate Risk Management by the Government of Moldova in collaboration with UNDP. The initiative aims to strengthen risk assessment capacities through the establishment of a National Disaster Observatory, with a focus on reducing vulnerabilities and improving climate risk management capacities at the local level.

She further stressed that disaster and climate risk management principles need to be integrated into national development strategies, policies and planning processes to adequately safeguard lives and development infrastructure. She congratulated Moldova for being among the first countries in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) region to start with the elaboration of a Low Emission Development Strategy, indicating Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs), as requested by the UNFCCC. Clark emphasized that Moldova is a country prone to natural disasters, including droughts and floods. She stressed that the Government was prompt to react to the floods with the preparation of the PDNA, which evaluates the damages and losses in the short- and medium-term, and the reconstruction needs in the affected regions and sectors. The assessment estimates that US$75 million is needed to redress the situation, reduce vulnerabilities and build resilience. Development partners, including the UN system, the World Bank and the EU, are expected to continue to support the Government in this endeavor. [UNDP Administrator's Statement] [UNDP Europe & CIS Press Release]