CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT

Strengthening Capacities of Asia-Pacific Local Authorities to Build Resilient Societies through Disaster Risk Reduction in Sustainable Development Strategies (4-7 June 2019, Jeju, Republic of Korea) June 18, 2019
 
 
 
DPIDG, through its Project Office on Governance (UNPOG), co-organized a four-day training workshop with UNDRR and UNITAR on "Strengthening the Capacities of Asia-Pacific Local Authorities to Build Resilient Societies through Disaster Risk Reduction in Sustainable Development Strategies" from 4-7 June 2019 in Jeju, Republic of Korea. 25 participants attended the workshop and they are primarily from local governments in target countries such as Lao PDR, Bangladesh, Philippines, Solomon Islands and Nepal. National government representatives from Ministries of Environment and Planning also participated as well as three civil society representatives, such as the Pacific Islands Private Sector Organisation (PIPSO). 
 
The workshop focused on strengthening policy coherence between national to local implementation of the SDGs and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction to further underscore that these agendas are integrated and self-reinforcing as well. Country representatives, such as from the NEDA – the SDG focal point of the Philippines, noted one of key challenges they face is the need to align a variety of national planning and development strategies with a web of similar development strategies at provincial and local levels, where these strategies all need to be coordinated and made coherent to integrate resilience and SDGs from national to local levels. 
 
Participants also highlighted the importance of better targeting and engaging vulnerable groups in resilience and sustainable development efforts, where women were identified as the most vulnerable group in disaster contexts. For example - Nepal noted that "Women are the most vulnerable group, especially to natural disasters. Women have very limited access to assets - physical, technological, financial capital such as land credits, decision-making bodies, technology, agriculture inputs...". The training included a special session on better engaging stakeholders such as Women for more inclusive SDG implementation and services delivery, especially in disaster planning and response contexts.
 
Dynamic exercises, group dialogue, and working group sessions were organized to strengthen practical learning and shape participant mindsets on coordination, communication and collaboration. Concepts such as risk-informed, evidence-based and data-driven planning and policymaking were especially reinforced. The organizers look forward to replicating the training through future events and activities.
 
Date
Time
Program (tentative)
Note
June 04
(Tuesday)
UNITAR CIFAL Jeju/JITC opening
08:50~09:00
Registration
 
09:00~10:10
Opening ceremony
  • Welcome remarks, UNITAR CIFAL Jeju/JITC
  • Introductory remarks, UNITAR Hiroshima Office
  • Introductory remarks, UN Office for DRR ONEA-GETI
  • Introductory remarks, UN DESA
  • Official photo
  • Roundtable introduction of participants & Resource Persons
 
10:10~10:30
Coffee Break
 
Module 1Introducing Concepts and Current Trends
10:30~11:40
[Session 1]
Workshop Overview and Presentation: The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 and its linkages with 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
  • Ms. Ana Thorlund, UNDRR ONEA-GETI
 
11:40~13:20
Lunch & Visit to International Peace Center
 
Module 2 Applying Making Cities Resilient Campaign Tools
13:20~14:00
[Session 2]
Introducing Current Trends in Urban Risk Reduction and the Making Cities Resilient Campaign
  • Ms. Ana Thorlund, UNDRR ONEA-GETI
 
14:00~15:00
[Session 3]
Applying the Making Cities Resilient Campaign Tools for Assessment and Diagnosis.
  • Ms Ana Thorlund, UNDRR ONEA-GETI
The Disaster Resilience Scorecard for Cities (Scorecard)
  • Group Exercise: Applying the Scorecard Essentials 1-5
 
15:00~15:10
Coffee break
 
15:10~18:00
The Disaster Resilience Scorecard for Cities (Scorecard)
  • Group Exercise: Applying the Scorecard Essentials 6-10
  • Presenting Group Work Outcomes
  • Presentation: Songpa experience in applying the Scorecard
 
18:00~20:00
Welcome dinner hosted by UNITAR CIFAL Jeju/JITC
 
20:00~
Back to hotel
 
         
Date
Time
Program (tentative)
Note
June 05
(Wednesday)
09:00~09:10
Report of day 1
 
Module 3 Developing a Local DRR Strategy in line with the SDGs
09:10~11:00
[Session 4]
Strengthening National to Local Public Governance and Inclusive Institutions for Resilience 
  • Sara Castro-Hallgren, Programme Expert, Project Office on Governance, Division for Public Institutions and Digital Government, UN DESA
 
Lesson’s Learned from Women’s Leadership Programme in Tsunami-based DRR
  • Junko Shimazu, UNITAR Hiroshima Office
Group discussion on stakeholder engagement for effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at local level
 
11:00~11:20
Coffee break
 
11:20~11:50
[Session 5-1]
Disaster Risk Reduction in Schools and Community
  • Sudhir Bhatnagar (India), Best Practice Award Winner
 
11:50~13:20
Lunch
 
13:20~14:20
[Session 5-2]
Experience from Recovery Project of Korea Disaster Relief Team(KDRT)
  • Seo Dongsung, KOICA
 
14:20~15:50
[Session 6]
Developing and Implementing a Local Disaster Risk Reduction Strategy 
  • Ana Thorlund, UNDRR ONEA-GETI
Introduction of Disaster Reduction Policies of Incheon City
  • Ms Nina (Seon-Joo) Kang, Deputy Director, Incheon Metropolitan City
Group discussion: Unpacking the 10 key elements of a Local Disaster Risk Reduction Strategy
 
15:50~16:10
Coffee break
 
16:10~18:00
Developing and Implementing a Local Disaster Risk Reduction Strategy
  • Ana Thorlund, UNDRR ONEA-GETI
  • Group Exercise: to develop draft version of Local Disaster Risk Reduction Plan (Essentials 1- 10)
  • Group reports
 
18:00~
Back to hotel
 
Date
Time
Program (tentative)
Note
June 06
(Thursday)
09:00~09:10
Report of Day 2
 
Module 4 Implementation for resilient societies
09:10~10:30
[Session 7]
Leveraging Innovations for DRR – A focus on open data, citizen science and digital government for resilience
  • Chae Gun Chung, Head of UN Project Office on Governance, Division for Public Institutions and Digital Government, UN DESA
  • Sara Castro-Hallgren, Programme Expert, UN DESA
 
10:30~10:40
Coffee break
10:40~11:00
[Session 8]
Prevention-focused DRR Education for Making Safe Schools in Korea
  • Sung Dai Kim, Deputy Director, MOIS
11:00~12:00
Case study presentation part I (by selected participants)
 
12:00~13:20
Lunch
 
13:20~14:00
Case study presentation part II (by selected participants)
 
14:00~14:20
Coffee break
 
14:20~15:40
[Session 9]
From Theory to Implementation
  • Nigel Gan, UNITAR Hiroshima Office
 
Module 5 Setting indicators for monitoring and evaluation
15:40-17:00
[Session 10]
Setting Indicators for Local Disaster Risk Reduction Plan Monitoring, Evaluation and Follow Up: Presentation, group work and group report
  • Ana Thorlund, UNDRR ONEA-GETI
 
17:00-17:30
Evaluation of Training
 
17:30-18:00
Closing
  • Closing Remarks
  • Certificates
 
18:00~
Back to hotel
 
Date
Time
Program (tentative) – Site Visit
Note
June 7
(Friday)
09:45
Departure from the Hotel
 
10:00~10:40
National Institute of Meteorological Sciences
11:00~11:40
Beobhwan Pogu(port)
12:00~13:20
Lunch
14:00~15:30
Songak Mountain Trail
16:00~17:00
O’sulloc Tea Museum
17:00 ~
Back to hotel and dinner
* The above program may be subject to change.
UNPOG : Strengthening Capacities of Asia-Pacific Local Authorities to Build Resilient Societies through Disaster Risk Reduction in Sustainable Development Strategies (4-7 June 2019, Jeju, Republic of Korea)
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