Online Capacity Development Workshop on Disaster Risk Reduction Strategies and Digital Governance for Local Resilience
Date: April 6 (Tuesday); April 8 (Thursday), & April 13 (Tuesday),
15:00-17:00 (Seoul Time)
"To eradicate poverty and reduce the impacts of climate change, we must place the public good above all other considerations. For these reasons and more, this year's International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction is all about strengthening disaster risk governance to build a safer and more resilient world".
UN Secretary-General António Guterres (2020)
The engagement of cities and local authorities are at the core of disaster risk reduction and building resilience and they have been at the forefront of COVID-19 response. Now that half of the world's population live in cities, making sustainable and resilient cities - amidst a changing climate, rapidly depleting resources, and unplanned urbanization - is one of our most significant challenges and opportunities. Therefore, cities' planning and development must now give adequate consideration to biological hazards such as pandemics. It is highly encouraged for cities to build resilience through effective, inclusive and accountable institutions that ensure sustainable and inclusive development that addresses the root causes of existing risks and prevents new ones.
Accordingly, with the Asia and the Pacific SDG Progress Report 2020, the Asia-Pacific region needs to accelerate its progress on all 17 SDGs as per the current path; none of the 17 SDGs is on track to be achieved in the region by 2030. In this regard, building resilience and adapting to climate change, and adequately integrating health-related risk into local disaster risk reduction strategies is crucial, especially for cities and local authorities in the Asia-Pacific region.
This training will provide concepts, tools and approaches for implementing the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 at the local level. It will also introduce the Toolkit on Risk-informed Governance and Innovative Technology for Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience, which is part of UN DESA’s Curriculum on Governance for SDGs and provide specific guidance on leveraging data and digital government for disaster risk reduction and resilience. The training structure includes lecture sessions with expert inputs. Session-based group work will enable participants to transform in-depth learning into practice and familiarize with coordinated action for decision making. By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to localize and implement the international frameworks into their cities or national context to pursue greater resilience and sustainable development.
The training will also be an opportunity to learn about the global initiative on Making Cities Resilient (MCR2030) launched in 2020 to ensure cities become inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable by 2030, contributing directly to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 11 (SDG11) and other global frameworks including the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the Paris Agreement and the New Urban Agenda.
The capacity building training workshop, while promoting risk-informed governance, will:
- Support the localization and implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030;
- Introduce the Toolkit on Risk-Informed Governance and Innovative Technology for DRR and Resilience and specifically provide guidance on leveraging data and digital government for DRR and resilience;
- Get familiar with MCR2030 and its diagnosis tools.
By the end of the training, participants will be able to:
- Understand the global framework for disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals;
- Build capacities with a focus on effective urban planning and digital government solutions
- Learn about MCR2030 and how to join this global initiative
- Utilize the operational tools of Sendai Framework at a local level to develop city action plans;
- Increase understanding and strengthen capacities on Governance Innovation and Leveraging Risk-informed Governance for DRR and Resilience
Structure and Methodology
The workshop is composed of three Sessions. The training will comprise of lectures and thematic presentations by experts, interactive Q&A discussion, self-assessment exercises and group work, developing your city action plan.
- Session 1: Tuesday, April 6, 2021 – Localizing Global Frameworks in Coherence
- Session 2: Thursday, April 8, 2021– Urban Resilience Tools and Digital Government Solution for DRR
- Session 3 Tuesday, April 13, 2021 – Towards Developing Local DRR Strategies
This training is open to national and local government officials and other stakeholders from civil society and institutions in Asia-Pacific interested in or supporting cities in disaster risk management, climate change adaptation, building resilience and sustainable development.
UNITAR CIFAL Jeju/JITC, UNDRR and UN DESA/UNPOG will issue a joint certificate upon successful completion of the training.
- Attend all three sessions.
- Submit pre-training readings and assignments, i.e., case studies etc. actively participate in the training programme.
UNITAR CIFAL Jeju/JITC
UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction ONEA & GETI
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