Strengthening the 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 – UNITAR CIFAL Jeju organized an international workshop on “Strengthening the Capacities of Asia-Pacific Local Authorities to Build Resilient Societies through Disaster Risk Reduction in Sustainable Development Strategies” in Jeju, Republic of Korea in partnership with UN Office for DRR ONEA-GETI, UN DESA/UNPOG, and UNITAR Hiroshima Office.
The workshop invited 22 representatives mainly from the governmental sector together with NGO, academic and private sector in the Asia Pacific region. The workshop program was mainly composed of sessions delivered by experts and practitioners from UN Office for DRR, UN DESA/UNPOG, UNITAR Hiroshima Office, and Korea Disaster Relief Team of Korea International Cooperation Agency.
UNDRR and CIFAL Jeju has worked together to enhance the capacities for resilience building and disaster risk reduction in the Asia-Pacific region in line with the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction since 2015. UNDRR’s Making Cities Resilient Campaign tools were greatly instrumental in capacity building for our workshop participants in this event. The participants applied the MCR Campaign tools to their city, analyzed how vulnerable their city is to disasters and worked on action plans for resilience building.
For this program, UN DESA/UNPOG provided us with insightful information concerning the interlinkages between disaster risk reduction, resilience and sustainable development, and the way to strengthen public governance for resilience through digital innovation. UNITAR Hiroshima Office joined the event as our partner this year to share with us its experience and lessons learned from its own Women’s Leadership Training Program in disaster risk reduction. The experiences of practitioners from Korea Disaster Relief Team of KOICA were shared with the participants and they showed very keen interest in how Korea responds to disasters and challenges KDRT practitioners face on site.
This workshop was very informative, lengthy, and engaging. Participants’ contribution to each session and especially to the application of the MCR tools to their respective cities was clear in identifying the vulnerabilities to disasters and drawing an action plan to address challenges for resilience.