A new regional partnership targets disaster risk reduction

Jul 15, 2015

A summer school brought together a diverse range of participants exploring the use of technology for disaster risk reduction.

A new cross-regional initiative and partnership between UNDP and Central European University is exploring how the use of technology can potentially reduce disaster risk.

Implemented by the UNDP Istanbul Regional hub office, the initiative brings together three country offices of Armenia, FYR Macedonia and Moldova. The three offices will work together to assess prevalent urban risks and address these risks with a plan of action. More specifically, they will create smart city preparedness plans, which can then be replicated by other locales in need of such planning.

Partners and stakeholders recently came together on July 13-17 for a global event for sharing of ideas and experiences. Organized as a “summer school,” the meeting brought together UNDP Disaster Risk Reduction regional advisors from Arab States and Africa regions, UNESCAP and Asian Disaster Preparedness Center, in addition to the implementing partners and other UNDP country offices interested in the subject.

Among participants were also UNOOSA, Commission on the Protection of the Black Sea Against Pollution, EcoCityBuilders, ESRI ArcGIS, UN SPIDER, The International Charter on Space and Major Disasters and a number of other partners representing governments, civil society, private sector and international organizations.

A bilateral meeting also took place between the UNDP Istanbul Regional Hub Manager and the CEU Rector on July 13. It was jointly agreed that at least one more similar course next year would be organised next year. The two parties also explored various common working areas, such as inequalities, conflict and security, and governance, on which they could cooperate together in the future.

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