Suggested Structure & Session Themes
- Session 1: Global Frameworks & Risk-informed Governance (UNDRR & UNPOG)
This session will address the major components of risk-informed governance – including leadership, institutional coordination, stakeholder engagement, and information sharing for integrated risk-informed decision-making and efficient responses, effective communication strategy, and data requirements.
It will also introduce the global policy frameworks for disaster risk reduction and sustainable development from a science, technology and innovation perspective. It will explore the case for integrated risk governance, DRR concepts and trends, and review the eleven ECOSOC Principles for effective governance for sustainable development from this perspective. An overview of global, regional, and national efforts to advance innovative technologies and their use for resilience building will be shared.
- Session 2: Leveraging Frontier Technologies for DRR and Building Resilience (UNDRR)
This session will showcase the practical application of emerging technologies and innovation for disaster risk reduction and resilience. By leveraging the technologies such as geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing, big data and data analytics, artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain, and more, governments can be better equipped to effectively anticipate, prepare, and respond to the multiplying threat of disaster risks.
Experts will present solutions that countries have in integrating innovations and ICT into government programming for DRR. It will cover many areas such as enhancing the role of ICTs for disaster risk management, use of earth observation (EO) technology for post-disaster recovery and reconstruction and the use of technology for coastal risk assessment.
- Session 3: Inclusion of Vulnerable Groups in DRR Policy Design and Implementation to build Resilience (UNPOG)
Inclusion of vulnerable groups in the process of DRR and in building resilience is essential for ensuring that they are protected during disaster situations. It is also critical to ensure that their special vulnerabilities and demands are reflected in DRR and resilience-building policies.
This session will examine special vulnerabilities of vulnerable groups in disaster situations and introduce different governance approaches and strategies for ensuring their inclusion in DRR and building resilience. Various innovative practices of engaging the vulnerable groups in DRR policy designing, implementation, and monitoring and review processes and building an enabling ecosystem for inclusive DRR strategies, especially by leveraging ICTs and frontier technologies, will be discussed.
- Session 4: Data & Digital Government for DRR and Building Resilience (UNPOG)
Robust and accurate data is essential for risk-informed decision making in DRR and building resilience. Digital government, and particularly open data and big data analytics, can enable governments to effectively anticipate, prepare, and respond to risks and disasters.
This session will examine the data sources and data requirements for hazard monitoring and warning, and responses and recovery and the guiding principles for data sharing in DRR. The session will also focus on how digital government system/tools can enhance government capacity for DRR and build resilience, including e-resilience.
- Session 5: Strengthening Governance and Leveraging Technologies for Public Health Emergencies (UNDRR, WHO & UNPOG)
The COVID-19 pandemic has shown that existing strategies for pandemic risk management in many countries were not adequate in dealing with the impact of the current public health emergency. A systemic approach to DRR and emergency preparedness is needed by engaging all relevant sectors, in particular, by breaking down existing silos between disaster management and health workers.
This session will look into the Bangkok Principles for the implementation of the health aspects of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030
and its measures to prevent and/or reduce the risk of health emergencies such as pandemics. It will draw governance lessons from managing SARS, MERS and Ebola and share experiences on the use of ICT to tackle COVID-19 and important tools that can assist countries to better prepare for future pandemics, such as the Health Emergency and Disaster Risk Management Framework and Disaster Resilience Scorecard for Cities Public Health System Resilience Addendum.
- Session 6: Innovative Experiences & Partnership Building (UNDRR)
The complexity and interconnected nature of risk requires integrated risk governance systems and an inclusive multistakeholder approach to implement disaster risk reduction and achieve resilience for sustainable development. Advancing government innovation and leveraging frontier technologies to strengthen risk-informed governance also requires strengthened, diverse and innovative partnerships. The engagement of the business sector and civil society -- from entrepreneurs to start-ups, scientists and researchers – from data scientist to social scientists, and innovators – from technologists to designers, including youth, are key.
This session will explore innovative experiences and partnership building through integrated risk governance mechanisms, scientific and technological networks, and innovative collaboratives from government, academia, and the private sector. The session will also provide an opportunity for participants to share their experiences, vision for partnership building and plans to foster innovation and use of frontier technologies.
UNDESA/DPIDG/UNPOG and UNDRR GETI will jointly issue a certificate of participation upon completion of the training. Participants must demonstrate active participation in the forum and attend at least 4 sessions to be eligible.
Session partners may include:
- National Disaster Reduction Center of China, Ministry of Emergency Management of P.R.China
- Beijing Normal University, P.R.China
- Korean Center for Disease Control (KCDC)
- NASA Earth Science Disasters Program
- Asia Disaster Reduction Center
- United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)
- The Asian and Pacific Training Centre for Information and Communication Technology for Development (APCICT)
- UN Global Pulse Lab