International conference on 'Building a local government alliance for disaster risk reduction'

Type:
Meeting or Conference
Organizer:
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR); Incheon Metropolitan City
Date:
11-13 Aug 2009
Location:
Korea (Rep. of) (Incheon)
Venue:
Get Pearl Tower

Background

Since the adoption of the Hyogo Framework for Action in 2005, greater awareness of the importance of reducing disaster risk has emerged among different stakeholders. There have also been substantial changes in thinking on climate change, which increased receptivity to the disaster risk reduction message, particularly at the global level. Despite these positive trends, the gap between what needs to be done as outlined in the Hyogo Framework for Action and the reality at the community level, is way too large.

A broad consensus has been reached today among different stakeholders on the essential role local governments can play to bridge the above gap. It is in fact at the local level that development planning is expected to first take place, and the integration between DRR and development is supposed to be realized. Emphasis on disaster risk reduction at the local level is also becoming stronger as cities of all sizes are subjected to rapid population growth, environmental degradation and overall increased conditions of vulnerability. However, while cities and urban areas currently attract more attention in reason of their high concentration of risk, local and regional authorities have an equally important role to play in medium and small-scale cities, towns, and local rural areas.

Objectives

Based on this understanding, the conference will aim to stimulate a constructive debate on priority areas of common concern in disaster risk reduction, particularly with respect to their implications at the local level. The conference will be mainly targeted to local government representatives, but will also see the active participation and contribution of national governments, United Nations organizations, as well as NGOs and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs). Furthermore, the conference will also aim to support the development of an open forum that brings together local and regional authorities to address disaster risk reduction issues in a more consistent and inclusive manner.

Participation


Participation will be opened to governments and organizations that meet the following criteria:

- Have a comprehensive understanding of disaster risk reduction and the Hyogo Framework for Action, particularly with regard to the challenges and implications at the local level.

- Demonstrate a strong and continued engagement in disaster risk reduction implementation, especially at the local and sub-national levels.

Requests for participation by governments and organizations that do not meet the above criteria will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Moreover, given the importance and urgency of advancing this agenda, governments are encouraged to send a combination of policy and technical-level representatives so as to ensure strong and effective follow-up action.

Programme

Plenary Sessions

Plenary Sessions will provide the opportunity for governments and organizations to discuss the implementing strategies of the Hyogo Framework for Action at the local level, building on the outcomes of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction2.
The Sessions will aim to explore specific goals and actions by local actors on such issues as building community resilience, setting targets for disaster risk reduction and increasing financing for disaster risk reduction, which were identified during the Global Platform as critical areas.

Opportunities for collaboration between local, national, and global-level DRR actors will also be explored. Particular emphasis will be put on how to enhance dialogue between national and local government actors, and between local governments and NGOs / CSOs.

Thematic Sessions


On the second day, the conference will also host several thematic sessions that will focus on the following areas:

- Making Cities Safer – Mobilising Local Action towards Urban Risk Reduction
- Localising the Hyogo Framework for Action
- Capacity Building for Local Governments in Disaster Risk Reduction
- Information and Communication Technology for Urban Disaster Risk Reduction

Preparations of the Thematic Sessions will be organized in collaboration and through the leadership of selected organizations and stakeholders. There will be a major role for Governments, United Nations organizations, as well as NGOs and Civil Society Organisations.


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Target audience

Participation will be opened to governments and organizations that meet the following criteria:

- Have a comprehensive understanding of disaster risk reduction and the Hyogo Framework for Action, particularly with regard to the challenges and implications at the local level.

- Demonstrate a strong and continued engagement in disaster risk reduction implementation, especially at the local and sub-national levels.

Requests for participation by governments and organizations that do not meet the above criteria will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Moreover, given the importance and urgency of advancing this agenda, governments are encouraged to send a combination of policy and technical-level representatives so as to ensure strong and effective follow-up action


How to register

Please visit: http://www.buildinglgadrr2009.org/html/registration/information.asp


For more information please contact the Conference Secretariat:
1140-14 Dongbang BD 5F, Guwol-Dong, Namdong-Gu, Incheon Korea
Tel : 82-32-440-4943~8


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