Disaster risk reduction and its impact on sustainable development require sound foundations in social and economic knowledge and understanding.
This includes developing relevant scientific and technical capacities especially in developing countries.The UNISDR Scientific and Technical Advisory Group (STAG) has provided technical advice, published case studies on using science for disaster risk reduction and contributed to policy formulation in collaboration with the scientific and technical community.
The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, adopted at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction held in Sendai Japan in March 2015, recognises the importance of science and technology, calling to "Enhance the scientific and technical work on disaster risk reduction and its mobilization through the coordination of existing networks and scientific research institutions at all levels and all regions with the support of the UNISDR Scientific and Technical Advisory Group..." (paragraph 25g).
To meet this request by the Sendai Framework and to serve the needs of countries and stakeholders more directly, UNISDR work on Science and Technology will be enhanced by reaching out to relevant partners including research institutions, organizations, networks and platforms, who are interested to join efforts and provide evidence-based support to the implementations the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. The UNISDR Science and Technology Advisory Group (STAG) will also be strengthened in terms of its scope and resources and its membership to reflect the wide range of members involved in the Partnership.
UNISDR Science and Technology Partnership - Call for interest
UNISDR invites organizations, institutions, networks and platforms working on the different disciplines and hazards of advancing science and technology for disaster risk reduction to join the Science and Technology Partnership to support the implementation of Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, and contribute to the UNISDR Science and Technology Road Map. See links below.
UNISDR Science and Technical Roadmap
Download Terms of Reference
Application to join the Science and Technology Partnership
Selection of members will be made by UNISDR selection committee supported by its Science and Technology Advisory Group, based on expertise and capacity of interested entities to develop and provide science, technology or tools for disaster risk reduction, as well as their commitment to the Partnership’s activities to contribute to the implementation of the Sendai Framework.
Membership of the Partnership will be for a four year term, renewable on demonstration of achievements of institutionally agreed outputs. The number of Members of the Partnership will expand gradually. See annex 1 of the Partnership TOR for more details.
The Scientific and Technical Advisory Group (STAG)
Recognizing the importance of research, scientific and technical information for disaster risk reduction, UNISDR established a Scientific and Technical Advisory Group (STAG). The purpose of the STAG is to provide technical advice and support in the formulation and implementation of activities carried out by the disaster risk reduction community. The work of the STAG encompasses all aspects of the scientific and technical dimensions of risk reduction, with particular emphasis on the needs of developing countries.
In the STAG's 2013 report "Using science for disaster risk reduction", the Group makes the following recommendations:
- Encourage science to demonstrate that it can inform policy and practice
- Use a problem-solving approach to research that integrates all hazards and disciplines
- Promote knowledge into action
- Science should be key to the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction (Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction)
See case studies
UNISDR Science and Technology Conference on the implementation of the Sendai Framework, 27-29 January 2016, Geneva
The conference brought together the full diversity of science and technology community, policy makers, practitioners and researchers from all geographical regions, at local, national, regional and international levels to discuss how the science and technology community can support the implementation of the Sendai Framework. The outcome of the conference was the launch the UNISDR Science and Technology Partnership and the endorsement of the UNISDR Science and Techhology road map.
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