The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) defines disaster as a “serious disruption of the functioning of a community or a society at any scale due to hazardous events interacting with conditions of exposure, vulnerability and capacity, leading to one or more of the following: human, material, economic and environmental losses and impacts.
Harnessing science, technology and innovation (STI) into disaster mitigation, response, and recovery can reduce losses, speed-up needed assistance, and enhance long-term resilience.
The workshop aims to be a platform for CSTD Member States to:
- Showcase their success stories in developing and utilizing STI in disaster risk reduction, including practical application of early warning systems.
- Determine STI needs of Member States.
- Determine common challenges within and among Regional Groups in harnessing STI for disaster risk reduction.
- Provide recommendations to help Member States effectively harness STI for disaster risk reduction.
To identify at least three policy recommendations on harnessing science, technology, and innovation for disaster risk reduction.
A summary of the common challenges, opportunities, and best practices of the CSTD Member States would also be provided.
The workshop will consist of three segments:
- Plenary sessions.
- Working group/breakout group discussions.
- a poster presentation through a World Café format.
The Workshop will host participants from the forty-three CSTD Member States.
Participants are expected to be innovators, policymakers, disaster specialists, engineers, urban and environmental planners, and other experts involved in the research, development, and / or utilization of technologies and innovation for disaster risk reduction.
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