Disaster Risk Reduction in the Asia-Pacific Region”
Jeju, Republic of Korea, 20-23 October 2014 (Mon-Thu)
“…we must factor disaster risk into our broader discussions of the post-2015 agenda for sustainable development. Disaster risk is also closely tied to climate change.”
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon
Event Background and Introduction
Over the past 20 years disasters have affected 4.4 billion people, caused USD 2 trillion of damage and killed
1.3 million people. Natural disasters affected people living in developing countries and the most vulnerable
communities within those countries. Over 95 percent of people killed by natural disasters are from developing
Asia and the Pacific is subject to all major types of natural hazards and dominates disaster impact categories
across all regions of the world. Between 1970 and 2012, more than half the world’s deaths related to
disasters occurred in the Asia Pacific region. An estimated 1.8 million died as a result of natural hazards.
Urban risk is continually increasing. It has been estimated that, more than 50 per cent of the world's
population is living in urban areas. Urbanization is taking place at an unprecedented rate. In the next 20 years,
the world’s population is predicted to increase by an additional two billion. By 2030 more than 60% of the
world’s population is expected to live in cities, with record concentrations in large urban conglomerations and
megacities in the developing world. Vulnerability of cities to disasters is on the rise especially as poor people
settle in high-risk urban areas. Unfortunately, planning and development of cities has given little consideration
to the consequences of hazards such as earthquakes, hydro-meteorological risks and others. The implication of
this reality is the need for countries to focus their collective energies to create a safer world for urban dwellers
and develop a series of innovative approaches to meet this challenge.
In this regard, building resilience and adapting to climate change is crucial for cities especially those in the
Asia-Pacific region. Efforts to build resilience in cities can benefit from integrating climate change adaptation
with existing efforts in disaster risk reduction (DRR) and other similar planning processes.
This capacity building training workshop, while promoting the importance of effective climate change
adaptation (CCA) and disaster risk reduction, will provide:
i) an opportunity for countries and cities in the Asia-Pacific region to enhance capacities in climate change
adaptation and disaster risk reduction with a focus on countries/ cities Resilience Action Plans development
ii) a platform to exchange in-depth learning from experts in the related area and to share good practices
iii) a venue for city-to-city cooperation in building resilience in cities by integrating disaster risk principles into
local DDR and CCA plans, programmes and initatives
20-23 October 2014
CIFAL Jeju/Jeju International Training Center (JITC),
Seogwipo City, Jeju Special Self-Governing Province, Republic of Korea
? CIFAL Jeju (www.cifaljeju.org) in coordination with the United Nations Institute for Training and
Research (UNITAR) and
? UNISDR Office for Northeast Asia and Global Education and Training Institute (UNISDR ONEA/GETI)
High-level authorities and experts from local governments, representatives from NGO and community-based
organizations, academic institutions, and other local actors within the Asia-Pacific region
The workshop contents are composed of the following:
? Introducing the Concepts and Current Tendencies in Urban Risk and Risk Reduction
? Republic of Korea’s National Climate Change Adaptation & Mitigation Master Plan
? Introducing Making Cities Resilient (MCR) Global Campaign and MCR Campaign Tools
? Applying the MCR Tools, Diagnosis and Assessment
? Mainstreaming DRR and CCA into Development and Building Resilient Cities
? Developing and Implementing of Safe and Resilient City Action Plan
? City Action Plan Monitoring, Evaluating and Follow up
? Sharing Experiences, Model Programs for City-to-City Learning & Capacity Development
? Effective Partnership Building and Facilitation Skills
? understand the concept of climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction
? build capacities with a focus on effective planning and implementation of MCR Campaign 10 Essentials to make
their cities resilient to disasters
? adapt and use MCR Global Campaign existing tools to support capacity development needs of local governments, and define the need for additional content related to these
? share good practices and find ways to cooperate with other participating cities
Participants are required to attend and actively participate in all workshop sessions/activities, complete
assignments interact with resource persons, complete pre-workshop readings/assignments and come with
Fluency in English, spoken and written.
CIFAL Jeju and UNITAR will jointly issue a certificate to participants upon completion of the full program.
How to apply
? Application form can be downloaded from www.cifaljeju.org
? Please send the Application Form, CV, Country Information, Letter of Nomination and Letter of Commitment
(form attached to ‘Application Form’) by 31 August 2014 to: email@example.com.
? Participation is subject to approval of the application by CIFAL Jeju.
? Notification will be sent once the selection process has been finalized.
Assistance with Travel Cost
? Self-sponsored (airfare and accommodation) participants are welcome.
? CIFAL Jeju only provides limited financial assistance to participants.
? The following table represents the maximum amount of financial assistance for round-trip international air travel
to Jeju Island to participate in workshops of CIFAL Jeju.
? All local expenses (transportation, accommodation, and meals during the 4-day workshop) will be covered by
? Every participant is responsible for their local transportation in their country and arranging their visa including
the visa fee.
Travelling from: Air fare limit
Eastern Asia $300 (participants travelling from Mongolia will receive $400)
South-Eastern Asia $500 (participants travelling from Cambodia, Lao PDR and Myanmar will receive $600)
Southern Asia $600 (participants travelling from Nepal will receive US $700)
Pacific Islands $1,000
* Other points of departure ? please consult the CIFAL Jeju office.