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Making Cities Resilient 2030 (MCR2030): Cities and Partners Engagement in Asia and the Pacific

November 19, 2020 | 13:00 Bangkok Time (UTC+7) // 1:00 AM ET // 10:00 PM PT

Looking beyond 2020, there is an urgent need to accelerate the progress of resilience building at the local level, to bring cities on to the resilience pathway towards achieving the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the New Urban Agenda, the Paris Agreement, and the Sustainable Development Goals, by 2030.  There is also a need for a more collaborative approach among partners to provide support for a successful implementation of measures to enhance disaster resilience at the local level. 

The “Making Cities Resilient 2030 (MCR2030): Cities and Partners Engagement in Asia and the Pacific” webinar is organized by the Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific located in Asian Institute of Technology (AIT RRC.AP) in collaboration with the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR), the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and the Educational Partnerships for Innovation in Communities – Network (EPIC – N). 

This webinar aims to help cities and local government, International Non – Governmental Organizations (INGOs), and Civil Society Organizations officials, urban planners, Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), and Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) experts to learn more on various approaches and roadmaps used by different UN Agencies and INGOs on:

  • How to improve resilience?
  • What operational structure can be established to support, connect, and facilitates resilience (ex. peer-learning, knowledge exchange amongst cities, etc.)?
  • How to engage and contribute to the regional network of actors and global partnerships on urban resilience, DRR, climate change, and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), that keep MCR2030 connected with global policies to aid coherence in contributing towards the 2030 Agenda?

The webinar will also raise awareness on MCR2030 and share best practices and lessons learned in establishing new partnerships and greater engagement of key stakeholders in urban risk reduction and strengthening cities’ resilience to climate and disaster risks. It is envisaged that proposed feedback and recommendations at the webinar will be shared with MCR 2030 Asia-Pacific Regional Coordination Committee (RCC) to be considered in shaping the campaign design and methodology.

The session will be conducted in English.


Naoya Tsukamoto, Director, AIT RRC.AP
Phurba Lhendup, Head of Climate Change and DRR Cluster, AIT.RRC.AP
Omar Hussein Amach, External Relations Officer, United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR)
Curt Garrigan, Chief of the Sustainable Urban Development Section, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP)
Lis Mullin Bernhardt, Programme Officer and Coordinator: Global Adaptation Network, Climate Change Adaptation, UN Environment Programme (UNEP)
Jessica Barlow, Vice President of the Educational Partnership for Innovation in Communities (EPIC-N)
Armen Rostomyan, Senior Programme Manager/Consultant, AIT RRC.AP


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