Asia-Pacific Science Technology and Academia Advisory Group (APSTAAG)

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In light of the importance of science and technology to the achievement of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) established the Global Science Technology Advisory Group and its regional sub-groups. Guided by their own regional roadmap, the Asia-Pacific Science Technology and Academia Advisory Group (APSTAAG) was created to contextualize global efforts to address the unique needs of the region and to support the coherent implementation of the post-2015 frameworks.

APSTAAG comprises selected disaster experts from Asian countries: Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia and the Philippines. The Group provides policy advisory services to governments and other stakeholders on appropriate technology and its application in decision making. Advisory services include:

  • Risk governance, Community-based Disaster Risk Management, Urban risk management, Earthquake risk mitigation, Private sector involvement, Climate change adaptation, disaster and environmental education and Disaster resistant building design. The group also provides advice on higher education curriculum development in disaster risk reduction.