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Disaster Resilient Cities: Technology for Disaster Risk Reduction to Support Sendai Framework Implementation at Local Level - K-SAFETY EXPO 2016, Republic of Korea

Organizer(s) ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Office in Incheon for Northeast Asia and Global Education and Training Institute for Disaster Risk Reduction Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology Pohang University of Science and Technology Ministry of the Interior and Safety


Cities are hubs for ideas, commerce, culture, science, productivity, social development and much more. At their best, cities have enabled people to advance socially and economically. Yet now that half of the world’s population live in cities, making sustainable and resilient cities - amidst a changing climate, rapidly depleting resources, and unplanned urbanization - is one of our greatest challenges and opportunities.

Given that solutions to today’s global challenges both require and benefit from technological innovations, there is a unique opportunity at the Korea International Safety & Security Expo (KINTEX) to showcase the Korean tech sector, which include some of the world’s leading innovators, as well as inspire broader Korean tech sector engagement in developing solutions for sustainable development, including disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation – particularly in cities.


  • engage Korean local government authorities and tech innovators to present key innovations in technology for disaster risk reduction
  • develop understanding of urban disaster risk
  • spark innovation of technologies that may support solutions to preventing, mitigating and creating new risk


Fast-paced tech developments have the potential to help the world rein in the impact of natural and human-induced hazards, notably when it comes to tackling urban risk. This annual Korean Making Cities Resilient event, held at the annual K-Safety expo, drew 222 officials from 176 Korean cities for a special ‘Tech for DRR’ seminar in partnership with ICLEI, KAIST and POSTECH.

  • City officials learned about some of the current and future technologies to help address disaster risk
  • Tech innovators better understand challenges and opportunities to innvovate for risk reduction
  • Connections among Korean cities and Korean technology and disaster institutes were established, as well as Korean cities with Hyogo Prefecture, Japan, Making Cities Resilient

Demand for technology

Innovation is embedded in the Sustainable Development Goals, together with advancing science and technology, as Goal 17. And the Sendai Framework asserts that cooperation at all levels remains pivotal in supporting the efforts of States, their national and local authorities, as well as communities and businesses, to reduce disaster risk, including the strengthening of technical assistance and technology transfer, among other areas.

Target Audience

  • Korean city officials, Making Cities Resilient participants
  • Research & Development and Innovation lab representatives: private sector, academia

About Making Cities Resilient: ‘My city is getting ready!’ global campaign for urban risk reduction

The global campaign has engaged over 3,300 cities to know more, invest wisely and build more safely. Cities that sign up share experience and know-how, and work to implement the Ten Essentials for Disaster Resilient Cities. 146 Korean cities and townships are currently participating.

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