First network meeting for ARISE, the Private Sector Alliance for Disaster Resilient Societies, in the UAE

Dubai, UAE
United Arab Emirates
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Arab States

Floor 113 in Burj Khalifa and Online


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The first meeting for UAE ARISE will be conducted on September 8, 2020 at 12:00 (GST) in Burj Khalifa with virtual facilities to attend the meeting online.

The meeting will be attended by UAE ARISE  members, Chief of UNDRR Regional Office for Arab States and Dr. Dena Assaf, the United Nations Resident Coordinator for the United Arab Emirates.

In line with the private sector initiative, which in conjunction with the UNDRR that works towards a resilient, prosperous future where fewer lives are lost to disasters, capital assets and investments are risk-informed, and infrastructure is resilient to natural and man-made hazards, ARISE-UAE shall bring together private sector in the UAE for the purpose of implementing the Sendai Framework and building resilient societies by changing the behaviors of stakeholders from the public and private sector in the country through the conduct of specific activities, programs and projects, consistent with ARISE policies, goals and objectives. With the private sector acting as the catalyst and a critical partner, ARISE UAE members shall focus on risk-informed business investment in order to achieve coherent approaches to the reduction of disaster and climate risks for sustainable development and long-term economic growth.

The UAE National ARISE is the first National ARISE to be developed in the Arab region and reflects on the United Arab Emirates commitment towards disaster risk reduction and its important role in developing resilient cities and communities. This network showcases the UAE leadership in convening a strong platform for the private sector to support and implement the Sendai Framework Disaster Risk Reduction 2015 - 2030, aligned with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Paris Climate Agreement, New Urban Agenda and Agenda for Humanity.

The mission of  UAE ARISE shall be in accord with the mission of the global UNDRR ARISE that is “To create risk-resilient societies by energizing the private sector in collaboration with the public sector and other stakeholders to achieve the outcome and goal of the Sendai Framework in a transparent and inclusive way that delivers local and measurable impact.”

Meeting Agenda:




Presenter/ Moderator

12:00 - 12:10

Introduction to the meeting and briefing on UNDRR engagement with Private sector

Mr. Sujit Mohanty, Chief of UNDRR-ROAS  


Key Remarks

Dr. Dena Assaf, UN Resident Coordinator for UAE

12:15 - 12:30

Introduction Round

  • Introduction of all the prospect members and UNDRR representatives

Led-by Dr. Mahmoud Al-Burai (Dubai Land)

12:30 - 13:00

Presentation on UAE ARISE

  • Aim 
  • Structure
  • Voluntary Action Commitments
  • Work Plan 2020-2021

Dr. Mahmoud Al-Burai

13:00 - 13:15

Q & A Session (15 minutes)

13:15 - 13:50

Discussion and way forward

      - Approval of TOR

      - Board Election (appointment of Chair, Co-Chair and    Vice-Chair)

      - Approval of Work plan 2020-2021

      - Next meeting  

13:50 -14:00

Closing remarks

Mr. Sujit Mohanty, Chief of Office UNDRR-ROAS 

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