Residential Workshop for SAARC countries on Urban Resilience and Making Cities Resilient 2030

Gandhinagar, India
SAARC Disaster Management Centre
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Office in Incheon for Northeast Asia and Global Education and Training Institute for Disaster Risk Reduction
Making Cities Resilient 2030 (MCR2030)
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Event Date, Time & Venue


Date: 5-8 December 2022

Time: 09:00-16:00 hrs. 

Venue: SAARC Disaster Management Centre (IU), Gandhinagar, India.




  • South Asia Association of Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Disaster Management Centre (SDMC)
  • UNDRR Office for Northeast Asia (ONEA) and Global Education and Training Institute (GETI)
  • Making Cities Resilient 2030 (MCR2030)


Course Background


Local governments are on the ‘frontline of opportunity’ to reducing impact of disasters – keep people out of poverty; protect hard-earned local development gains; and enable municipalities to become more inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable. Challenged by climate emergency, pandemic, and other shocks and stresses, resilience building can no longer be a stand-alone issue and must take into consideration the inter-dependencies between sectors, the interconnectedness of socio-economic factors, and the complexity of hazards. Cities must take a long-term approach to reduce risks and must make resilience building an integral part of urban development.

The Making Cities Resilient 2030 (MCR2030), a 10-year global partnership accelerating local resilience, provides a clear 3-stage Resilience Roadmap guiding cities and municipalities towards taking a long-term and continuous approach to resilience investments, from awareness raising to enhanced strategic planning and taking a whole-of-society approach to implementation. Founded on the fact that disaster prevention is an investment and not a cost, MCR2030 aims to Leave No Municipality Behind in this ambition. MCR2030 prioritizes strengthening of the local resilience agenda and the link between national and sub-national in terms of coordination, planning and implementation of resilience actions as well as across city actors. MCR2030 offers a platform for cities to access knowledge, experience, networks, tools, resources and services in support of their resilience journey to ensure cities become inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable by 2030, contributing directly to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 11 (SDG11) “Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable”, and other global frameworks including the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the Paris Agreement, and the New Urban Agenda.


Course Objective


This course serves as a fundamental training on urban disaster and climate resilience. It aims to:

  1. Increase the knowledge and capacities on disaster risk reduction and climate resilience 
  2. Introduce the Resilience Roadmap, the normative framework guiding cities towards a long-term resilience investment and other offers by MCR2030 partners
  3. Provide approaches and tools to further support resilience building at the local level 
  4. Strengthen national and local government linkage and support on disaster and climate risk reduction
  5. Foster city-to-city exchange and learning of good practices 





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