Resilience Action Planning: Implementing the Sendai Framework at the Local Level - Online course

United Nations Institute for Training and Research
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Office in Incheon for Northeast Asia and Global Education and Training Institute for Disaster Risk Reduction

About the Course

Over the past 20 years disasters have affected 4.4 billion people, caused USD 2 trillion of damage and killed 1.3 million people. Disasters have affected people living in developing countries and, in particular, the most vulnerable communities within these countries.

Particularly in the context of increased urbanization, urban risk continues to rise. The vulnerability of cities to disasters is growing especially as poor people settle in high-risk urban areas. Unfortunately, the planning and development of cities has given little consideration to the consequences of hazards such as earthquakes, hydro-meteorological risks and others. The implication of this reality is the need for countries to focus on creating a safer world for urban dwellers and developing a series of innovative approaches to build resilience.

On the basis of these needs, UNITAR, in partnership with UNISDR’s Global Education and Training Institute (ONEA-GETI), has developed the e-learning course Urban Risk Reduction: Developing and Implementing Resilience Action Plans for Cities.

Course Objectives

This e-Learning course aims to strengthen the capacities of government officials, especially those at the local level, and disaster management professionals to design and implement plans and programmes that reduce disaster risk and enhance resilience.


  • Module 1: Disaster Risk Reduction Concepts and Introduction to Current Trends 
  • Module 2: Implementing the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (2015-2030)
  • Module 3: Introduction to Making Cities Resilient Global Campaign and tools
  • Module 4: DRR Assesment and Analysis Tools
  • Module 5: Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction into Sectoral Programmes for Socio-Economic Development
  • Module 6: Developing, Implementing, Monitoring Resilient Action Plans, Safe and Resilient Action Plans


This 6-module course includes interactive lessons that introduce the participant to the conceptual foundations of disaster risk reduction and urban resilience. the learning materials are presented through various media, such as text, graphs, images and video material, which contribute to better retention and enhance the learning process. Participants engage in a set of asssessment quizzes, discussion forums, and practical activities to facilitate interaction and experience sharing.

Besides the interactive lessons, participants engage in a set of practical exercises, where they can apply the knowledge gained to a real-life situation. Collaborative activities and discussion forums are other core elements of the course, organized to create collective knowledge and to facilitate interaction and experience sharing. The course also includes formative exercises as well as quizzes. A moderator guides participants through all the learning activities. 

Participant Profile

The course is open to city and local government officials, disaster management professionals, and representatives from academic and training institutions working on disaster risk reduction.

Additional information

A certificate of completion will be issued to participants who achieve a minimum total score of 70%. A certificate of participation will be issued to participants who complete all mandatory activities but achieve a final score inferior to 70%.

BONUS: Those students who perform excellent results will be rewarded by being included in the “List of Experts” of UNISDR. As an expert, you will have the opportunity of being consulted and invited to several workshops/events. 

Course Fee: 100 USD (group discounts are available)


Please register by October 14

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