[UNDRR GETI & UNITAR E-learning Course] Making cities resilient: Developing local disaster risk reduction and resilience strategies (2020 Summer edition)

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

This e-learning course aims to strengthen the capacities of government professionals to design and implement plans and programmes that reduce disaster risk and enhance resilience.



  1. Disaster Risk Reduction concepts and Introduction to Current Trends in Urban Risk
  2. Implementing the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (2015 - 2030)
  3. Introduction to Making Cities Resilient (MCR) Campaign Tools
  4. DRR Assessment and Analysis Tools
  5. Mainstreaming DRR into sectoral Programmes for Socio-Economic Development
  6. Developing, Implementing, Monitoring and Evaluating 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 assessment quizzes, discussion forums, webinars with renowned experts and practical activities to facilitate interaction and experience sharing.


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 and sustainable development.




A certificate of completion will be issued to participants who achieve a minimum total score of 70%.

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


Date - 2020 Summer Edition:

27 July – 16 October 2020

Course Duration: 12 weeks

Learning Time: Approx. 4 hours per week




A limited number of scholarships are available for applicants (government officials) who work in cities of the Making Cities Resilient Campaign: https://bit.ly/3jg8Mbd

For more information, please contact Ana Thorlund at undrr-incheon@un.org Ref E-Learning course UNITAR and  UNDRR GETI



  • United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) Global Education and Training Institute (GETI)
  • United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)


For more information:

UNDRR Global Education and Training Institute (GETI) at undrr-incheon@un.org
UNITAR at sdp@unitar.org


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