[UNDRR ONEA & GETI] 10th Year Anniversary & Round Table Discussion on Delivering Capacity Development for Disaster Risk Reduction for the Future

United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Office in Incheon for Northeast Asia and Global Education and Training Institute for Disaster Risk Reduction
Ministry of the Interior and Safety
Incheon Metropolitan City
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From 2010 to 2019

Since its founding in 2010 with the support of the Ministry of Interior and Safety (MOIS) and Incheon Metropolitan City of the Republic of Korea, a small team at the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction office in Incheon for Northeast Asia (ONEA) and Global Education and Training Institute (GETI) developed the capacity of just over 8,000 professionals from 149 countries1 through training at national and local levels 2011-2019. Trainees have gone on to develop and contribute to national and local strategies for disaster risk reduction, national development and sectoral plans, and to adapt and develop training and courses for communities, officials and university students, among others.

This global reach is a shared achievement – and tells only a part of the story. Efforts have rippled and could not have been possible without the collaboration and prioritization of capacity development for DRR among partners worldwide: national and local authorities, training institutes, academia, advocates and experts from public and private sectors, civil society and the UN, including UNDRR regional offices. Notably, in Korea, national, sub-regional and global reach has expanded through key partnerships with Korean and international academia, cities, district education offices, training institutes, intergovernmental bodies, UN and civil society organizations based in Korea.


2020 and ‘the New Normal’


As the COVID-19 global pandemic began to unfold, ONEA & GETI was able to quickly bring the experience and early lessons from China and the Republic of Korea to a global audience given its role in Northeast Asia and as a training institute. In the face of unprecedented challenges to respond whilst addressing ever-present disaster risk, ONEA & GETI quickly adapted its delivery to bring experts and experience through a series of COVID-19 and DRR webinars to emphasize the necessity to address systemic risk and for resilient recovery. Training courses were also quickly adapted to bring onlinelearning on resilient cities and tools for public health system resilience. Nearly 5,000 professionals participated in webinars and over 1,500 in online training courses since September. Efforts were again delivered together with partners including WHO, PAHO, the UN Office for South-South Cooperation and UNITAR.


Celebration & Round Table Objective

The overall purpose of this event is to celebrate and share the learning from the last ten years and discuss the opportunities and imperative for future delivery of future disaster risk reduction training as a strategic capacity development effort.


Target Audience

UNDRR ONEA & GETI trained trainers, national training institutes, universities, past participants, and senior representatives of disaster risk reduction capacity development and training providers at large, in Korea and globally. Partners interested in capacity development for disaster risk reduction.


Even Date, Time, Venue

Date: 9 December 2020 (Wednesday)

Time: 4-6 PM Seoul/Incheon | 8-10 AM Geneva

Venue: Virtually, via Zoom


Event Language


English and Korean (simultaneous interpretation will be provided).



Opening Session (30 minutes):

Welcome: Sanjaya Bhatia, Head, UNDRR ONEA & GETI
Opening Remarks:

  • Vice Minister, MOIS, TBC
  • Mayor Park Namchoon, Incheon Metropolitan City
  • Ms. Mami Mizutori, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction and Head of UNDRR

Congratulatory Video Messages, TBC, may include: Messages from ONEA & GETI trainees and trained trainers

Round Table Discussions on Delivering Capacity Development for Disaster Risk Reduction for the Future (90 minutes)




Session 1: (40 minutes)


Moderated discussion: Sanjaya Bhatia, Head, UNDRR ONEA & GETI

Perspective of training institutes

  • Mr. P. K. Taneja, Director General, Gujarat Institute of Disaster Management (GIDM), India
  • Ms. Sunhee KimDirector, Asia Pacific Disaster Resilience Center
  • Ms. Misook Kim, Team Director, Planning & Cooperation Division, National Disaster Training Institute, Republic of Korea
  • Ms. Irina Oltyan, Head of Research, Center for Risk Management, All-Russian Scientific Research Institute of Civil Defence and Emergency Management, Russian Federation
  • Mr. Ko Young Joo, Head Manager, Citizens’ Coalition for Safety (CCS), Korea


Session 2: (40 minutes)


Moderated discussion: Prof. Magnus Hagelsteen, Capacity Development for DRR Expert and Programme Director, Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change Adaptation, Lund University, Sweden

Innovations in delivery of capacity development

  • Mr. Rajib Shaw, PhD, Keio University, Professor, Graduate School of Media and Governance & Chair, United Nations Science Technology Advisory Group (STAG) and Co-Chair, Asia Pacific STAG
  • Mr. Gerald (Gerry) M. Stokes, PhD, State University of New York (SUNY), Korea, Professor and Chair, Department of Technology and Society
  • Mr. Heekyung (Young) Park, Ph.D., P.E., Korean Advanced Institute of Technology (KAIST), Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering; Executive Director, KAIST Foundation, and Director KAIST Initiative for Disaster Studies (KiDS)
  • Mr. Bokyun Shim, Head, UN DESA/DPIDG/UN Project Office on Governance
  • Ms. Ioana Creitaru, Capacity Development Specialist, CADRI Partnership Secretariat


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