[UNDRR-SCP joint training programme] Introduction to Disaster Risk Reduction

United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Office in Incheon for Northeast Asia and Global Education and Training Institute for Disaster Risk Reduction
Singapore Cooperation Programme
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Course Objectives


This short online course is conducted under the auspices of the Singapore-UNDRR Joint Training Programme. It examines key principles of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and the hardcoding of resilience into policy, implementation action and human behaviour. Drawing lessons from the COVID-19 global pandemic that demonstrations the ‘new normal’ of interconnected risk, participants will learn about the Sendai Framework for DRR 2015-2030, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement, interlinkages with International Health Regulations, and possible applications to their State’s existing policy and plans. The course will also cover Singapore’s Whole-of-government approach to integrated risk management and multi-stakeholder approach to crisis recovery.

UNDRR will provide globally accepted tools, including the Public Health Addendum to the Resilient Cities Scorecard, to help participants become familiar with tools available to develop risk-informed strategies and plans that link DRR, climate and development action. UNDRR will also bring global best practices and encourage sharing of experiences amongst the participants.



Course Topics


  • Understanding how DRR links with the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement, linking the Sendai Framework with the other two major agreements of 2015;
  • Understanding how to prevent creation of new risk, and reducing existing risks, including biological and human-induced hazards;
  • Fundamentals for formulating national and local DRR strategies as per Global Target E of the Sendai Framework and indicators of SDGs 1 on no poverty, 11 on sustainable cities and 13 on climate action;
  • Strengthening governance and building capacity;
  • Integration of DRR and climate change adaptation into development policy. Key sectors covered will include infrastructure, housing, urban and land use planning, environmental protection, gender issues, psychosocial issues, and health;
  • Building public health resilience through pandemic preparedness, including lessons from COVID-19;
  • Essential emergency operations including emergency management plans, including health emergency;
  • Working with public and private stakeholders and strengthening policy and decision-making processes, including for COVID-19 recovery.


Date, Time and Venue


Date: 23 & 30 September and 7 & 14 October 2020

Time: 2.00pm to 3.30/4.00pm (Singapore time; UTC+08:00 hours) 

Venue: Virtually





  • United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) Global Education and Training Institute (GETI) 
  • Singapore Cooperation Programme (SCP)




    This short course will mix lecture, discussion and practical exercise with the aim of maximising engagement and exchange of experience among participants. Zoom platform will be used for meetings and webinars (polls, chat and Q&A), online video and offline presentations for self-study, and tools for individual and group practice. Participants will also have adequate opportunity to share their experiences, learning points and challenges in an online discussion forum.


    For more information:

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


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