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[UNDRR GETI, UNOSSC, WHO/PAHO Joint Certificate Training] Training on Transitioning to Complex Risk Management and Resilient Urban Futures: Harnessing South-South Cooperation and Learning From COVID-19

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Event language(s)
  • English



Date and Time

23 August – 13 September 2022 (Every Tuesdays)
08:00 New York | 14:00 Geneva | 19:00 Bangkok | 21:00 Incheon

(Four 90-120 minute online sessions, one end-of-course assessment, and one post-course survey)



Virtually through UNOSSC Virtual Expo site (Access link will be provided to successfully course registrants only)


Workshop Language

English is the main language. Simultaneous interpretation provided to Arabic, Chinese, French, Portuguese and Spanish.


Course Background


Urbanization continues to rise at an unprecedented rate over the next three decades, from 56 per cent in 2021 to 68 per cent in 2050 .  While future of humanity is undoubtedly urban where cities are hubs of jobs and opportunities, increase in population density and informal settlement in high-risk urban areas are mounting challenges for urban population.  

Since 2020, cities around the world have faced even more challenges with the COVID-19 pandemic which exacerbates the vulnerabilities and bringing tremendous impact on urban health and well-being. The virus has taken lives of millions and the public health and social measures brought huge economic impact to citizen. The COVID-19 pandemic reveals the new reality: cities are living with uncertainties and facing with much more complex risks. In order to transition to resilient and sustainable urban futures, cities need to evolve to reflect the interconnectedness of people, planet and prosperity. Cities must transition to systematic risk governance with enhanced understanding of systematic risks .  

Business as usual will not lead to changes. Cities are at the forefront of opportunities to learn from the systematic impact of the pandemic and the complexity of risks amidst climate emergencies. Local authorities are in the vital position to ensure climate, health and other risks are integrated in the city planning and financing processes, allowing city stakeholders to collaborate and take collective actions to reduce risks. Equally important is the mutual learning and support among cities across countries with their tested and innovative experiences. Strengthen municipal governments’ capacities in understanding the systematic nature of risks, disaster risk reduction, public health emergency response, as well as their abilities to collaborate and learn from each other’s experiences remain critical to the success of cities in this transformed world.

The Buenos Aires outcome document of the second High-level United Nations Conference on South-South Cooperation (BAPA+40) in 2019 recognized that local authorities play a growingly indispensable role in South-South and triangular cooperation which can take different forms such as knowledge sharing, training and capacity building, and technology exchange in various thematic areas including disaster risk mitigation and climate change. Such cooperation can support cities, especially in developing countries, in achieving sustainable development.

This training provides an opportunity for local authorities and urban development practitioners to mutually learn and share experience in transitioning to managing complex risks and resilient future. Jointly organized by the UN Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC), the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) and the World Health Organization (WHO)/Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), it builds upon the prior two editions which were held annually in 2020 and 2021.  

The first edition held between 8 September and 6 October 2020 focused on “Making Cities Resilient: Developing and implementing local disaster risk reduction strategy to respond to COVID-19 and to better prepare for the future” was attended by over 2,500 participants from 150 countries and territories.  The second edition entitled “Build Back Better: Harnessing South-South Cooperation and Risk Reduction Planning for Resilient and Healthy Cities in the Post-COVID-19 era,” was held throughout June 2021 with over 5,000 registrations and 2,979 live attendances from over 1,000 cities in 155 countries and territories with close to equal gender participation. 

The third edition will be organized from 23 August to 13 September 2022 with the focus on “Transitioning to Complex Risk Management and Resilient Urban Futures: Harnessing South-South Cooperation and Learning From COVID-19”, in conjunction with the Global South-South Development Expo 2022.


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Course Objective


This training serves as an introductory training for urban leaders, planners and practitioners, aiming to:

  1. Increase the understanding and capacities to manage complex and systematic disaster risks, enhance public health emergency response preparedness, and South-South cooperation.
  2. Better prepare city stakeholders for transitioning to living with COVID-19 pandemic, fostering collective collaboration and better preparing cities for future crises - especially health emergencies and uncertainties.
  3. Facilitate city-to-city partnerships in South-South and triangular cooperation (SSTC) towards sustainable development.


By the end of this training, participants shall be able to:

  1. Describe and understand systematic risks, disaster risk reduction, public health emergency response preparedness and South-South and triangular cooperation. 
  2. Explain SSTC trends and policies in disaster risk reduction, Sendai framework and other disaster risk reduction frameworks, public health responses at urban levels.
  3. Provide examples of cities’ transitioning to living with COVID-19 and managing complex risk scenarios, share relevant solutions on DRR and health emergency response preparedness, and exchange cities’ SSTC experiences and good practices on DRR and integration of health emergencies preparedness in city urban development actions.
  4. Use tools related to disaster risk reduction planning, public health response and SSTC.


Expected Outcomes


  1. National and local government officials as well as urban resilience practitioners with enhanced knowledge on the requirements for fostering resilient cities learning from the COVID-19 pandemic;
  2. Increased understanding of South-South and triangular cooperation trends and policies and its importance in disaster risk reduction and public health emergency response; disaster risk reduction (DRR) normative frameworks, such as the Sendai Framework for DRR,  the Making Cities Resilient 2030 initiative; and tools to help strengthen disaster risk reduction and public health resilience planning such as  the Disaster Resilience Scorecard for Cities – Public Health System Resilience Addendum;
  3. Increased awareness  of cities’ experience and solutions on COVID-19 responses, public health emergency responses, inequity reduction strategies,  disaster risk reduction strategic planning, sustainable urban development showcases, exchanges, and captured in a knowledge report for further dissemination and public policymaking;
  4. Partnership brokering between cities as well as city-related entities facilitated and documented for the incubation of thematic communities of practice (CoP), city clusters, and city networks.


Targeted Audience


Local and national government officials in charge of disaster risk reduction and management, urban development and planning, public health; emergency preparedness, national associations of municipalities; urban resilience and development practitioners as well as civil society, private sector, and academia.

The course is open to all applicants from both developed and developing countries, especially the young experts and officials. Participants from Least Developed Countries (LDC) and Small Island Developing countries are highly encouraged.


Course assessment (exam)


Participants will be given an online voluntary end-of-course assessment via the UNOSSC Virtual Expo Site to test their understanding and knowledge taught and presented in the training The assessment will consist of a quiz to test the  knowledge on South-South and triangular cooperation, disaster and risk reduction, and public health. To be considered successful, the participants need to succeed the completion of the quiz at a rate of 80%.


Course evaluation


To enable evidence-based course evaluation, a post-course survey will be disseminated to participants to collect feedback on the course contents and organization, as well as understanding participants’ development needs for follow-up and to facilitate future programmatic designing.




Certificate of completion will be given to participants who meet the following requirements:

  1. Attend at least 3 out of 4 live sessions (75%)
  2. Complete a feedback survey, and 
  3. Complete an end-of-course assessment (exam), with the score of 80% or above 

Qualified participants who fulfill all requirements can obtain the certificate automatically from the UNOSSC Virtual Expot site.



  • United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) Global Education and Training Institute (GETI) 
  • United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC)
  • World Health Organization (WHO) Health Emergencies Programme
  • Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) 


For more information:

UNDRR Global Education and Training Institute (GETI) at
WHO at


Disclaimer: For the purpose of this training, UNOSSC and UNDRR procure the services of vFairs LLC and Zoom Video Communications, Inc., which are external service providers. Registration for this training is supported by the vFairs registration mechanism and does not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of the Secretariat of the United Nations concerning the legal status of any country, territory, city or area or of its authorities.

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