Webinar: Disaster-Responsive Social Protection: Lessons from COVID-19

Organizer(s) United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Asia and Pacific Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations - Headquarters United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN-ESCAP)
Webinar 8 poster
Event language(s)
  • English


Effective social protection is critical to reduce vulnerability and support timely recovery. However, to date, national systems have been too underdeveloped or not flexible enough to allow them to expand before or during emergencies. Despite these shortcomings, many countries in Asia-Pacific are relying on social protection mechanisms to respond to and recover from the COVID-19 crisis, reaching millions of people with cash-based assistance and other forms of support.

This webinar explores how countries in the region are leveraging social protection systems in relation to the COVID pandemic, highlighting the challenges and successes to date. It will also draw lessons from the current crisis, including how to ensure social protection systems are in place before a shock occurs. It will explore financing options to expand social protection coverage, especially to help reduce disaster-related vulnerability.


Ms Tiziana Bonapace

Director, Information and Communications Technology and Disaster Risk Reduction Division

Ms Sita Sumrit

Assistant Director, Poverty Eradication and Gender Division,
ASEAN Human Development Directorate,

ASEAN Secretariat

Ms Wilma D. Naviamos,

Director, Program Management Bureau
Department of Social Welfare and Development,
The Philippines

Mr Jerome Balinton

Humanitarian Manager,
Save the Children Philippines

Mr Vinod Ahuja

FAO, Mongolia

Ms Loretta Hieber Girardet (Moderator)

Chief, UNDRR Asia-Pacific


This webinar is the eighth in a series of webinars on COVID-19 organized by UNDRR’s Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific. As the first region to be impacted by COVID-19, Asia-Pacific has become the testing ground for innovations and solutions to tackle this global disaster.

We aim to use these webinars to distil in 60 minutes the most relevant information and actionable recommendations on priority topics to support countries in their prevention, response and recovery efforts. We will also share issue briefs on the webinar topics that capture emerging lessons and policy recommendations.

Disclaimer:  For the purpose of this event, UNDRR procures the services of Zoom Video Communications, Inc., an external service provider. Registration for this webinar is supported by the Zoom 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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