Webinars on Resilient Cities starts 29 May

United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction
The multistakeholder process in action in the Latin American region
The multistakeholder process in action in the Latin American region
UNISDR Panama Office

GENEVA, 29 May 2012 - A series of four webinars on building disaster resilient cities begins today, hosted by the International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and the UN office for disaster risk reduction (UNISDR). The topics are: enabling risk reduction through urban planning; how to encourage multi-stakeholder engagement as a key factor in in the planning, design, construction and operation or maintenance of resilient cities; people’s needs and expectations in post-disaster reconstruction (in Spanish); and how local governments have used UNISDR's Ten Essentials for Making Cities Resilient and the Local Government Self-Assessment Tool to close gaps and define priorities and institutional commitments to reduce disaster risk at local level.

The output from the webinars will help inform future research in building, construction and disaster resilience, which will be presented at a special session on Disaster Resilience and the Built Environment (hosted by TG63) at the CIB World Building Congress in Brisbane in May 2013. The webinars will also inform the first annual report of the UNISDR Making Cities Resilient Campaign to be prepared in 2012.

The webinars will be held online in English or in Spanish. Each webinar will have a panel of presentations by researchers and city representatives plus a discussion session in which listeners can write in with questions and interact with the presenters. The webinars will be recorded for participants unable to join the live sessions.

For more details on webinar topics click here: http://resilientcitieswebinars2012.eventbrite.com/

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