Communities around the world are faced with the threat of disasters on a daily basis. National governments, local government associations, international, regional and civil society organisations, donors, the private sector, academia and professional associations as well as every citizen needs to be engaged in reducing their risk to disasters. All these stakeholders must play their part in contributing to building disaster resilient communities.
The 2013 International Conference on Building Resilience will encourage debate on individual, institutional and societal coping strategies to address the challenges associated with disaster risk. The conference will be held at Heritance Ahungalla, on Sri Lanka's southwest coast. As a country subject to several large-scale disasters in recent years, including the 2004 Tsunami and a civil war spanning several decades, Sri Lanka provides an ideal setting to explore the challenge of creating resilient communities and cities.
This event will build upon the successful 2011 International Conference on Building Resilience, which was held in Dambulla, Sri Lanka. The 2011 Conference was held in association with the launch of The Making Cities Resilient: 'My City is getting ready!' campaign, which addresses issues of local governance and urban risk. The 2013 Conference will support the campaign focus areas up to 2015, including city-to-city learning and capacity building, and an emphasis on partnerships.
Conference registration is now open. Please download the Registration Guidelines for detailed instructions on how to register for the conference.
Images: Left, A post-disater housing reconstruction near Vavuniya, Sri Lanka in July 2012.Years of civil war have left the North East of Sri Lanka in need of rebuilding physically, socially and economically.; Right, Road re-construction project near Mannar, Sri Lanka December 2011.