Global Disaster Resilience Centre, University of Huddersfield, UK
What would it be like to live in a world in which government authorities, businesses, communities and individuals work together to create a society that is able to withstand the effects of unforeseen events and threats? At the Global Disaster Resilience Centre we are working with stakeholders at the global, national and local level to make this happen.
The Global Disaster Resilience Centre is committed to excellence in research, education and advocacy to improve the resilience of nations and communities to disasters.
With growing population and infrastructures, the world’s exposure to hazards is increasing. When disaster strikes, communities may need to be rebuilt physically economically and socially. At the same time, it is vital that any reconstruction activity pro-actively considers how to protect people and their environment, and reduce a community’s vulnerability.
The Global Disaster Resilience Centre is part of the School of Art, Design and Architecture at the University of Huddersfield in the UK. In November 2013, the University of Huddersfield was awarded the Times Higher Education University of the Year. The University excels in enterprise and innovation and in 2012, was named the Times Higher Education Entrepreneurial University of the Year.
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Naresuan University (NU) emphasizes the improvement of educational opportunity and equity for all as one of the top government university in Thailand. A strong focus is placed upon research, innovation, partnership, and internationalization. NU aspires to be the University of Innovation. It is strategically located at the heart of the Thai Kingdom, Phitsanolok province, the major city of the lower northern region and more importantly, the birthplace of King Naresuan the Great for whom our University is named. University was officially founded on July 29, 1990. Its history can, however, be traced back to its inception as the College of Education in 1967. NU is the comprehensive university lives up to the public expectations in providing diverse, cutting-edge programs through 22 faculties, colleges, and a demonstration school. NU vision statement affirms a commitment to continue proactive roles in promoting high standards in higher education both in the national and international arenas.Through ongoing review and the development of new paradigms of the best practice, the university continues to improve the quality of teaching and learning, especially highlighting the project-based, inquiry model throughout the university. All the programs are continuously enriched and informed by the rapid transfer of new knowledge used in ongoing curriculum improvements. In academic year 2013, the number of full time academic staff are 2,754 and the number of the students who come from 77 provinces of Thailand and twenty-one foreign countries are 19,986, totally.
Chiang Mai University was founded in January 1964, under a Royal Charter granted by His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej. CMU was the first institution of higher education in the north, and the first provincial university in Thailand. Currently, CMU is the top-three University in Thailand, ranked by the QS World University Ranking.
With its 20 Faculties, 3 Colleges, and 3 Research Institutes, with over 35,000 students, CMU is a Leading University with Academic Excellence in International Standards, focusing to become a research-oriented institution of higher education and producing graduates with high moral and ethical standards, equipped to practice good governance under the Sufficiency Economy Philosophy and Sustainable Development.
The Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) is an independent regional non-profit organization that works to build the resilience of people and institutions to disasters and climate change impacts in Asia-Pacific.
ADPC’s strategy to build safer communities and sustainable development is informed by the post-2015 development agenda. The areas of strategic focus to 2020 support the implementation of global frameworks including the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and the Sustainable Development Goals, and commitments under the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and World Humanitarian Summit.
Established in 1986 as a technical capacity building facility, ADPC has grown and diversified its expertise across social and physical sciences to support sustainable solutions for risk reduction and risk management across a broad range of specialist areas. The Bangkok headquarters and country offices in Myanmar, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka host experts in risk assessment and decision-support systems including utilizing state-of-the-art climate and geospatial science; policy and planning professionals, and experts in private sector, health, community resilience and social science, who work towards inclusive development goals across these thematic areas. The ADPC Academy designs and delivers specialist capacity-building and training courses at all levels, as well as enhancing the capabilities of national training centers.
Through its focus on gender and diversity, poverty and livelihoods, ADPC’s approach champions the use of disaggregated data, empowerment of marginalized groups and a focus on equality impacts to ensure there is a fair distribution of benefits and that inherent or new risks to vulnerable populations are not increased.
In view of the trans-boundary nature of disasters and the importance of regional cooperation for an enhanced management of disaster and climate risks, 26 countries of Asia and the Pacific established the RCC in 2000. Since then, ADPC has been supporting the RCC as its secretariat. It is a unique forum that brings NDMOs of member courtiers together every year and focuses on the implementation of disaster and climate risk management initiatives. RCC facilitates the implementation of the global and regional frameworks at national and regional level.
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The UN General Assembly adopted the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction in December 1999 and established UNISDR, the secretariat to ensure its implementation. UNISDR, the UN office for disaster risk reduction, is also the focal point in the UN system for the coordination of disaster risk reduction and the implementation of the international blueprint for disaster risk reduction - the "Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015: Building the resilience of nations and communities to disasters".
UNISDR defines itself through its multi-stakeholder coordination approach based on the relationships it has developed with national and local governments, intergovernmental organizations and civil society, including the private sector, and by its mode of operating through a network of global partners.
UNISDR has five regional offices – in Asia (Bangkok), Africa (Nairobi), Europe (Brussels), Arab States (Cairo) and Americas and the Caribbean (Panama) – and the UNISDR Headquarters in Geneva. UNISDR also maintains a UN Headquarters liaison office in New York, a liaison office in Bonn and field presences in Rio de Janeiro, Kobe, Suva, Incheon and Almaty.
The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and its partners are working towards a sustainable urbanization by taking proactive actions. The Making Cities Resilient campaign launched in May 2010 addresses issues of local governance and urban risk. The Campaign is led by the UNISDR but is self-motivating, partnership and city-driven with an aim to raise the profile of resilience and disaster risk reduction among local governments and urban communities worldwide.
Since 2010, the Making Cities Resilient Campaign has served as a means of supporting the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) at local level.
Building on the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 with its seven targets and four priorities for action, the Making Cities Resilient Campaign will carry on at least until 2020.
International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment (IJDRBE) is the only journal to promote research and scholarly activity that examines the role of building and construction to anticipate and respond to unexpected events that damage or destroy the built environment. IJDRBE is a CIB-encouraged journal.
A new project funded by the European Union aims to strengthen research and innovation capacity for the development of societal resilience to disasters. The project, called ASCENT (Advancing Skill Creation to ENhance Transformation), will support training, skills, leadership development, international collaboration and university-industry partnerships. It will strengthen the ability of higher education to respond to research needs in disaster resilience. It will also empower individuals and organisations with the skills, competencies and credentials needed to continue to pursue research, and to lead research at institutions, aimed at reducing the impact of disasters.
ASCENT is co-funded by an EU Erasmus+ programme grant, will run for three years and is led by the University of Huddersfield’s Global Disaster Resilience Centre, based in the UK. They are joined by a consortium of 13 European and Asian higher education institutions from the Bangladesh, Estonia, Lithuania, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Thailand and the UK.
Over three years, the ASCENT consortium will identify research and innovative capacity needs across Asian higher education institutions in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Thailand to tackle the development of societal resilience to disasters. It will develop research infrastructure, prepare researchers to undertake advanced, world-class and innovative, multi- and interdisciplinary research, and increase international cooperation among higher education. It will also explore, promote and initiate opportunities for fruitful university / industry partnerships. In doing so, ASCENT will provide the link between the research and the public, helping to reinforce the connection between education and society.
The project was inspired by the Sendai Framework for Action 2015-2030, signed by 187 UN member states in March 2015, as a 15-year, voluntary, non-binding agreement which recognises that the State has the primary role to reduce disaster risk but that responsibility should be shared with other stakeholders including local government, the private sector and other stakeholders. The Framework identifies that international, regional, sub-regional and transboundary cooperation remains pivotal in supporting the efforts of States, their national and local authorities, as well as communities and businesses, to reduce disaster risk.