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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

p10 NaresuanNaresuan 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

P11 Chiang MaiChiang 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.


Asian Disaster Prepared Center (ADPC)

ADPCThe 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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UNISDR LogoThe 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.



UN Making Cities Resilient Campaign

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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

IJDRBEInternational 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.



ASCENT - Advancing Skill Creation to ENhance Transformation

ascent 1000x400A 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. 



In support of

Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015 - 2030 'Words Into Action' Implementation Guides




Partner Institutions


 University of Central Lancashire 

P2 UCLANUCLan is recognised as a world-class institution, by its inclusion in the 2010 QS World Rankings - the first Modern University in the UK to gain this status. Amongst its programme portfolio of some 500 undergraduate and 200+ postgraduate courses, UCLan is at the forefront of developing degrees in emerging disciplines. The University aims to create the perfect blend of knowledge and practical experience to equip its graduates with the confidence and skills they need to get ahead in the world of work. Not only are employability skills embedded into every degree course, but the sector-defining ‘futures’ careers and employability service offers help and advice, courses and work experience opportunities to help UCLan graduates’ CVs stand out from the pack. UCLan’s partnership network extends to 125 countries in North America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australasia; it runs 100+ student exchange programmes.

UCLan currently employs over 2,300 permanent members of staff. UCLan has the global recognition of its peers, with a focus on applied research, including the identification of human remains in mass disasters, the development of new sign languages, and a variety of health-related research initiatives that are helping to change lives around the world. The University encourages and nurtures originality, from its ground-breaking energy management partnership with British Aerospace Marconi Electronic Systems (BAE Systems) to its launch of the world’s first International Fashion Institute and the UK’s first MBA in Fashion, to its proud record of student business start-ups – a sector-leading 60% of which are still thriving after three years. Research in innovation and performance is at the heart of this research within UCLan. As a result of this, it has been rated Top Modern University in the North West for the 6th year running by the ‘Good University Guide’ due to its encouragement and engagement with research relating creativity and entrepreneurial thinking and innovation.


Tallinn University of Technology

P6 TUTTallinn University of Technology (TUT) was established in 1918 and is the only university which focuses on engineering and technology in Estonia. As the principle provider of engineering- and technology-related graduates, it enjoys a unique connection with Estonian industry and an extensive network of alumni. It has a well-established engineering education tradition and has considerable experience, systems and facilities in place to support research cooperation with foreign universities and international student exchanges.

There are 13050 students at the university (among these 30% Masters’ and 6% PhD students). The total number of academic staff is 1147 and 13% of these are professors. The University implements many international projects under different funding programs. More information about TUT may be found on the university website:

The Department of Building Production of TUT is the department directly responsible for the implementation of the ASCENT project. Its main organisational functions include the fulfilment of part of the civil engineering curricula and carrying out construction-related research. It is a leading provider of higher education and research services to the Estonian construction industry not only in terms of full-time graduate courses but also through distance learning, lifelong learning and continuous professional development courses.

The Department has established long-term partnerships with construction and property organizations in Estonia and is an active partner in international universities’ networks. This ensures that research and education programs maintain close alignment to the current needs of the construction industry, and promotes improvements in industry practice through innovation. Department research field: simulation modelling of management strategies in construction, impact of climate change, disaster resilience, big data analytics, smart buildings, nearly-zero energy solutions, etc. For more information about the Department of Building Production, please visit the departmental website:


Vilnius Gediminas Technical University

P5 VGTUVilnius Gediminas Technical University (VGTU) is one of the biggest universities in Lithuania. VGTU is a member of over 50 international organisations and has over 200 partners consolidated by international projects. VGTU implements many international projects under different funding programmes, such as COST, EUREKA, FP-5, FP-6, FP-7, INTERREG IIIB, and PHARE. Curricula adjustments to meet labour market requirements and the quality assurance in studies are the main priorities in the development plan of VGTU. VGTU is a participant in the EU-Korea, EU-ALFA3 and the EU-Asia link projects. It was awarded the ECTS label in 2006 and the E-Quality Label of European National Agencies in 2007. The Department of Construction Economics and Property Management (CEPM) is committed to developing web-based intelligent, biometric and computer learning systems for real-world applications in construction and real estate. The department focuses its research on multi-variant decision support systems in construction, health and safe house, energy efficiency, climate change, online artificial intelligence technologies, e-city, and big data analytics. The department is active in R&D projects and is currently involved in 10 different projects in the EU, Africa, Asia and at home (COST, FP-5, FP-6, FP-7, TEMPUS, LLP, Intelligent Energy Europe programme). The department is a TEMPUS project coordinator. In the course of these projects, the department has contributed to the scientific community in the last three years 20 articles published in ISI Web of Science journals.


Mid Sweden University

P4 MSUThe Risk and Crisis Research Centre (RCR) at Mid Sweden University is committed to conducting top quality research on risk, crisis, safety and security from a social and societal perspective. Since 2004 we have pursued excellence in research and education. Additionally, we have co-produced cutting edge knowledge and innovations with external partners. In 2017 we are launching the first Nordic simulation centre for crisis management, the RCR Crisis Lab.

RCR comprises about 20 researchers and 10 doctoral students from a wide range of disciplines including sociology, political science, computer science, engineering and law. Our extensive international network includes hundreds of partners and colleagues.

Learn more about the centre, the crisis lab and our bi-annual conference, the Åre Risk Event, at

Mid Sweden University (MIUN) is a Swedish state university located in the geographical middle of the country with campuses in the cities of Östersund and Sundsvall. We create opportunities through openness, personal attention to our students, and diversity. Education has close connections to high quality research, the community of prospective employers, and community outreach.

MIUN employs about 1.000 people and educates more than 13.000 students annually. The university has many strategic international partnerships, both in general terms and in specific fields of research and education. Mobility and exchanges for teachers, researchers, administrative staff and students are important and the university welcomes visiting academic staff and the contribution they make to the degree programs and curriculum development.


Lund University

P3 LundThe Division of Risk Management and Societal Safety was established 1 January 2014 prior to when it was part of the Department of Fire Safety Engineering and System Safety. The Division plays an important role for several educational programmes at Lund University, on bachelor, master and PhD level, by being responsible for several key courses in the programmes. More specifically, the division manages three programmes on master level, i.e. the MSc in Risk Management and Systems Engineering, the MSc in Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change Adaptation, and the MSc in Human Factors and Systems Safety. In addition, the division also offers learning laboratories and short courses for practitioners.

Research at the Division of Risk Management and Societal Safety is focused on how people, organisations and societies deal with events that might threaten something of value. We study both how such events themselves are managed (during an emergency/crisis) and how risk is managed (before the events). Even though the contexts in which the research is conducted are diverse, and the problems studied might vary considerably, a key aspect that characterises them all is the presence, and importance, of uncertainty. Uncertainty, in the present context, stems from the fact that we cannot fully know what will happen in the future. However, a key assumption in risk management is that our actions today may influence future outcomes in a positive way. Thus, despite considerable uncertainty we may do actions today that result in a better outcome tomorrow. 

Studying how various stakeholders deal with aspects relevant for risk management and societal safety provides important knowledge on how systems (including social systems) work. However, the ultimate goal for the research conducted at the division is for it to contribute to solving practical problems. Therefore, a considerable part of the research conducted can also be classified as normative, or design research. The main difference compared to more traditional descriptive research is that it explicitly includes suggestions on how one should deal with various practical problems in the area of risk management and societal safety. International co-operation with other universities and organisations is central to the work at the division.


University of Moratuwa

P7 MoratuwaThe University of Moratuwa Sri Lanka is an independent state university located at Katubedda, Moratuwa overlooking the picturesque Bolgoda Lake. It was established as the University of Moratuwa (UoM), Sri Lanka on 22 December 1978 under the Universities Act No.16 of 1978 and operates under the general direction of the University Grants Commission. However, its origin can be traced back to the Government Technical School (GTS) which was established in Maradana, Colombo in 1893.


University of Moratuwa, consists of three Faculties namely, Architecture, Engineering and Information Technology with nineteen (19) academic departments offering eleven (11) Bachelors degree programs to students selected by the University Grants Commission (UGC) and fifty six (56) postgraduate programs together with MSc, Phil & PhD research-based postgraduate degrees. The University has an undergraduate student population of 7687, and 1050 NDT Diploma students of the Institute of Technology of University of Moratuwa the ITUM. These student numbers encompass 1517 undergraduate students admitted in February 2014 and another batch of 1609 students was admitted in October 2014 from 2013 A/L batch catching up with some time despite severe space constraints. It must be highlighted that the University has been increasing the annual intake of students over 75% overall and 200% in the IT Faculty during the last ten years to meet the increasing demand for our degree programs and thereby catering the human resource development of our nation.


Social Policy Analysis and Research Centre (SPARC), University of Colombo 

P8 ColomboThe Social Policy Analysis and Research Centre (SPARC) of the Faculty of Arts, University of Colombo, provides a focal point within the Sri Lankan University system to integrate research, teaching, training, policy analysis and advocacy on critical areas of social and economic development. The centre facilitates close collaboration between academics and institutions outside of the University system, including governmental as well as non-governmental agencies that are dealing with issues related to social policy.

The establishment of SPARC culminates through a process that was set in motion at the University of Colombo several years back with the launching of the “Improving Capacities for Poverty and Social Policy Research” (IMCAP) in late 2000; a staff and student development programme to strengthen skills of young academics from social science backgrounds on poverty and social policy analysis and research.

The programme has also implemented various research activities with active involvement of younger staff members from different departments within the Faculty of Arts. Significant studies have been undertaken on poverty, alienation of youth, urban housing, education, social and economic security and conflict impact assessment.


University of Ruhuna

P9 RuhunaUniversity of Ruhuna is one of the leading Universities in Sri Lanka functioning since 1978. It’s vision to be the prime intellectual thrust of the nation. It is a multi-campus University with 8 faculties scattered in Southern provincial Cities of Matara ( Faculties of Science, Humanities and Social sciences, Marine Resources ) Galle ( Faculties of Medicine and Engineering ) and in Mapalana, Kambutupitiya ( faculty of Agriculture ). During the 38 years of the existence , university has expanded its horizons to be an entrepreneurial University, by developing and upgrading teaching, research and extension programs through international collaboration with many higher educational institutions around the world and linking with reputed industries.


Department of Disaster Science and Management, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh

P12 DhakaThe department of Disaster Science & Management at The University of Dhaka was established in 2012 with an aim to promote symbiosis of scientific knowledge & indigenous practices to materialize the paradigm shift of international disaster management in Bangladesh. University of Dhaka, one of the top 100 universities in Asia, is the oldest and largest university in Bangladesh. It has nearly 33,000 students and 1800 faculty members. The main purpose of the University is to create new areas of knowledge and disseminate this knowledge for the grater welfare of society. The Department of Disaster Science and Management under the faculty of Earth & Environmental Sciences is one of the emerging departments of this university.

Bangladesh is one of the disaster prone countries of the world and it faces several types of hazards every year. Despite the relentless progress in poverty reduction and balanced economic growth for a decade, development of the country remains in face of severe threats from natural disasters. According to conservative estimations of UNISDR, annually 14 percent of GDP of Bangladesh gets exposed to disasters. The country has suffered an annual loss of 1.8% of the GDP due to natural disasters. The economic loss from disasters, as the research findings of Asian Development Bank (ADB) has demonstrated, will rise to 2% of GDP by 2050 and 9% by the end of this century. Therefore it is a matter of utmost concern of adopting and applying science and technology based programs for disaster management of Bangladesh.


BRAC University

P13 BRACPostgraduate Programs in Disaster Management (PPDM) comprising of certificate, diploma and master's degree programs runs as a semi-autonomous program within BRAC University with a link under the Department of Architecture. The certificate is a 1-semester course; on completion of another semester a diploma is obtained. There is also the option of obtaining a master's degree by completing a dissertation in additional 1-2 semesters. Students are currently doing their master degree programs instead of certificate or diplomas.

BRAC University is one of the very few academic institutions around the world and the first in the region to offer formal academic programs in disaster management. The Postgraduate Programs in Disaster Management (PPDM) was initiated in Fall 2005 with a view to creating qualified professionals in this nationally and internationally significant field. This is a modular program (diploma and master’s degree) with a progressively higher level of academic aptitude. Nearly 100 students have been awarded the Master in Disaster Management degree while more than one hundred students completed Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma courses. The participants in the certificate program are mostly government and NGO officials involved in disaster management related activities while students pursuing Master degrees include other professionals and fresh graduates as well. Graduates from PPDM are well-placed mostly in various national and international development organizations where, in many instances, they have secured their placements before their graduation.


Patuakhali Science and Technology University

P14 PSTUThe university is situated at the south-western part of Bangladesh. Commencing from the Patuakhali Agricultural College, PSTU was inaugurated by Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister, Government of the Peoples’ Republic of Bangladesh on 8 July 2000, and started its academic activities on February 26, 2002. PSTU has given affiliation to the Barisal Government Veterinary College as its constituent faculty. This is the only science and technological university in Barisal division. The PSTU campus is at Dumki Upazila under Patuakhali district. It is about 15 kilometers north from Patuakhali district town. Being the only university in the Barisal division, PSTU was established primarily to facilitate easy access to quality higher education to a populace who had been deprived of this precious right for a very long time since the independence of Bangladesh.

In addition to producing graduates who are highly regarded in the job market, its focus is, therefore, also directed towards creating new knowledge and innovative minds. We are striving to instill the sense of right interests, attitude, morale and intellect in our students so that they are equipped with the best knowledge, skills, competence and attitude that they can utilize for their individual betterment and the prosperity of the society in general.
 Nevertheless, it is gradually advancing towards its goal to transform PSTU into a universally recognized Centre of Excellence.


Western Sydney University


UWS is a vibrant, modern university, located in one of the fastest growing regions in Australia – Greater Western Sydney, which is home to over 2 million people. UWS has over 43,000 students and 3,000 staff across nine campuses. The University has been named one of the world's best 100 universities under the age of 50, ranking 56th in the influential Times Higher Education rankings.

The 100 Under 50 list is a complement to the annual Times Higher Education World University rankings, where the University of Western Sydney was named in the top two per cent of the world's best universities in October 2014. Seventy per cent of the University's research in the last Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) assessment was named as "world standard" or above.



International Institute for Infrastructure Resilience and Reconstruction (IIIRR)

IIIRRThe International Institute for Infrastructure Resilience and Reconstruction (IIIRR) is a multi-university international consortium which provides overall leadership in research, education, planning, design and implementation for natural disaster related mitigation, resilience enhancement, and reconstruction projects.International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment. 

The IIIRR group of interdisciplinary experts includes those who serve as the facilitators for social development, industrial and economic growth as well as environmental preservation through infrastructure development. Innovative and socially responsible projects inspired via internal synergies of the IIIRR will lead to rapid development and improved quality of life. By providing stewardship in infrastructural rebuilding efforts, the IIIRR also creates a common platform for discussion and collaboration among diverse entities such as government, the corporate sector, NGOs and universities, each having specific but diverse goals and priorities.



University of Peradeniya


The University of Peradeniya is a state university in Sri Lanka, funded by the University Grants Commission. It was established as the University of Ceylon in 1942. The University of Peradeniya hosts nine faculties (including the newly added Management faculty), two postgraduate institutes, 10 centres, 73 departments, and teaches about 11,000 students in the fields of Medicine, Agriculture, Arts, Science, Engineering, Dental Sciences, Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science, Management and Allied Health Science. University of Peradeniya strives to offer globally recognized knowledge and education to knowledge seekers at undergraduate, postgraduate and non-graduate levels and deliver education, training and research programs by conducting professional and curriculum-based teaching and learning and conduct high quality research for national, regional and global needs whilst maintaining highest levels of efficiency, effectiveness, integrity and transparency in contributing to the development of a knowledge-based society.



Federation of Sri Lankan Local Government Authorities

FSLGAFSLGA is an affiliated body of the Commonwealth Local Government Forum (CLGF), the International City & County Managers Association (ICMA) and the United Cities and Local Government (UCLG). The president of FSLGA is currently the board director of the CLGF for the Asia region and Commonwealth Asia Pacific (ASPAC) region of the UCLG.

Driven by the passion of serving the people, the three independent associations constituted by the leaders of Local Authorities in Sri Lanka National Chapter of Mayors, United Urban Council Associations and All Island Pradeshiya Sabha Chairmen's association established the Federation of Sri Lankan Local Government Authorities as the umbrella organization for the three associations on 27 May 2007.