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  • Webinar: Combating the dual challenges of climate-related disasters and COVID-19 United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Asia and Pacific

    Date: 16 Apr 2020

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Webinar: Combating the dual challenges of climate-related disasters and COVID-19

MAIN ORGANIZER(S): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Asia and Pacific (UNDRR ROAP)

Type: Training Course Date: 16 Apr 2020 Location: Online event

Thursday 16th April, 14:00 to 15:00 Bangkok Time

Disasters affected more than 68 million people in Asia-Pacific last year. The majority of these were caused by weather-related hazards, fueled by climate change. Now as many parts of the region either prepare for - or already in - cyclone season it raises the specter that countries may be confronted with a major climate-related disaster at a time when they are firmly focused on COVID-19 response and recovery.

This webinar shares lessons from the recent devastating cyclone Harold in the Pacific and examines prevention and preparedness measures being taken in other high-risk countries in Asia-Pacific.  The webinar will result in emerging lessons and key recommendations on how to address climate-related and other disaster risks in the face of COVID-19.

Register here:

Mr Sanaka Samarasinha
UN Resident Coordinator 
UN Multi-Country Office, Fiji

Mr Ahmadul Haque
Director, Cyclone Preparedness Programme (CPP)
Ministry of Disaster Management & Relief, Bangladesh

Ms Elizabeth S. Zavalla
Secretary General
The Philippine Red Cross

Ms Lemau. A. M. Afamasaga
Disaster Risk Management Delegate
North Pacific Sub-Office (Palau, Micronesia, Marshall Islands)
Palau Red Cross Society 

Mr Daniel Gilman 
Humanitarian Affairs Officer
UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)

Mr. Jeremy Wellard
Regional Representative for Asia and the Pacific
International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA)

This webinar is the third 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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