UNITAR Women’s Leadership in Tsunami-based Disaster Risk Reduction Training Programme for World Tsunami Awareness Day 2023

Source(s): United Nations Institute for Training and Research

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Women living in or from the Pacific Island countries and territories are invited to apply to the UNITAR Women’s Leadership in Tsunami-based Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) for World Tsunami Awareness Day 2023. Women tend to have a higher vulnerability to disaster risks and building their capacity will reduce these risks. People from Asia and men are also welcome to apply. The programme aims to equip participants with lifelong skills to develop inclusive disaster risk reduction plans that match the needs of their communities and country. The programme will pay particular attention to gender-specific capacities and vulnerabilities in communities. The deadline to apply is 1 September.

The programme aims to enrol 100 learners and selected participants with outstanding performances will progress to the second phase. It will cover topics such as the Sendai Framework, the Sustainable Development Goals, gender-responsive DRR, multi-stakeholder coalitions in DRR, community-based DRR, and climate change. Participants will develop a DRR plan of action to address future disasters that may strike their society.

Participants will learn from Japan’s experiences with major disasters and its reconstruction efforts, as well as from experiences from the Pacific and Asia regions.

The programme is made possible with the support of the Government and the People of Japan.

Programme structure

Phase I (September to November 2023) is divided into four sections and will end with final group presentations.

  • Section 1: Introduction to DRR and Japan’s Experiences
  • Section 2: Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction in the Region
  • Section 3: Women’s Leadership in DRR
  • Section 4: Preparing for Future Disasters: Preparedness and Community-based DRR
  • Final group presentations: Participants will be required to develop an inclusive DRR plan and present as a group

Those who complete Phase I can apply to continue to Phase II (February 2024), which will be an in-person training. Invited participants will explore leadership and management in disaster responses. Phase II will focus on post-disaster and recovery and will include site visits, lectures and interactions with experts.


Participants must be at least 18 years old and have:

  • interest in disaster risk reduction
  • strong desire to make a difference in their society
  • stable internet connectivity
  • good command of the English language (oral and written)
  • commitment to spend 1-3 hours per week to complete each section of this 10-week course

Women applicants will receive priority and geographical representation will be considered. The Certificate of Completion will be awarded to participants who complete Phase I. Selected participants that participate in Phase II will also receive certificates following their participation in the in-person training.

The deadline for application is 1 September 2023. 

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