The United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) and the Government of the Republic of Korea are opening Asia's first ISDR Education and Training Institute for Urban Risk Reduction and a new UNISDR office in Incheon, Republic of Korea.
The new premises will be inaugurated 11 August 2009 by the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, who has a special interest in disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation, Margareta Wahlström, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, Seong Ryong Choi, the Admininstrator of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and Ahn Sang-Soo, the Mayor of Incheon Metropolitan City. More than 200 participants are expected to attend the opening ceremony among them many high level Korean government representatives.
The ISDR Education and Training Institute for Urban Risk Reduction will act as a facilitator for building capacity on urban risk reduction issues including sharing science technologies and data on climate related hazards. The new UNISDR Office in Incheon which will assist the Northeast Asia Region in the implementation of the work of the Institute.