Two Salford professors appointed to prestigious positions

Two Salford professors appointed to prestigious positions

Congratulations to Professor Dilanthi Amaratunga and Professor Richard Haigh who have been appointed to lead the Editorial Board of an esteemed disaster risk and risk management review.

The United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) has invited the academics from the Centre for Disaster Resilience, in the School of the Built Environment, to edit its Global Assessment Report 2015 (GAR 2015).

The overall objective of the GAR 2015 is to determine whether the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015: Building the resilience of nations and communities to disasters (HFA), which was adopted by 168 states, has been fit for purpose.

As a result, GAR 2015 will provide a global assessment of disaster risk reduction and a comprehensive review and analysis of natural hazards affecting humanity.

The HFA promotes a strategic and systematic approach to reducing vulnerabilities and risks to hazards and highlights the need for building the resilience of nations and communities to disasters.  It proposes how risks can be reduced using five priorities for action along with expected outcome, strategic goals and priorities for action.

It is produced in collaboration and consultation with many stakeholders, including United Nations agencies, governments, academic and research institutions, donors, and technical organisations and specialists.

GAR 2015 will be launched by Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations, at the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction to be held in Sendai, Japan, from 14 March until 18 March 2015.

Dilanthi said: “It is a great honour to serve as an Editor for GAR 2015, which provides a substantive opportunity for us to contribute to the development of the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction.  I look forward to the HFA2 that will be launched in March 2015.”