Centre for Disaster Resilience becomes an Academic Partner of UN’s World Disaster Reduction Campaign on Building Resilience Cities

Disaster management activities that are being carried out by the Centre for Disaster Resilience has been recognised by identifying the Centre as one of the five academic partners of the UNISDR’s (United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction) 2010 – 2011 UNISDR World Disaster Reduction Campaign on Building Resilience Cities. Accordingly, Centre’s specific involvement towards implementation of the 2010 – 2015 UNISDR World Disaster Reduction Campaign on Building Resilience Cities is built around:

  • Contribute as a main global partner in the campaign, representing academic, technical and expert institutions
  • Contribution toward the overall goal - empower local governments with stronger national policies to invest in risk reduction at local level, as part of urban and regional development plans by working with them closely
  • Contribution towards action lines of the campaign:
    • TO CONNECT: Build partnerships between local and national authorities, with local actors, civil society groups, academia and expert organizations
    • TO INFORM: Raise the awareness on urban disaster risk, how to address these risks as part of development planning, safer schools and hospitals, local government services and by citizens and other local actors.
    • TO LEARN AND IMPLEMENT: Increase the knowledge and improve access to tools, technology and capacity development opportunities for local governments and local actors. 
  • Contribute towards the campaign in terms of: convene a virtual consultative group globally to guide the campaign; convene platforms or task forces for collaboration in the regions

Centre for Disaster Resilience is already working with “Batticaloa District” in Eastern Sri Lanka, in respect of a nomination for “Resilient City Participant” status. The District was severely affected due to the 2004 Tsunami and by the country’s 30 year long civil war. The University of Salford will be working very closely with the Batticaloa District’s local government & a range of national and international partners towards improvement in the following steps for city resilience: 

  • Make Disaster Risk Reduction a Priority
  • Know the Risks and Take Action
  • Build Understanding and Awareness
  • Reduce Risk

Highlights of Salford – UNISDR partnership can be found here:

Download the 2013 progress report highlighting CDR Activities towards the UNISDR campaign.

Download the 2012 progress report highlighting CDR Activities towards the UNISDR campaign.