HLPF Side event - register now - 6th of July (6-7:30pm EDT) Governance of disasters risk reduction and resilience to boost the sustainable development goals

The Sustainable Development Goals recognizes the critical role that the interlinkages between the different goals and targets play. Disaster risk reduction and resilience (DR3) is a cross-cutting issue in the context of sustainable development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), specifically SDG 13.1, which aims to “strengthen resilience and adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards and natural disasters in all countries.” The effective implementation of SDG 13.1 requires responsive, inclusive, participatory and representative decision-making at all levels (SDG 16.7).

This SDG 17 project has been reviewing two developed and two developing country approaches to governance of disaster risk reduction and resilience.  

Within the project we have looked at the engagement of stakeholders in drawing up disaster plans at all levels of government. We have also reviewed the available indicators that might be used.

We will discuss how to approach stakeholder identification and engagement processes in the context of multi-level governance to ensure that no one is left behind. 

The side event will discuss the use of implementing machine-based solutions to ensure that the most vulnerable and most impacted by disaster risk reduction and resilience are included. We will discuss identifying strengths and weaknesses of multi-level governance approaches with respect to vulnerability of stakeholder groups. 

Vulnerability is multi-faceted and can be based on discrimination, geography or isolation, governance or policy, socio-economic status, and/or disaster exposure. 

It will include the UNC Snow Angel approach to Stakeholders.

Moderator: Monica Boham, Minister Counsellor Government of Ghana 


Prof Dr Catalina Spataru, Principal Investigator and Project Lead The Head and Scientific Director of Islands Research Laboratory at University College London

Kristen Downs, MS, is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a graduate student researcher in The Water Institute at UNC.

Manta Devi Nowbuth, PhD, is an Associate Professor and Head of the Civil Engineering Department at the Faculty of Engineering, University of Mauritius.

Dr Yaw Agyeman Boafo, Centre for Climate Change and Sustainability  Studies University of Ghana.

Respondents include: 

  • Zafar Adeel, Professor of Professional Practice at School of Sustainable Energy Engineering, Simon Fraser University and managing the Pacific Water Research Centre. He is the former Director of United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH) 

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