Urban Risk Reduction: Developing and Implementing Resilience Action Plans for Cities - Online courses

Course Information

Training Course
UNISDR Office for Northeast Asia and Global Education and Training Institute for Disaster Risk Reduction at Incheon (UNISDR ONEA-GETI); United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)
Course 1 Course 2 Course 3


09 May - 10 Jul 2016

16 May - 17 Jul 2016

05 Sep - 15 Nov 2016


English Spanish


About the Course
Over the past 20 years disasters have affected 4.4 billion people, caused USD 2 trillion of damage and killed 1.3 million people. Disasters have affected people living in developing countries and, in particular, the most vulnerable communities within these countries. Particularly in the context of increased urbanization, urban risk continues to rise. The vulnerability of cities to disasters is growing especially as poor people settle in high-risk urban areas. Unfortunately, the planning and development of cities has given little consideration to the consequences of hazards such as earthquakes, hydro-meteorological risks and others. The implication of this reality is the need for countries to focus on creating a safer world for urban dwellers and developing a series of innovative approaches to build resilience.
On the basis of these needs, UNITAR, in partnership with UNISDR’s Global Education and Training Institute (ONEA-GETI), has developed the e-learning course Urban Risk Reduction: Developing and Implementing Resilience Action Plans for Cities.
Course Objectives
This e-Learning course aims to strengthen the capacities of government officials, especially those at the local level, and disaster management professionals to design and implement plans and programmes that reduce disaster risk and enhance resilience.
  • Module 1: Disaster Risk Reduction Concepts and Introduction to Current Trends in Urban Risk
  • Module 2: Implementing the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (2015-2030)
  • Module 3: Introduction to Making Cities Resilient Global Campaign and tools
  • Module 4 DRR Assesment and Analysis Tools
  • Module 5: Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction into Sectoral Programmes for Socio-Economic Development
  • Module 6: Developing, Implementing, Monitoring Resilient Action Plans
  • Methodology
    This 6-module course includes interactive lessons that introduce the participant to the conceptual foundations of disaster risk reduction and urban resilience. the learning materials are presented through various media, such as text, graphs, images and video material, which contribute to better retention and enhance the learning process. participants engage in a set of asssessment quizzes, discussion forums, and practical activities to facilitate interaction and experience sharing.
    Participant Profile
    The course is open to city and local government officials, disaster management professionals, and representatives from academic and training institutions working on disaster risk reduction.
    A certificate of completion will be issued to participants who achieve a minimum total score of 70%. A certificate of participation will be issued to participants who complete all mandatory activities but achieve a final score inferior to 70%.
    Course Duration: 9 weeks
    Learning Time: 4 hours per week
    Course Fee: 100 USD

    Event fee

    No fee

    Target audience

    Government officials, especially those at the local level, and disaster management professionals.

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