RRCAP Advocates the Importance of Engaging Academia and Faith Actors to Strengthen Cities Resilience


The Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific in partnership with the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Educational Partnerships for Innovation in Communities – Network (EPIC-N), and the World Vision International organized a Webinar on “Making Cities Resilient 2030 (MCR2030): Engaging Academia and Faith Actors to Strengthen Cities Resilience”.


The webinar convened on 25 November 2021 was attended by 59 participants from 19 countries globally including Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, Costa Rica, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kenya, Laos, Lebanon, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, UK, and Vietnam. The webinar content was presented by 8 distinguished speakers from the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, the UN Environment Programme, World Vision, the Educational Partnerships for Innovation in Communities – Network (EPIC-N), and 2 fellows of KAICIID International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue.


The 105 minutes webinar was moderated by Mr. Armen Rostomyan, AIT RRC.AP setting the scene by reminding participants that to achieve objectives of the Sendai Framework, Paris Agreement, and 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development it is crucial to engage all stakeholders including academia and faith actors at all levels. He further emphasized on the role of academia during all phases of the disaster management cycle and the role of Faith Actors in strengthening cities' resilience to climate change and disasters, especially in conflict-affected countries, as many Faith Actors hold a high degree of trust and influence in their communities including a unique network for information dissemination, and access to hard-to-reach areas.