The power of ENGAGEMENT: volunteerism and disaster risk reduction in view of the post-2015 agenda
WHEN: 16 March 2015, 17:00-20:00 hrs
WHERE: Tohoku University A205, Sendai, Japan
A UNV side event at the World Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR)
Volunteerism is a fundamental source of community strength and resilience that exists in all societies throughout the world. The role of volunteerism, in general, and mobilizing and managing volunteers, in particular, are important components of any disaster risk management strategy that aims at fostering community recovery, strength and resilience in vulnerable areas.
This event aimed to highlight the significance of volunteering for disaster risk reduction, and to propose ways to further strengthen national, regional and global volunteer Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) programmes that contribute to the post-2015 framework for DRR and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Three UN Volunteers shared their direct experience during the event:
- From Japan to the Democratic Republic of Congo - Akiko Furuya, UN Volunteer serving as Climate Change/ Disaster Risk Reduction advisor in the UNDP Country Office in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)
- Volunteering for my country, Philippines - Alma B. Sevillana, UN Volunteer serving for the Haiyan Response and Recovery programme in the UNDP Country Office in the Philippines
- From Italy to Haiti - Francesca Pinna, UN Volunteer serving in the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Country Office in Haiti.