The Sendai Framework emphasizes the role of science and technology. It calls to prioritize the development and dissemination of science-based risk knowledge, methodologies and tools, science and technology work on DRR through existing networks and research institutions and strengthened interface between science and policy to support all four priority areas: understanding disaster risk; disaster risk governance; investing in DRR for resilience; and enhancing disaster preparedness for response and to build back better. This is envisaged to be done with support of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) Scientific and Technical Advisory Group (STAG).
Further, the 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (May 2017, Cancun, Mexico ) highlighted the need to 'bridge the gap between science and technology and policy-making to ensure that the strategies required by 2020 are sound, including that they anticipate emerging risk patterns'.
The 2nd Asia Science and Technology Conference will provide an opportunity to the science, research, academia community in Asia to continue the much-needed science-policy dialogue to ensure that implementation of disaster risk reduction measures at all level are sound science and technology based.