Important Dates
  • 17-18 April, 2018

    Conference Date
  • 27 March, 2018

    Invitation Notification Deadline
  • 20 March, 2018

    Confirmation Deadline
  • 20 March, 2018

    Registration Deadline
Session 3: Progress on strengthening disaster risk governance in Asia (Sendai priority 2)  
14:30 pm -15:50 pm, April 17, 2018
Chaired by: Dr. Shirish RAVAN, UNOOSA ,
Dr. Shirish Ravan is Senior Programme Officer at the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, based in Vienna, Austria. In addition his responsibilities for the Programme on Space Applications, he coordinates the United Nations Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (UN-SPIDER) globally. The UN-SPIDER has offices in Vienna, Bonn (Germany) and Beijing (China) and is supported by a network of 21 regional support offices. He has extensively worked with the countries in Asia, the Pacific and Africa to offer technical advisory services, institutional strengthening and outreach programmes. Prior to this assignment, he has worked in UN-SPIDER Beijing Office and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime in Afghanistan.  He brings in a vast experience in use of earth observation and geospatial technologies in the diverse areas of thematic applications. He holds Bachelor degree in Horticulture, Master in Environmental Sciences and Doctorate in Forest Ecology. He has over 40 scientific publications to his credit.

Co-Chaired by Dr. & Prof. Siquan YANG, National Disaster Reduction Center of China,
Dr. Yang Siquan, is the Chief Engineer of National Disaster Reduction Center of China, Ministry of Civil Affairs of People's Republic of China. He is a guest Professor of Beijing Normal University. He is concurrently Deputy Director of Office of China National Commission for Disaster Reduction, Secretary General of the Expert Board of China National Commission for Disaster Reduction and Deputy Director of the China National Disaster Reduction and Relief Standardization Technical Committee etc. 
Dr. Yang Siquan is specialized in planning and development of disaster risk analysis and loss assessment. In recent years, he has organized the formulation of the 13th Five-year Plan for China National Comprehensive Disaster Prevention and Reduction, the design and feasibility analysis of Bangladesh Disaster Prevention and Reduction Project, China-ASEAN Disaster Prevention and Reduction Aid Project as well as China-Nepal Disaster Prevention and Reduction Aid Project etc. Currently, he is engaged in the disaster prevention and reduction planning in Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Region, technical support for UN-SPIDER Beijing Office and the technical supervision of DFID Project “Sharing and Learning on Community Based Disaster Management in Asia” etc.
2. Prof. Sugeng TRIUTOMO, Indonesia,
3. Dr. Suju LI, NDRCC, China,
4. Prof. Huili GONG, CNU, China,
5. Mr. Sanny JEGILLOS, UNDP,
6. Dr. Siemon HOLLEMA, World Food Programme <>
The Sendai framework highlights importance of disaster risk governance at the national, regional and global levels and envisages participation of relevant stakeholders and partnership across mechanisms and institutions for the implementation of instruments relevant to disaster risk reduction and sustainable development. 
One of the 7 global targets of the Sendai Framework is to ‘Substantially increase the number of countries with national and local disaster risk reduction strategies by 2020’. At national levels, several countries are formulating or revising disaster management strategies, laws and plans. This is right time for incorporating S&T in these strategies and plans so that applications of S&T is fully taken into account in disaster risk reduction efforts of countries. 
S&T plans should be offshoot of the disaster management strategies and should consider diverse aspects such as the assessment and analysis of hazards, consequences of cascading risks; development and validation of applied tools and standards; the design and use of new technologies; and, a range of education and communication roles. This includes better coordination and capacity building of local institutions and the range of organisations working, including those working for data and data management including spatial and non-spatial data collection. 
The session will focus on three main aspects: Strengthening the science-policy nexus, development of national S&T plans to support Sendai and Partnership with local communities