Youth Economic Opportunities in Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) & Climate Adaptation

 

March 8              1:00pm - 6:30 pm           CSI Annex, Toronto

as part of the

FIFTH REGIONAL PLATFORM FOR Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas

, Montreal, Canada


#BeaDRRChangeAgent         #ResilienceForAll            #SendaiAmericas


"Youth Economic Opportunities in Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) & Climate Adaptation" will take place as an official side event of the Fifth Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in the Americas held by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) in Montreal, Canada, March 7-9. Other official side events will take place across the country.

The Platform brings together key players from North, South, and Central America and the Caribbean, involved in disaster risk reduction and resilience building. Hosted by the Government of Canada in cooperation with UNISDR, the Regional Platform will mark the first opportunity for governments and stakeholders of the Americas to discuss how governments, ministers, civil society leaders, technical and scientific institutions, private sector, and media can drive the implementation of the UN’s Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas. More than 1,000 delegates are expected, including policy makers, practitioners, experts and disaster risk managers.

According to UNISDR, "action that addresses the interlinked challenges of disaster risk, sustainable development and climate change is a core priority given that 90% of recorded major disasters caused by natural hazards from 1995 to 2015 were linked to climate and weather including floods, storms, heatwaves and droughts."

Sponsored by RSA Canada, and organized by York University and CLARION (Community-Led Action to Resilience in our Neighbourhoods), the "Youth Economic Opportunities in DRR & Climate Adaptation" side event will bring together stakeholders in Toronto to explore how emergency preparedness, response, and recovery at the community level can foster economic opportunities for youth in the green economy.

This event takes place in two parts. Attendees may register for Part One, Part Two, or Both.


Agenda: Part One (Optional)

  • 12:45: Registration
  • 1:00pm –1:30pm: Welcome and introductions
  • 1:30pm – 3:00pm: Interactive simulation game
  • 3:00pm – 3:10pm: Refreshment Break
  • 3:10pm –4:00pm: Recommendations for the UN Platform and close of Part One

Agenda: Part Two (Optional)

  • 4:00pm – 4:30pm: Refreshment Break and/or Registration for New Arrivals
  • 4:30pm - 6:30pm: Panel discussion and networking reception
    • Panelists:
      • John Godfrey (Ontario Climate Change Advisor ),
      • Walter Perchal (Disaster & Emergency Management Program, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, York University)
      • Chris Robinson (School of Administrative Studies, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, York University) 
      • Nimesha Basnayaka (ACER & Riparian Rangers)
      • Vince Schutt (Environmentum)
      • David Etkin (Disaster & Emergency Management Program, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, York University)
    • Moderator: Jerry Mings
  • 6:30pm: Event close

Registration

For registration please click here.


MORE ABOUT  PUBLIC FORUMS ORGANIZED DURING The 5th Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas (RPA)

The 5th Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas (RPA) focuses on the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030. Approximately 1000 participants from 35 sovereign countries and 20 territories in the Americas are expected to participate in the RPA to be held in Montreal on March 7-9, 2017. A limited number of seat are available for this 3-day event; therefore, in an effort to be inclusive, Canada is offering stakeholders an opportunity to participate in discussions during the Public Forum, a free event, that will link back to the RPA (list of all public forums ). This allows us to widen the scope of participation and have meaningful discussions with a range of stakeholders.

The goals of the Public Forum

  • Through Public Engagement, to enrich the dialogue and inclusiveness associated with Canada’s hosting of the RPA
  • Contribute to the RPA through a selection of targeted results oriented workshops run in parallel (open to the public)
  • To help shape the Regional Action Plan stemming from the Platform
  • To facilitate collaborative relationships across academia, Industry, Non-governmental organizations, government and general public

This approach serves to further meet the Sendai Framework commitments to:

  • the whole of society (available to a broader level of participation)
  • academia (will also serve to enhance links with academia)
  • youth (encourage participation of students)

The Themes are to line up with the 5th RPA program elements, focusing on the Sendai Framework Priority 1: Understanding Risk

Suggested streams:

  • Climate Change Impacts, Health and DRR
  • Indigenous community and DRR
  • Gender equality, Human Rights and DRR
  • DRR and resilience
  • Community based DRR
  • Role of Civil Society
  • Sustainable Development, financial costs and DRR
  • Private/Public Collaboration
  • Science and technology solutions

 In addition to the programming organized by the institution, events of the Public Forum can also view the sessions of the RPA through live webcast. The link will be available at the RPA website: http://www.eird.org/rp17/


Organizers, Sponsors, and Supporters of the Toronto Public Forum

York University/ADERSIM (Advanced Disaster, Emergency and Rapid Response Simulation Initiatives-ADERSIM CREATE), Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies (Global and Community Outreach),  Disaster & Emergency Management ProgramDisaster and Emergency Management Students Association, Undergraduate Disaster & Emergency Management Students Association


, CLARION (Community-Led Action to Resilience in our Neighbourhoods)


, RSA Canada


, CREW


, Faith & the Common Good


, School of Social Entrepreneurs


  The League of Entrepreneurs


Photo credit: Jake Martella