Webinar: It is all about disaster risk governance

Organizer(s) University of Huddersfield

Webinar to mark the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction 2020

This webinar will explore the following questions:

  • Why does understanding the systemic nature of risk matter in the midst of COVID-19 ?
  • What are the best practises in national and local DRR strategies and structures that can enable multi-sectoral cooperation ?
  • What needs to change so that institutions can govern systemic risk ?
  • What are the challenges for science and technology in supporting these changes ?


  • Abhilash Panda, Head for Infrastructure Resilience & Deputy of the Intergovernmental processes, Interagency cooperation and Partnerships, UNDRR
  • Dr Kathy Oldham, Chief Resilience Officer, Greater Manchester Combined Authority, UK
  • Dr Harkunti Rahayu, Chair of Association of Disaster Experts, Indonesia
  • Dr Hemantha Herath, National Coordinator, Disaster Preparedness and Response, Ministry of Health, Sri Lanka
  • Prof. Dilanthi Amaratunga, Global Disaster Resilience Centre, University of Huddersfield, UK


  • Prof. Richard Haigh, Global Disaster Resilience Centre, University of Huddersfield, UK

Expected outcomes

  1. Greater awareness of systemic risks and new trends, including Disease outbreaks, pandemic risk management and the importance of incorporating them in national and local strategies for Disaster Risk Reduction
  2. Greater awareness of the role of good governance in managing systemic risks
  3. Identifying new research directions

Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 AM British summertime (GMT +1hour)

For further information about the events or any inquiries regarding registration, please contact Dr Nuwan Dias at

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