International Seminar on Urban Disaster Risk Reduction and

Iranian Red Crescent
International Seminar on Urban Disaster Risk Reduction and
Persian Esteghlal International Hotel , Tehran, 4-7 May 2015
Provisional Agenda
Day 1: Monday 4 May
Opening Session and key note speeches
Session 1:
Urban risks: Present situation and future prospects, where and how should we
go? Our vision and approach
Understanding better the context, current situation and future trends
-Impact of urban risks on human development
-Humanitarian consequences of disaster risks in cities and urban settings
What has been done so far in reducing urban risks?
- A global picture, including the outcomes of the World Conference on
Disaster Risk Reduction, Sendai 2015
- Social environment and community dimension, including the outcomes of
the IFRC Partnership for Urban DRR/DM and relevant initiatives
Panel on: "No one can do it alone, role of national/local governments and
communities in reducing urban risks"
Working Groups
Day 2: Tuesday 5 May
Session 2:
What is needed to make a measurable progress in reducing urban risks and
responding to urban disasters effectively ? (Programming, methodologies and
 Urban risks: key concepts and characteristics
-Urban vs rural community?
-Social context in urban risks
Institutional set up, clarity in mandate and effective engagement
- Integration of community level action into national system
- Legislation and legal frameworks
Better understanding, assessment and mapping of urban risks
-Outcomes of recent IFRC urban DRR projects
- Role of science and technology in urban risk assessment,
Risk monitoring and disaster early warning in cities and urban areas
Working groups on: Developing the key indicators and index for:
- Institutional and operational capacities for Urban DRR-DM
- Urban risk assessment and mapping
- Monitoring and early warning in urban context
Day 3: Wednesday 6 May
Session 2: ( continued)
 Disaster preparedness, response and recovery in cities and urban area. What
are the differences? what more needed to be done?
- Contingency planning for disasters in megacities, Tehran
- Experiences of response to typhoon Haiyan
- Experience of recovery after Haiti or Christchurch earthquakes (TBC)
Reducing social violence in cities and urban settings
Prevention of and response to armed conflicts
- Recent experiences of humanitarian response in Syria
- Response to armed conflicts in cities, new developments
Working groups on: developing the key indicators and index for:
-Urban disaster preparedness and contingency planning
-Urban disaster response and recovery
-Prevention of social violence and humanitarian response to armed conflicts
in cities and urban settings
Social event and dinner
Day 4: Thursday 7 May
Session 3:
How to reach and help more communities and vulnerable people in cities?
Strategic directions for IFRC urban DRR/DM in the coming five years
Launch of the IFRC 50 Cities DRR Initiative
Final Session: Way forward
 Next steps
 Recommendations and Key Messages for post 2015 Agenda
 Final remarks
Closing ceremony
For more information or any query contact:
Mostafa Mohaghegh
Partnership for Urban Disaster Risk Reduction
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
Chemin des Crêts, 17 | 1209 Petit Saconnex | Geneva | Switzerland
Tel. +41 (0)22 730 4242
Email: [email protected]