UNISDR Technology Conference

Project at a glance

Dates and Place

27 - 29 January 2016, Geneva, Switzerland


UNISDR (United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction)


There were around 800 delegates from all over the world, including ministers, professors, UN officials among many others

Project details

The conference brought together the full diversity of the science and technology community, policy makers, practitioners and researchers from all geographical regions, at local, national, regional and international levels to discuss how the science and technology community will best support the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030.

The Sendai Framework is a 15-year non-binding agreement, which recognizes that the State has the primary role to reduce disaster risk but that responsibility should be shared with other stakeholders including local government and the private sector. It aims for the following outcome:

’’The substantial reduction of disaster risk and losses in lives, livelihoods and health and in the economic, physical, social, cultural and environmental assets of persons, businesses, communities and countries.

The UNISDR Science and Technology Conference on the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 promoted and supported the availability and application of science and technology to decision-making in Disaster Risk Reduction.

The conference launched the UNISDR Science and Technology Partnership for the implementation of the Sendai Framework and discussed and endorsed the UNISDR Science and Technology (S&T) road map.

The S&T roadmap defines the expected outcomes of the science and technology work under each of the four Sendai Framework priority areas of actions and the ways to monitor progress and needs. 

For further information: S&T Roadmap

Volunteering Opportunities

A team of volunteers from ICV helped throughout the three days of the UNISDR conference, working closely with the UNISDR conference services team in all manner of tasks. They were involved in a variety of tasks such as: welcoming the delegates, badge distribution and general inquiries. While the sessions were taking place, the volunteers prepared the conference rooms, assisted the delegates with their presentations and oversaw the smooth operation of each session.

Another role of the volunteers was to promote the image of ICVolunteers by representing the values of what ICV stands for. It was a good opportunity to network and inform delegates about ICV’s projects.

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